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SportTua Tagovailoa praises Jalen Hurts: Staying at Alabama was ‘something very special’

19:05  07 december  2018
19:05  07 december  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Tagovailoa expected to be available for CFP despite sprained ankle

Tagovailoa expected to be available for CFP despite sprained ankle Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be available for the College Football Playoff despite suffering a sprained ankle.

Tuanigamanuolepola " Tua " Tagovailoa (TOO-ah TUNG-oh- vai-LOH-ah) (born March 2, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was born and raised in Hawaii.

Tua Tagovailoa interview Oct. 2, 2018 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama Crimson Tide on AL .com.

Tua Tagovailoa praises Jalen Hurts: Staying at Alabama was ‘something very special’© USA TODAY USA TODAY Alabama backup quarterback Jalen Hurts became the star of the SEC championship game Saturday when he took over for an injured Tua Tagovailoa and led the Crimson Tide to a come-back 35-28 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

Hurts entered the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Alabama trailed the Bulldogs, 28-21, and had not led the entire game. The junior quarterback - who was Alabama's starter in the 2016 and 2017 seasons - led the Crimson Tide to the final two touchdowns to win the game, and he got the go-ahead score with a 15-yard run to the end zone.

In the days following Alabama's SEC championship victory, Hurts has received an abundance of praise for not only his performance but also for staying with the program when he could have opted to transfer after losing the starting job.

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Jalen Hurts (born August 7, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Hurts attended Channelview High School in Channelview, Texas.

Jalen Hurts , Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama 's Fascinating Offseason Quarterback Quandary. The message? That lefty out there for Alabama is something . Staying at quarterback is far more likely. So if Tagovailoa won the job, Hurts would have to choose starting elsewhere in 2019 or backing up

And some of those strong words came from Tagovailoa.

Thursday at the college football year-end awards, Tagovailoa applauded Hurts, saying:

"(It's a) testament to Jalen's hard work he's put in the offseason. To character - it shows the kind of character he has, with his faith as well. The kind of background he comes from with his family support. I think it's something very special for him to have stayed, and I definitely think he deserves everything that's coming his way right now."

What happened in the SEC championship game was a similar situation to last year's national championship game against Georgia with some role reversal. In the January game, Tagovailoa took over for Hurts at halftime and led the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

Tagovailoa on field for Alabama's 1st bowl practice

Tagovailoa on field for Alabama's 1st bowl practice Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Alabama's SEC Championship win over Georgia.

Let’s track the Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa Alabama QB controversy, shall we? And I definitely think it was something that should’ve been talked about a long time ago, instead of being Hurts is expected to graduate from Alabama at the end of the year. That would make him eligible to play

Hurts went into that offseason as Alabama ’s unquestioned starter, and while there was some early buzz around then-freshman Tua Tagovailoa , Hurts ’s job Hurts said he told Saban that despite all the speculation about a transfer, Hurts intends to stay at Alabama this season and graduate in

Tagovailoa later continued to speak about Hurts' character and the kind of person and player he is after losing his starting job this season:

"I think it's a bigger testament to how he was raised, with his family, how they raised him. I think they've done a tremendous job with that. Jalen's an all-around great person. He's a great student, and on the field, he's just a very good supporter to me and Mac Jones as well. Mac Jones is a great supporter of us. But you know, just an all-around great person."

Alabama is off to the College Football Playoff for the fifth time in five years, and the Crimson Tide will play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl semifinal.

Tagovailoa was injured early in Saturday's game against Georgia, but he kept playing - although it was (perhaps understandably) his worst performance of the season - and didn't leave until the fourth quarter. He had surgery Sunday for his high ankle sprain and is expected to be recovered by the bowl game, The Athletic reported.

Cam Newton not recognizing Tua Tagovailoa for Heisman Trophy

Cam Newton not recognizing Tua Tagovailoa for Heisman Trophy The 2018 Heisman Trophy race appears to be unofficially down to two candidates, but Cam Newton has apparently never heard of one of them. Newton, who has a Heisman vote every year as a former recipient of the award, was asked on Wednesday who his pick is to win the coveted trophy. He said he can’t answer the question “for obvious reasons,” and he had an interesting response when a reporter brought up Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Cam, when asked who his Heisman pick is: "Next question, for obvious reasons.

This might have worked at Alabama last year had Crimson Tide coaches chosen to use Tua Tagovailoa It’s difficult to imagine either Hurts —who is 26–2 as a starter—or Tagovailoa accepting a But if Hurts and Tagovailoa stay healthy, it’s tough to imagine this story ending in any scenario

Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa , left, and Jalen Hurts runs drills during today’s practice, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. “This whole spring ever since the game, (coaches) kind of wanted to let it play out and I guess didn’t think it was a thing to let it die down like there wasn’t something there,” Hurts said.

When asked about this injury, which follows a knee sprain he battled for part of the season, Tagovailoa said:

"You can look at it in two ways. You can look at it in a positive way, where OK, this is something that I've dealt with. How am I going to go about doing things now? Or you can look at it as, dang, I'm just gonna keep getting injured. There's either a positive or a negative, and I try to look at the positive side of it.

"If it was meant for me to get hurt, it was meant for me to get hurt. I don't know. I don't know how life works. That's just how it works sometimes. That's just how the ball rolls. We're dealt with adversity sometimes, and it's just how you respond."

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