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Sport Is Tua playing Saturday?: Nick Saban, players give update

01:35  05 november  2019
01:35  05 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TUSCALOOSA — For the third straight week, all eyes are on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his still-recovering right ankle.

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Not that much has changed in that department.

No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) remains in a bit of a holding pattern regarding the availability of its Heisman Trophy-contending gunslinger ahead of the biggest game of the season — a potential 1-versus-2 showdown against No. 2 LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at 2:30 p.m.Saturday on CBS.

"If he can play in the game it'll be a game-time decision," head coach Nick Saban said Monday, echoing the same talking point he's had regarding Tagovailoa for the last week. "He did practice two days last week. We'll see where he's at today and then we'll manage the reps accordingly."

Despite returning to practice Wednesday and Thursday during Alabama's bye week, Tagovailoa remained fairly limited in what he was able to do, throwing only against air and not participating in any team-oriented activities against his own defense.

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Alabama expects Tua Tagovailoa to play Saturday against Tennessee. "He's probably better this week than he was last week," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. The Tide player most questionable for Alabama-Tennessee on Saturday is probably wide receiver DeVonta Smith, according to Saban .

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"He looked good for what he did, the coaches kind of held him to a limited standpoint, and he knows himself (better) than anybody, so we'll see what comes this week," junior right tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. said of Tagovailoa on Monday.

Added junior receiver Jerry Jeudy: "He looked pretty good, he was out there and felt comfortable. He did everything he needed to do. It's just a day-by-day (process) to see how it goes."

Still, the always-smiling Hawaiian southpaw hasn't allowed his limitations to bring down his usual up-beat attitude, even as he continues to go through an arduous "rapid" rehabilitation process meant to expedite his return to the field.

"He's always been super positive, so even with his injury he's been positive," Wills said of Tagovailoa. "He goes in there, gets his rehab, gets his treatment in, and then comes out to practice. And no matter if he's participating or not, or in the game or not like (against Arkansas), he just comes out with the same energy, from a positive standpoint, and keeps everybody uplifted."

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  Tua, Jones to split practice reps ahead of LSU game Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones will continue to split first-team practice reps ahead of the upcoming matchup against LSU, head coach Nick Saban told reporters, according to AL.com's Matt Zenitz. The Crimson Tide continue to label Tagovailoa as a "game-time decision" for Saturday's battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Zenitz adds. "We'll see where he's at today," Saban said, according to Zenitz. "If he goes out there todayThe Crimson Tide continue to label Tagovailoa as a "game-time decision" for Saturday's battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Zenitz adds.

Alabama coach Nick Saban met with reporters at noon Monday ahead of Saturday ’s game against -- Great atmosphere Saturday night and another night game . “We’re certainly looking forward to Razorbacks are playing better on defense and have improved throughout the course of the season.

Nick Saban finally just came out and said it. Like in Saturday ’s Week 1 win over Louisville, Tua Tagovailoa will start at quarterback for Alabama’s “Everybody knows that Tua is going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the

That process ultimately will be determined by how much improvement Tagovailoa can make practice to practice, with his expected on-field reps dependent on how he responds the previous day.

"When I say that, we cannot predict ... if he goes out there today and looks good, then his rep count is going to go up and we're going to prepare his as if he'll have an opportunity to play in the game," Saban said. "If he has a setback during the week, you can't really control that, but that would change the plan."

Saban added both the starter and backup quarterbacks, in this case sophomore Mac Jones, trade practice reps fairly evenly through the first three practices of the week anyways, so whether Tagovailoa is fully cleared to return to active duty shouldn't have any effect on how passes are split up the first couple of days of the week.

"The way we practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, both quarterbacks (Tagovailoa and Jones) are going to get pretty much the same (number of) reps," Saban said, "and that's probably how we'll manage it this week in terms of preparation."

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be ready for the College Football Playoff despite sustaining a high Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said an MRI revealed the injury and that he didn't think it would keep " I 've probably never been more proud of a player than Jalen," Saban said.

Nick Saban : “ Tua could have went back in the game . sort of tweaked his knee a little bit. It was unclear whether that indicated anything about Tagovailoa’s status, since Mizzou didn’t have the ball very long (meaning Tua had basically just stepped into the medical tent) and since Hurts has taken

Tagovailoa returned to practice last Wednesday, exactly 10 days after undergoing a state-of-the-art tightrope ankle surgery on Oct. 20, though he was severely limited according to Saban. If he were to take the field Saturday against LSU, it would be 20 days post-surgery, one of the quickest turnarounds following the tightrope procedure ever for a skill player.

And while there is a general confidence and expectation that Tagovailoa should be available in some capacity against LSU, his approach hasn't changed much throughout this endeavor and his teammates certainly seem to appreciate it.

"He's a leader on the team, people look up to him, players  look up to him, coaches turn and see where he's at and what he's going to say before a drive to get that thing going," Wills said, "so no matter whether he's in or out, he still has the same outlook on what's going to happen."

Contact Montgomery Advertiser sports reporter Alex Byington at abyington@montgome.gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @_AlexByington.'

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