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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) has been ruled out for Saturday's spring game.
"[Tagovailoa] reinjured his hand and we were going to hold him out the rest of the spring," Alabama HC Nick Saban said on Tuesday, "So that hasn't changed." The sophomore signal-caller has been fighting his way back from broken left index finger sustained in the team's opening practice last month. Any chance he had of potentially healing up enough for spring-game action was quashed after he suffered a setback in his recovery late last week. With Tagovailoa on the mend, Jalen Hurts has had the spring all to himself as he tries to put a little distance between himself and Tagovailoa in competition heading toward August camp. Apr 18 - 12:33 PM

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) was an extremely limited participant in practice on Tuesday.

While Tagovailoa did do some footwork drills and was working on gripping the ball, he doesn't look like he'll be returning to the field in earnest before Alabama closes out this portion of the offseason practice window via Saturday's spring game. Tagovailoa broke his left index finger during the Tide's very first practice -- he banged it against the helmet of an offensive lineman -- and while he was able to come back from that initial injury, a setback was suffered last week. We'd expect the sophomore to be ready for the start of August camp, but his health is certainly worth monitoring this summer.
Apr 17 - 7:39 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) posted a picture of himself with a cast on his left hand on Monday.

Tagovailoa underwent surgery on his index finger in March after banging it on the helmet of an offensive lineman during the Tide's first practice of the spring. That play resulted in a fracture for the budding sophomore star. While he appeared to be coming along in his rehab, Alabama HC Nick Saban said this past Friday that Tagovailoa had suffered a "little bit of a setback," hence the cast which now adorns his hand. There's no clear timetable for his return to football activities, but we'll continue to provide updates as they become available.
Apr 16 - 6:56 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa did not play in the second spring scrimmage on Saturday after having a setback with his thumb.

""Tua had a little bit of a setback with his hand, so doctors are trying to evaluate the best course of action and what we do with him the rest of spring," Saban told reporters at the end of the scrimmage. It sounds like this is a precaution more than anything serious, but it has to be frustrating for the rising sophomore in his battle to win the starting job for the Crimson Tide this fall. That decision wasn't likely to be made this spring, anyway, and we likely won't know whose under center for Alabama until we see them play against Louisville on September 1.
Apr 14 - 5:09 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) could play in the Crimson Tide's spring scrimmage on Saturday.

Saban said that Tagovailoa is "progressing well," and that he was "able to do a lot of things at practice [Tuesday]." The southpaw sophomore is trying to beat out fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts to be the starter for the Crimson Tide to open the season. While him not playing wouldn't crush him in that battle, it wouldn't help, and the more reps he gets the better the chance he's under center in the first game.
Apr 3 - 8:37 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) was able to take part in some light throwing drills during Tuesday's practice.

Tagovailoa is apparently one heck of a healer, as he just underwent surgery to repair a broken left index finger last week. Per Tide HC Nick Saban, the signal-caller is now able to grip the ball and work handoffs, in addition to throwing sans intensity. Saban said that the swelling on his injured hand has begun to die down at this juncture. We'll be watching to see if the 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore is able to ramp things up in April practices as he looks to jump back into earnest competition with Jalen Hurts for the 2018 starting gig. At the very least, all indications have Tagovailoa being completely free-and-clear from this finger break by the summer.
Mar 28 - 12:52 PM

Galu Tagovailoa, the father of Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa, said that his son underwent surgery this week to repair a left broken index finger.

The plot thickens. Tagovailoa initially suffered an injury to his hand -- Tide HC Nick Saban termed it a thumb injury -- on Tuesday. It was reported on Wednesday that he was thought to just be dealing with a sprain. Turns out now that not only was the injury to his index finger rather than thumb, it was also considerably more serious than a sprain. The sophomore signal-caller has yet to begin throwing again (understandable, here), but the elder Tagovailoa indicated that he should be back to full health by Alabama's spring game. For the time being, Jalen Hurts will continue to hold the reigns of the first-team offense in practice.
Source: KHON 2
Mar 23 - 4:41 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) did not throw during the open-media portion of Thursday's practice.

Tagovailoa (6'1/190) was dressed out and took part in a bit of individual drill work, but throwing's not yet on the table for the sophomore gunslinger. He sprained his thumb during Tuesday's first practice of the spring. The expectation, here, is that Tagovailoa will be able to return to full action sooner rather than later.
Mar 22 - 7:14 PM's Matt Zenitz reports that the thumb injury sustained by Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa is believed to just be a sprain.

