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Offbeat Tua Tagovailoa Remains Alabama's Starting Quarterback For Week 2

22:05  03 september  2018
22:05  03 september  2018 Source:   si.com

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Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will start again for Alabama in Week 2 , coach Nick Saban announced at a press conference Monday. Saban kept the mystery intact heading into Week 1 by listing junior Jalen Hurts and sophomore Tua Tagovailoa as co-starters.

Tuanigamanuolepola " Tua " Tagovailoa (/ˌtʌŋoʊvaɪˈloʊə/ TUNG-oh-vai-LOA; born March 2 , 1998) is an American football quarterback . He played college football at the University of Alabama .

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Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will start again for Alabama in Week 2, coach Nick Saban announced at a press conference Monday.

"Everyone knows that Tua is going to start and we're going to use Jalen [Hurt's] skill set in the future," Saban said, per ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at the Citrus Bowl last week .Credit Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

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All summer, plenty of questions swirled around who Saban would name as this season's starter. Saban kept the mystery intact heading into Week 1 by listing junior Jalen Hurts and sophomore Tua Tagovailoa as co-starters.

Saban infamously benched Hurts at halftime in the College Football Playoff final in January to play Tagovailoa, and the Crimson Tide were rewarded as the true freshman rallied them from 13 points down for a 26–23 overtime win.

On Saturday night, Tagovailoa got his first career start against the Cardinals and helped lead the Tide to a 51-14 victory. Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, while also rushing for a touchdown. Hurts and Tagovailoa split playing time throughout the game.

"Tua is instictive and got the ball to the right place most of the time," Saban said, per ESPN.

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Handed the ball at halftime, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took control of Alabama ' s offense and led The freshman, Tua Tagovailoa , a 19-year-old backup quarterback from Honolulu, had stepped into a dire situation Monday night. Mariota is chasing his own championship this week ; on Saturday night

QB Tua Tagovailoa to remain Alabama starting quarterback . "Everybody knows that Tua ' s gonna start and we're gonna use Jalen' s skill set in the future," Saban said. Saban, who avoided making any statements about the quarterbacks until now, made a point of saying that not naming a starter until

Hurts entered Saturday night's game halfway through the second quarter. Hurts went 5-for-9 with 90 yards and no touchdowns.

The junior had 28 straight starts before Saturday with a 26-2 record. If Hurts appears in four games or fewer this season, he could redshirt and have another year of eligibility. Hurts is currently committed to play through December when he is scheduled to graduate.

Saban said he hadn't considered how the redshirt rule might apply to Hurts.

"Not from my standpoint," Saban said. "I don't know how you can prepare when you pick and choose when you play players. I don't know how a player really can pick and choose when he wants to play and have any respect for his teammates."

Saban also addressed his abrasive answer to ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor's question about Hurts and Tagovailoa's performance after Saturday's game.

"I could have handled it in a better way," Saban said, per the Associated Press' John Zenor. "But I do think the statement I made before about loving our players and if I get asked to villify a player and make another a crown prince publicly...I need to learn [a] better way to respond to that."

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That incredible half from Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the national title game was just the beginning. Check out this stat from our friend Bruce Feldman. This should terrify an Ole Miss defense that just allowed 41 points to Southern Illinois and has to face Alabama on Saturday in Oxford.

Alabama plays Arkansas in their home-opener on Saturday. The game is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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