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Tua Tagovailoa | Quarterback

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

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Alabama HC Nick Saban, sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa and several other Tide players were stranded in the middle of Lake Tuscaloosa after their boat ran out of gas.
Here's a fun little story to send on your way into the weekend, if only because it proves that as meticulous as Saban can be, even he is capable of an occasional brain fart. The Crimson Tide players on hand had a ball with the situation while Saban was a good sport about his slight slip in preparation for the day on Lake Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa videotaped the entire incident and TMZ subsequently posted that footage to their website, if you want a chuckle. Jun 1 - 4:37 PM
Source: TMZ

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (hand) was seen throwing the ball at The QB Retreat in California.

Tagovailoa didn’t participate much this spring after breaking the left index finger of his throwing hand in the team's opening spring session. He should be 100-percent for the start of fall camp, at which time he'll embark upon a battle with Jalen Hurts for the starting gig.
May 27 - 2:48 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa revealed that he had planned on transferring had he not played in January's National Championship Game.

"I wanted to leave the school," Tagovailoa explained while talking with Hawaiian middle-schoolers this week. This is not the first time we've heard this story. The first time, it actually came from FAU HC and former Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, who told NBC Sports' Dan Patrick over the winter that Tua would have exited stage left had he not come into the title game versus Georgia. He played like gangbusters after entering the contest. The sophomore signal-caller revealed even more than this, saying that at one point early in the season, he asked his father if his scholarship from USC was still on the table. Tagovailoa said that his parents strongly encouraged him to stick it out in Tuscaloosa. While he missed all but a few spots of practice this spring due to a broken finger sustained right off the bat in March, he should be considered the frontrunner to start for the Tide this fall. He'll need to pull away from Jalen Hurts in August camp, first.
May 18 - 12:25 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa needs to develop the other parts of his game outside of passing.

"Tua is just naturally instinctive as a passer, but I think the others parts of the game is something he needs to grow and develop in," Saban said. "But he was just a freshman (last year), and he maybe didn't play as much as I would have liked for him to play to be able to develop some of those skills. That's going to be the key for him is to gain the respect for taking care of the ball." Tagovailoa is currently battling Jalen Hurts to be the starting quarterback for the Tide in 2018. If he makes progress in those areas -- and he should -- it's likely he'll be the one under center.
Source: AL.com
May 1 - 1:36 PM

An anonymous coordinator said sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa "makes you have to defend the whole field."

The coordinator continued by saying "I'm not there every day in practice. But you saw the way he changed the Georgia game last year in the second half. It was a different game." Despite Tagovailoa clearly being a better passer, an anonymous coach mentioned he would be more inclined to start Hurts due to his mobility, "You've got to have guys who can move back there in today's game, and I know [Tagovailoa] can, but not like Hurts." This will continue to be one of the biggest quarterback competitions in the country and a second coach wieghed in saying that "there's no way you name a starter until fall camp." It seems that HC Nick Saban agrees with that and is leaning towards waiting to announce a starter as well.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 10:50 AM

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.
Source: AL.com
Apr 18 - 12:33 PM

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.
Source: AL.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

AL.com'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.
Source: AL.com
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