Sport Why Alabama might want to sit Tua Tagovailoa against LSU

00:40  29 october  2019
00:40  29 october  2019 Source:   yardbarker.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.

Latest on Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN. 3 days agoAlabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that Tagovailoa (ankle) has no timeline for a return following surgery, though the quarterback is expected to resume

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

Perhaps you have forgotten the story of the 2011 college football season, so I'm here to remind you: On November 5 that year, No. 1 Alabama played No. 2 LSU in what was dubbed the "Game of the Century." Defense ruled; neither team scored a touchdown, and LSU won 9-6 with a field goal in overtime.

a baseball player holding a bat: Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 27 touchdowns this season for undefeated Alabama (7-0) © Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 27 touchdowns this season for undefeated Alabama (7-0)

In retrospect, that game felt like the culmination of the pre-playoff era: Two months later, the same teams met in the BCS National Championship game. Alabama won, 21-0. In this way, we learned that a sport that emphasizes the importance of the regular season -- that literally sells itself on the mantra of “Every Game Counts” -- had sold us a bill of goods.

WATCH: Tua Tagovailoa leaves Bryant-Denny in an ambulance

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

After Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain last Saturday versus Tennessee, futures markets involving the college football national championship and Heisman Trophy adjusted quickly. Heisman adjustments were most dramatic. Here’s a quick look at the “before and

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Alabama’s regular-season loss to LSU wound up meaning nothing; and if anything, the playoff era has further muddled the urgency of the regular season in exchange for the thrill (and financial payoff) of a four-team bracket.

Maybe you think that trade-off is worth it. I generally do. But as we careen toward November 9, I wonder if we’re headed toward a vortex where the same loophole will apply. On that afternoon, Alabama will play LSU in Tuscaloosa. It seems increasingly likely this will be a match-up of college football's No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams. It will undoubtedly be billed as the next “Game of the Century” -- presuming that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is able to recover from the same nagging high-ankle sprain that plagued him during the tail end of last season.

Alabama expects ‘full, speedy recovery’ for Tua Tagovailoa following ankle surgery

  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.

Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa walked to midfield with LSU coach Ed Orgeron before Saturday’s game against Alabama , a moment shown to a national TV audience. Alabama fans immediately asked an obvious question: Should LSU 's continued interest and Orgeron's personal

While Tua Tagovailoa exited Saturday’s game against Mississippi State after taking a shot to his injured knee, Alabama isn’t considering sitting him against The Citadel on Saturday. “No,” Nick Saban responded when asked if sitting Tagovailoa is a consideration. “ Why would we do that?

And yet, at least for Alabama (7-0), it may not really matter if it wins or loses. Play along with me here. Let's say Tagovailoa doesn’t play against LSU because his ankle is still too balky post-surgery to go up against one of the nation’s best defenses.

Let’s say Bama muddles through with backup quarterback Mac Jones, and LSU wins, say, 13-7.

Let’s say both teams go undefeated the rest of the way, with LSU defeating Georgia for the SEC Championship and Alabama ending its season with a convincing victory over a pretty good Auburn team.

And let's remember that part of the College Football Playoff committee’s mandate includes taking injuries into account. Do you really think that Alabama is going to get left out of that top four?

The Tide has never been left out in the history of the playoff era, and I don’t think it would get left out this season. And that’s why, if I were Alabama coach Nick Saban, and Tagovailoa’s ankle is still balky as the LSU game approaches, I’d consider trying to win without him.

Saban: Tua doing 'better than expected' after ankle procedure

  Saban: Tua doing 'better than expected' after ankle procedure Alabama head coach Nick Saban is optimistic about Tua Tagovailoa's rehabilitation progress after the quarterback underwent a tightrope procedure on his right ankle last Sunday. Saban provided an update on Tagovailoa's status ahead of Alabama's matchup with Arkansas on Saturday. "He's absolutely doing even better than expected," Saban said during an "SEC Nation" interview, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com. "Didn't have a lot of swelling thisSaban provided an update on Tagovailoa's status ahead of Alabama's matchup with Arkansas on Saturday.

Confident and capable, Tagovailoa arrived just in time to deliver Alabama ’s latest national championship. What Nick Saban, Ridley and the rest of Alabama ’s football program knew long before Monday’s 26-23 overtime win against Georgia, was that Tagovailoa is precocious, bold and

Taulia Tagovailoa , left, the younger brother of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa , on the field with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron before kickoff “It was good, and I wanted to be there to support my brother,” he said in the report. “We actually had all of our family there to support him like they were for

I recognize this could risky. As The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel pointed out this week, it’s possible that, with a loss to LSU, Alabama’s overarching resume would not look as good as Oregon’s or Clemson’s. It’s possible the Tide could get locked out of the playoff.

But I think it would be nearly impossible for the committee to ignore Alabama’s recent history. There's a certain power to Saban’s legacy and Alabama’s overarching reputation that would leap the Crimson Tide over a team like Oregon, no matter what.

We saw what happened last season when Alabama reached the title game when Tagovailoa was clearly not entirely healthy: The Tide got thrashed by Clemson. If I were Saban, I might worry more about that history repeating itself than I would about losing a regular-season game to LSU.

Maybe it’s an odd loophole he’d be taking advantage of in the playoff era, and maybe he’d be counting on Alabama to traffic on its reputation to earn a playoff spot. But if it leads to a healthy Tagovailoa for a College Football Playoff semifinal game in late December, it might be worth the risk.

Because as Saban learned in 2011, in college football, every game matters, right up until it doesn’t.

Alabama QB Tagovailoa starts against LSU after ankle surgery .
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa started for the No. 1 Crimson Tide against No. 2 LSU less than three weeks after surgery on his injured ankle.Tagovailoa, who underwent his second TightRope surgical procedure in the last 11 months on Oct. 20 after suffering a high ankle sprain, went through some throws on the move without pads prior to pregame warmups as Crimson Tide head trainer Jeff Allen observed him closely nearby. He later joined all the other Alabama quarterbacks for pregame warmups, with both ankles heavily wrapped.

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