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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

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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 The junior quarterback — who was Alabama ’s starter in the 2016 and 2017 seasons — led the Crimson Tide to the final two

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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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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.

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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.

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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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