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07:40  17 november  2019
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Alabama QB Tagovailoa starts against LSU after ankle surgery

  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.

Was this the last we see of Alabama superstar Tua Tagovailoa in college? An injury threatens his The Crimson Tide quarterback, crushed underneath two Bulldog bodies, was unable to stand Alabama staff members, one on each arm, held him upright while another covered his face with a

While it' s unlikely Tagovailoa suits up for the Crimson Tide again, will he be able to make it back at all?

Tua Tagovailoa‘s entrance into the college football consciousness may never be matched, for both drama and flair, in the history of the sport. Thrust into the third quarter of the College Football Playoff title game, Tagovailoa managed the moment with an uncommon grace and poise that has defined his career.

a group of people riding on the back of a man: Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is helped off the field after being injured on a play in the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is helped off the field after being injured on a play in the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

That night in Atlanta in January of 2018, Tagovailoa threw a walk-off, game-winning overtime touchdown pass, entrenching him deep in Crimson Tide lore before ever making his first career start.

Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State

  Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field after being dragged down by two Mississippi State defenders, a tackle that left him favoring his right leg and hip. Fourth-ranked Alabama was leading 35-7 with 3:01 left in the first half when Tagovailoa, who had surgery on a sprained right ankle nearly a month ago, was injured. Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa, who did not join the team on the sideline after halftime. The latest injury appeared to be different from the ankle sprain. The hard hit knocked off Tagovailoa’s helmet and left him with a bloody nose.

Tua Tagovailoa started the game and the Tide looked the part of the nation' s top team. He finished the game with an incredibly efficient stat line Hurts made an appearance late in the half for a series and then put in more significant work when Tagovailoa ' s night was done with the game out of hand.

Alabama quarterback and Heisman hopeful Tua Tagovailoa ’ s season, and most likely his college career, ended on Saturday, when he suffered a dislocated hip and a fractured acetabular posterior wall while taking a hit late in the second quarter against Mississippi State.

On Saturday, Tagovailoa likely made his final career start at Alabama, as an injured hip will sideline him for the rest of the season. There’s no reasonable person that expects him to return to Alabama, especially with the spate of health issues he’s endured during his three-year college career.

Tagovailoa appears to have exited college football amid a similar din of shock that accompanied his arrival. Just like we weren’t ready for the start of Tagovailoa’s college career, we weren’t prepared for the end, either. The news is crushing, first and foremost, for Tagovailoa and his promising professional future. The best moment of a dark day came when Alabama released a statement from its team orthopedic surgeon that included this phrase: “Expected to make a full recovery.”

Tagovailoa injured in Alabama's 38-7 win at MSU

  Tagovailoa injured in Alabama's 38-7 win at MSU Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip while being dragged down by tacklers late in the first half on what was likely his last series and No. 4 Alabama went on to bear Mississippi State 38-7 Saturday in a game that might have cost the Crimson Tide its star quarterback. Tagovailoa was injured after a scramble when he was taken down hard by Bulldogs linebacker Leo Lewis. Tagovailoa needed help getting to his feet and was carted off the field with 3:01 left in the second quarter.The junior had been nursing an ankle injury that needed surgery four weeks ago, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was unrelated. Saban called it "freak injury.

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Confident and capable, Tagovailoa arrived just in time to deliver Alabama’ s latest national championship. Handed the ball at halftime, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took control of Alabama' s offense and led the Tide to the national title.CreditCreditStreeter Lecka/Getty Images.

There will be plenty of time to ponder whether Tua can still be a high pick in the NFL draft. For now, let’s appreciate all that Tagovailoa crammed into 24 starts and the most iconic relief appearance in the history of the sport. His on-field legacy is clear, as he helped transform being Alabama’s quarterback into a glamour position. He’s this generation’s Joe Namath for the Crimson Tide, the Hawaiian kid from Ewa Beach bringing Broadway lights under center in Tuscaloosa.

Off the field, he’ll be remembered for carrying himself with a regal grace. How many players have defining moments that come with cheering on a teammate who has replaced them because of injury? That’s exactly what happened in the SEC title game in 2018, as Tagovailoa emanated joy as Jalen Hurts rescued the Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter to topple Georgia. From monster start to painful finish, Tagovailoa has remained as classy as any star in the sport’s recent history.

Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win

  Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a potentially serious hip injury, but it wasn't Nick Saban's fault he was still in the game.Alabama led 35-7 when Tua Tagovailoa, chased by a pair of Mississippi State defenders, went to the ground hard with what appears to be a severe hip injury.

Alabama QB and top NFL Draft prospect Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field with a hip injury.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with a “very serious” hip injury suffered during Saturday’ s win, according to ESPN, that could put the Alabama star quarterback’ s season in jeopardy. Tagovailoa was carted off the field in the first half after being dragged down by two Mississippi State

Alabama confirmed on Saturday night that Tagovailoa’s season is over. With that comes the cruel coda of a career that began with a flourish leaving with a sense of longing. Even after the national title, the 22-2 record as a starter and the Heisman runner-up finish last year, there’s still a sense that more could have come from this program’s first elite quarterback talent this generation.

