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Sport Gary Danielson: ‘I don’t care what Alabama says… he’s not the Tua Tagovailoa that started the season’

02:35  09 november  2019
02:35  09 november  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Why Alabama might want to sit Tua Tagovailoa against LSU

  Why Alabama might want to sit Tua Tagovailoa against LSU Even if Alabama loses to LSU on November 9, its rep might be enough for the Tide to make the College Football Playoff, Michael Weinreb writes.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.

- The status of No. 3 Alabama starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the showdown with No. 2 LSU has been in doubt every since " I don ' t care what Alabama says he doesn't have that spring in his step, it' s not natural. He ' s okay I 'd be playing if I was him, but he ' s not the Tua that started season ."

I don ' t care what Alabama says … he doesn't have that spring in his step, it' s not natural. He ' s okay… I 'd be playing if I was him, but he ' s not the Tua that started season ". – Gary Danielson on #SECThisMorning @SiriusXM. — Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 8, 2019.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that the notably-secretive Nick Saban won’t be too pleased with this development.

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Prior to the Chase Young situation that developedand is still developing — earlier this morning, Tua Tagovailoa‘s health was the biggest storyline in college football heading into Week 11 of the regular season.  Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Alabama’s Week 8 win over rival Tennessee and didn’t play the following week.  Coming off the bye and as had previously been the case, Nick Saban confirmed yet again this past Monday that, two weeks and a handful of days removed from surgery, the starting quarterback would be a game-time decision for No. 3 Alabama’s huge Week 11 matchup this Saturday with No. 2 LSU in Tuscaloosa.

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Gary Danielson said Thursday he was surprised with the way the Alabama quarterback race played out. Tagovailoa played most of the season -opener, not the scenario Danielson saw coming. "It isn't holding anyone back. And the guys that work their way into the starting lineup. I don ' t see why

Alabama has been even more of a Death Star than usual this season , something that doesn’t seem possible. The main catalyst in that unleashing has been sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa . Gary Danielson : I don ’ t think it has ever really happened before and if it has, I don ’ t recall.

That latest Game of the Century will be broadcast on CBS Saturday afternoon, with play-by-play man Brad Nessler and color analyst Gary Danielson on the call.  Ahead of the LSU game, Danielson had some very direct comments as to Alabama’s starting quarterback’s current status.

It’s quite obvious that, less than three weeks removed from surgery, Tagovailoa won’t be as healthy as he was to start the season.  That said, we’ll circle back to our original point: It’s highly doubtful that The Nicktator will appreciate a member of the media, particularly one who likely had more access than others based on his assignment this weekend, taking Tagovailoa’s health public in such a way.

It should also be noted that, as of this posting, Tagovailoa is still a game-time decision and might not see the field at all, leaving sophomore Mac Jones as the Crimson Tide’s starter under center in their first real test of the 2019 season.

A week after severe hip injury, Tua Tagovailoa driven onto sideline to watch Alabama .
A week after severe hip injury, Tua Tagovailoa driven onto sideline to watch AlabamaTagovailoa suffered a dislocated right hip during Alabama’s game against Mississippi State in Week 12 and was driven into the stadium on a cart to a rousing ovation.

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