Will Tua play against LSU? Nick Saban says there's 'a good chance'
After expressing confidence in an ESPN.com interview, Alabama's Nick Saban reiterated QB Tua Tagovailoa's status vs. LSU was still to be determined.
Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game . The junior needed surgery four weeks ago for a high ankle sprain on his right leg that caused him to miss a game Saban said Tagovailoa was a game -time decision against Mississippi State.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken back to Alabama for more tests on his hip injury after being carted off in the second quarter Saturday against Tagovailoa was injured with three minutes remaining before halftime when he was brought down by two Bulldogs defenders while rolling to his
CLEMSON, S.C. — 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.
Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game
The Alabama quarterback was unable to leave the field on his own power.Tagovailoa, with Alabama up 35-7 and enough time remaining for one final drive in the half, was seen lobbying to reenter the game for one final drive. He was injured on third play of the ensuing drive; he left the game on an injury cart, unable to put any weight on his right leg. He also seemed to have suffered a facial injury.
Tua Tagovailoa ’s injury was the biggest story in Week 12 but the play of Jalen Hurts and Trevor Lawrence as well as a pair of undefeated teams losing It’s okay to be mad Tua got injured , but it’s not okay to blame Nick Saban for having his starting quarterback in the game in the second quarter.
The Tagovailoa injury certainly puts Alabama's chances at the playoff chances under even more scrutiny. Harbaugh's team will still be a heavy underdog to Ohio State on the final Saturday of the regular season, but that game suddenly has a little more cache than we might've thought a month ago.
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.
“If I’m ever asked what I want to do it’s usually, ‘Yeah, lets go another series.’ So sometimes they’ll say that, but usually it’s either, ‘You wanna go one more?’ or it’s, ‘You’re done,’” Lawrence explained. “So it just depends. I’m sure that was similar with Tua — was kind of like, ‘You want to be done or you want to go one more and get a last two-minute drive in?’ or whatever it was. Obviously any competitor wants to go in and play more if they can, so I would’ve done the same thing.”
Tagovailoa and Lawrence, two of the top quarterbacks in the country, bonded over faith at the Manning Passing Academy this summer. They have stayed in touch occasionally throughout the 2019 season.
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.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment to come from Tagovailoa ’s injury is what is going to happen to his draft status. He had a very strong chance of He still has a chance, but whoever gets the number one pick might not be too inclined to take that big of a risk. Tagovailoa could always return to college
Alabama football quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip in a game Saturday, Nov. What Clemson’s Dabo Swinney said about Tua Tagovailoa injury for Alabama. Tagovailoa watched from the sideline when Alabama beat Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal his freshman season
Lawrence found out about the severity of Tagovailoa’s injury following Clemson’s win over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon.
“I hate it. I hate it for him … I send him a text every now and then. I shot him a text when I saw it. I’m just praying for him and his family,” Lawrence said. “It’s just a hard situation, because I see what coach Saban’s trying to do. It’s still the second quarter, trying to get some reps. So I understand it, but it’s really unfortunate and sucks that that happened. But definitely praying for him and I hate it for him and the whole program.”
Clemson and Alabama have met in the College Football Playoff each of the past four seasons.
Seeing Tagovailoa go down was a tough reminder to Lawrence of the dangers of playing college football.
“Just enjoy and appreciate every moment because you never know when something can happen,” Lawrence said. “It’s obviously a violent game. Like I said, you just never know. Anything can happen at any given moment. Appreciate everything and enjoy it.”
Tua Tagovailoa hip injury casts dark cloud over 38-7 Alabama victory
Other Alabama players injured Saturday were Raekwon Davis and D.J. Dale.STARKVILLE, Mississippi — For the first 26:59 of Saturday’s game, Tua Tagovailoa appeared back to his Heisman Trophy-contending form.
While ineligible for the 2019 NFL draft, Tagovailoa and Lawrence are primed to be top prospects in 2020 and 2021.
Tagovailoa 's injury proves there's no such thing as a long-term strategy in a sport where one play can completely derail the best-laid plans. The club that may be eyeing Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in 2021 could choose to snag Oregon's Justin Herbert instead simply because he's healthy and available.
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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.