The former NFL quarterback worked out “a lot” with Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers star was in college at California. And, to Dilfer, Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa “throws it better than Aaron Rodgers threw it as a sophomore at Cal-Berkeley.”
“That’s not an exaggeration,” Dilfer added.
Dilfer, the Elite 11 head coach, worked with Tagovailoa last year and says the five-star lefty from Hawaii is “probably the most gifted passer I’ve seen at this age.”
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Tagovailoa, last year’s Elite 11 MVP, was the top dual-threat quarterback and No. 32 overall prospect in this year’s recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
“He’s the most coachable kid that I’ve ever coached,” Dilfer told Tide 102.9. “He was a trainwreck when I first saw him in May of last year fundamentally. I actually jumped him a little bit. I gave him some stuff I wanted to see changed. When I saw him about three weeks later, he had made the biggest transformation I’d ever seen a quarterback make in a short amount of time, so I have a ton of confidence in the kid.”
Starting quarterback Jalen Hurts had a strong first scrimmage for Alabama last weekend. So did Tagovailoa.
Both threw four touchdowns and didn’t have any interceptions.
“I think Tua has a chance to be an exceptional football player,” Dilfer said. “Not good. Not great. Exceptional.”