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Sport Tua Tagovailoa proves his value to Alabama in absence against Tennessee

11:45  20 october  2019
11:45  20 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves game with ankle injury

  Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves game with ankle injury Tua Tagovailoa got his ankle twisted up by Tennesee's Greg Emerson on a sack.

Tuanigamanuolepola " Tua " Tagovailoa (TUNG-oh-VAI-loa; born March 2, 1998) is a Samoan-American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter Disaster struck for No. 1 Alabama in the first half against longtime rival Tennessee as star Nick Saban did not have a full update on Tagovailoa during his interview before halftime but said the QB

Top-ranked Alabama may have beaten Tennessee for the 13th straight time in the "Third Saturday in October" rivalry on Saturday, but the Crimson Tide suffered greatly for it.

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Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the game in the second quarter of their 35-13 victory with what coach Nick Saban called a high-ankle sprain. He headed to the locker room under his own power before halftime and later left Bryant-Denny Stadium in an ambulance.

And so, as the air in the stadium became clouded with cigar smoke, the question of Tagovailoa’s injury hung even heavier.

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  WATCH: Tua Tagovailoa leaves Bryant-Denny in an ambulance Heisman front-runner suffered an apparent ankle injury in first half of Tennessee game.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain during Saturday night's game, coach Nick Saban told ESPN's Molly McGrath, and will "probably be out for a week Tua Tagovailoa heads to the locker room in the second quarter after a Tennessee defender falls on his right ankle.

For Tua Tagovailoa , his chance came on college football’s biggest stage, when Alabama Coach Nick Saban decided at halftime to replace quarterback Jalen Hurts with his freshman from Hawaii, a guy who had been offered a scholarship only after Jake Fromm flipped his commitment to Georgia.

Saban said after the game that his junior star will likely miss "a week or two" and that he will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury. That shouldn’t affect the Crimson Tide’s SEC or College Football Playoff hopes in the short term: They don’t need Tagovailoa to beat Arkansas, and they have an increasingly timely bye week ahead of their monumental showdown with No. 2 LSU.

But how would this offense look against tougher competition, without Tagovailoa leading it?

Would anyone expect backup Mac Jones to make enough plays to go blow for blow with LSU on Nov. 9? The Tigers have one of the nation's most potent offenses under Joe Burrow; they're averaging 540 yards and 50.1 points per game after downing Mississippi State 36-13 on Saturday.

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  Saban: Tagovailoa may miss 1-2 weeks with high ankle sprain Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa could be out for one-to-two weeks after leaving Saturday's win over Tennessee with a high ankle sprain.While that rough timeline would keep the star pivot out of next week's contest against Arkansas, he would return for the highly anticipated showdown with No. 2 LSU on Nov. 9.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) throws the ball to Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) during the Alabama -Texas A&M game The outcome of this year’s game between Alabama and Tennessee might feel predetermined — especially if you’ve heard Jeremy Pruitt talk about it — but

Tagovailoa demonstrated his self-confidence simply by enrolling at Alabama , where Hurts, a sophomore, was firmly established as the starter. While Tua ’s parents came to Alabama with him to ease his transition to college, he said early Tuesday that he still feels homesick at times.

Would they expect Jones to remain unperturbed by Auburn’s magnificent front seven, who have led the Tigers to 17 sacks and limited opponents to 17.1 points per game?

If the Tide were to get by those teams without Tagovailoa, then how would they fare against Florida or Georgia in the SEC championship game and beyond?

Even without Tagovailoa running the offense most of the night, Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) rolled to 373 yards and those 35 points against an overmatched Volunteers squad (2-5, 1-3) — impressive enough out of context, but all season lows for the Tide, who entered this game as a 34.5-point favorite.

It didn’t take long for Tennessee coach and former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to alter his defensive game plan to put more pressure on Jones. Alabama’s remaining opponents will almost certainly use a similar strategy.

Such is the potency of Alabama’s offense with Tagovailoa under center. Jones was decent in his absence, completing 6 of 11 passes for 72 yards, but there were miscues with Alabama’s incredible receiving corps. The Tide did show they can alter their offensive game plan and rely more on the run. To that end, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr. combined 145 yards and three touchdowns.

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  Alabama expects ‘full, speedy recovery’ for Tua Tagovailoa following ankle surgery The QB already ruled out for Arkansas in Week 9; availability for LSU in Week 11 unknown.Late in the first half of Alabama’s win over rival Tennessee, starting quarterback and Heisman front-runner Tua Tagovailoa went down with an apparent ankle injury. After spending time in the sideline medical tent, Tagovailoa went into the locker room for further observation.

No. 1 Alabama lost its shining star on Saturday night. Reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist Tua Tagovailoa injured what appeared to be his ankle while escaping pressure against Tennessee in the second quarter on Saturday.

Alabama landed its quarterback commitment for the class of 2017 when Honolulu, Hawaii four-star standout Tua Tagovailoa announced his verbal pledge.

"I thought we ran the ball pretty effectively," Saban said. "Mac made a couple of decent throws. Hopefully we'll get him more ready to play now that we have a little time."

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Tagovailoa’s injury could also have a deeper impact than just potential absences against key opponents. He suffered the same injury last season in the Tide's win over Georgia, and it affected his play as they continued on to the Playoff.

From the SEC championship game onward, Tagovailoa completed 65 percent of his passes — and averaged 259 yards per game through the air — with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. That includes a game against Oklahoma, which ranked 108th nationally in total defense (448.1 yards per game) and 96th in scoring defense (32.4 ppg). That’s not to say Tagovailoa would experience a similar setback should he return from injury, but it was a factor late in the 2018 season.

Saban and his staff know the strength of this team lies in its offense. The defense has made improvements as the season has progressed, but it’s one of the youngest units Saban has fielded in his Alabama tenure. As injuries to that group have piled up, it has become more apparent the Tide would need to score more points to ameliorate that inexperience. Even with the talent Alabama still has on offense, that plan takes a hit without Tagovailoa.

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Tua Tagovailoa is now the guy. Jalen Hurts is his backup. Tagovailoa also used his legs to set up his first touchdown pass, when he eluded two rushers and ran around in a circle before finding Jerry Jeudy in Alabama has already proven it can run over teams without an accurate downfield passer.

(AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left in the first half against Tennessee with an ankle injury. Tagovailoa walked off the field and was taken to the sideline medical tent during the second quarter Saturday night. The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up then was escorted to the locker room

“We only have the players that we have,” Saban said on how his team would move forward without Tagovailoa. "We've got to do what they can do so that we have the best chance to be successful."

Whether the Crimson Tide can do that remains to be seen, because even in beating the Vols, this much was apparent: As Tagovailoa goes, so, too, could Alabama.

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice in limited capacity .
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa returned to the practice field in a limited capacity, 10 days after a tightrope procedure on his injured right ankle.TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since his tightrope ankle surgery on Oct. 20, though he was severely limited, according to head coach Nick Saban.

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