According to Zenitz, the expectation here is that Tagovailoa will be able to return to spring practice in the near future. He might be limited when he first comes back. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder initially injured his thumb during Tuesday's inaugural practice when he hit it against an offensive lineman while throwing a pass. Tagovailoa is looking to vanquish Jalen Hurts for starting honors this offseason after coming on to play second-half hero during the national championship game against Georgia in January.
Mar 21 - 8:04 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is not expected to miss the whole of spring practice.

Tagovailoa (6'1/190) injured his thumb in practice on Tuesday. Low spoke to sources within the program who told him that there was some initial concern over the swelling, here, but that the sophomore should be able to make it back into the fold before spring's end. The offshoot of this injury is that it will allow Jalen Hurts a free-and-clear window to attempt to gain a foothold in the starting competition over the coming weeks. We still like Tagovailoa to ultimately come away with the keys to the Crimson Tide car so long as health allows.
Mar 21 - 2:11 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa injured his thumb in practice on Tuesday.

Tagovailoa is being taken to Birmingham to have his thumb evaluated. Predictably, Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban declined to speculate on the exact nature of the sophomore gunslinger's injury. After coming on in relief of an ineffective Jalen Hurts to lead Alabama to a thriller of a title win over Georgia in early January, Tagovailoa is considered the front-runner to start for the defending champs during the 2018 season. Expect an update on the sophomore's thumb and potential recovery timetable in the coming days.
Mar 20 - 7:46 PM analyst Bucky Brooks says Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa "possesses a lot of qualities" that will lead to Russell Wilson comparisons "in time."

The 6-foot-1, 219-pounder replaced benched starter Jalen Hurts in the second half last Monday to lead the Crimson Tide to the national title. "From his unflappable confidence, poise and composure to his pinpoint passing skills in the pocket or on the move, I feel like I saw much the same when I watched Wilson play at N.C. State and Wisconsin," Brooks wrote. Brooks included standard caveats regarding the small sample size and Tua's need to work on his craft over the next few years, but he loved the tools flashed in those fateful two quarters last week. "Tagovailoa showed outstanding arm talent (arm strength, zip, velocity and ball placement) while also displaying terrific anticipation, touch, and timing," he wrote. "Although the performance was far from perfect, he made a few 'big-boy' throws that will make any coach or evaluator take notice." We consider Tua a heavy favorite to win the starting job over Hurts this summer.
Jan 15 - 6:18 PM Media Analyst Chad Reuter ranks Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa as the top freshman from the 2017 class to watch in 2018 and beyond.

Obvious point is probably obvious, but after watching him in the National Championship game against Georgia, it's worth repeating. It wasn't just one flash of brilliance, either; as the freshman southpaw quarterback showed more than a few flashes of brilliance in 2017. Reuter goes so far as calling Tagovailoa a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2018. It wouldn't -- and shouldn't -- surprise us.
Jan 12 - 9:56 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin said that "people [who] really know what's going on" believe that Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa would have transferred if he had not played in Monday's national championship game.

Kiffin is no longer on staff at Alabama, of course, but he still has connections in Tuscaloosa. Speaking with Dan Patrick, he explained that Tagovailoa would likely have transferred "[b]ecause Tua thought that he should be the starting quarterback and had outperformed him in practice and Coach [Saban] never gave him an opportunity." Saban benched a woefully ineffective Jalen Hurts to start the second half of Monday's title win, bringing in four-star frosh Tagovailoa to provide a spark for the offense. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder proceeded to dazzle, throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns -- including the game-tying and game-winning scores late -- to help lead the Tide to title glory. Our expectation is that Tagovailoa will start for Alabama next season so long as he's healthy.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 9 - 1:59 PM

Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 14-of-24 passes for 166 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 26-23 overtime win over Georgia to secure the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Tagovailoa (6'1/190) started the second half for an ineffectual Jalen Hurts. The four-star freshman wasn't perfect on Monday -- he threw a bad interception while rolling out -- but Alabama's energy almost immediately picked up as he settled in. He would lead the Tide to 10 points in each of the final two quarters of regulation, including a sensational game-tying seven-yard score to Calvin Ridley with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. And there was overtime, in which we saw both the true freshman in Tua and the electric talent in his arm. After Georgia took a 23-20 lead in overtime, Tagovailoa then took a 16-yard sack. Next play? A 41-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman Devonta Smith to deliver the Tide the championship. Given his performance in this spot, he has to be considered a heavy favorite to win the starting job over Hurts this offseason.
Jan 9 - 12:15 AM