For as much as he gave, part of Tagovailoa’s legacy will always be what was missed. They’ll be no Iron Bowl this season, no final playoff chase and no Heisman Trophy. There won’t even be a return trip to New York, as Tagovailoa’s Heisman candidacy is incomplete having played just one full game in essentially the last month. There will be no second national title, which felt like an inevitability after the surge that accompanied the first.

Amid Nick Saban’s five national titles at Alabama, he’s managed to thrive despite the quarterbacks, not because of them. A.J. McCarron and Greg McElroy are the only two quarterbacks drafted by the NFL in the Saban era, fifth- and seventh-round picks who had modest professional careers to match evaluators’ projections.

Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery'

  Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery' Alabama said Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury and is expected to make a full recovery. People close to the situation added that Tagovailoa had a posterior wall fracture.RELATED: Tua hurt in Alabama's win

The Crimson Tide replace an established passer with an unproven true freshman in the second half of the national title game—and witnessed the birth of a legend as a result. Tua Tagovailoa ’ s Rise Seemed Unlikely, but It Was Part of Nick Saban’ s Championship Plan.

Tagovailoa responded by giving a performance that will be remembered for generations to come. Tagovailoa said on ESPN after the game, as if speaking for everyone who had watched the performance he masterfully assembled.

If Tagovailoa lives up to his pre-injury promise as a first-round pick, it will be the final position group under Saban to produce a first-rounder. Tagovailoa committed to Alabama amid the program’s offensive overhaul under former coordinator Lane Kiffin, who finally convinced Saban to join this era of relentless offense.

And while his immediate predecessors performed with aplomb and helped Saban’s teams evolve offensively, the likes of Blake Sims, Jake Coker and even Jalen Hurts haven’t captured the imagination the same way that Tagovailoa did. Simply put, Tagovailoa will leave Alabama as one of the most transformative players in program history. His left-handed follow through will be synonymous with unmatched production.

Consider all he shoehorned into those 24 starts. Tagovailoa broke the NCAA record for passer rating last season, finished second to Kyler Murray in the Heisman Trophy race and smashed an assortment of Alabama records, including for touchdown passes in both career and single season. He was on pace for similar — and even increased — production this season before he ended up under Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis on Saturday afternoon.

Ponder the statistical stratosphere where Tagovailoa’s production will end up, as he finished this season with 33 touchdowns and three interceptions. Last year, he finished with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions. He finished this season completing more than 71 percent of his passes, keeping Saban’s trademark efficiency and transporting it to the space age of offense.

What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened

  What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened Alabama coach Nick Saban received some criticism after Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending injury Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State. Tagovialoa suffered a dislocated hip after taking a hit with Alabama leading 35-7 late in the second quarter, leading some to question why he was still in the game. Saban explained afterward that Alabama wanted to get Tagovailoa some work in the two-minute drill. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, understood the reasoning and explained how the Tigers make decision as far as when he is pulled with a big lead.

Tagovailoa , rated as the third-best dual-threat quarterback and No. 48 overall prospect in the class, also had a close relationship with UCLA assistant Marques Tuiasosopo . But after Tagovailoa ’ s visit last month and the fact Alabama is the best team in college football, the Crimson Tide got their man.

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As searing as Tagovailoa’s entrance will be in Alabama lore, his exit will linger as equally painful. Tagovailoa’s magical half back in January of 2018 — plus overtime — secured Alabama its last national title. His early exit this season likely cements a second consecutive Crimson Tide season without a national title. The case for one-loss Alabama making the playoff, simply put, takes a precipitous hit without a healthy Tagovailoa.

The visuals on Saturday were raw. The hit itself late in the second quarter of Alabama’s 38-7 victory didn’t appear extraordinary. But the aftermath proved telling — the cart driving him off the field, the ambulance taking him from the stadium and the helicopter ferrying him back to Alabama. When ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath reported that Tagovailoa was heard screaming in pain on the field, it felt like the beginning of the end.

And it ended in the same type of mad flourish, just on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. There were Alabama staffers scrambling to shield media from viewing Tagovailoa’s entrance into the ambulance. There were vocal second guesses of Saban keeping Tagovailoa in the game with the Tide already up 35-7.

In the end, Tagovailoa left a sense of despair that matched the visceral power of the shock upon his arrival — dueling blunt forces only matched in raw power by wanting to experience more.

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Tua Tagovailoa's injury seemed to have doomed Alabama, but a sliver of hope remains .
Tua Tagovailoa's injury seemed to have doomed Alabama, but a sliver of hope remains

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