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Tua Tagovailoa | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 218

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 22-of-30 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for an additional score in Saturday's 45-23 win over Texas A&M.
Tagovailoa (6'1/218) threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half -- also when he notched his one-yard scoring run -- as Alabama dominated their fourth consecutive game to open the campaign. This was the sophomore signal-caller's biggest statistical showing of the young season, but he's been ripping it up all month as he's solidified his standing as frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. Through four games played, Tagovailoa has now passed for 1,033 yards with a 12/0 TD/INT ratio. For reference's sake, Jalen Hurts threw a total of 17 touchdown passes in 14 games last season. We're just getting started, here: Alabama's next four games will be played against defensive nothings in UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. That stretch will get them all the way to their Nov. 3 showdown with LSU. Sep 22 - 8:25 PM

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 11-of-15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 47 yards in Saturday's 62-7 win over Ole Miss.

One of these days, Tagovailoa will be forced to play extensively in the second half. It wasn't on Saturday, as the Tide pushed out to a 49-7 (!) halftime lead and did not require the sophomore's services after the two teams emerged from the locker room. If there's anything which could serve as a potential hurdle for Heisman glory, here, it might be that Tagovailoa's numbers are going to be necessarily muted by degrees simply due to the Tide's dominance. In three games this season, he's now thrown for 646 yards with an 8/0 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 15 - 11:23 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa has completed 10-of-10 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns on third downs this season.

Ladies and gentleman, Tua is the real deal. With the whole Hurts vs Tua debate seemingly in the past, Tagovailoa was unleashed on Saturday, throwing for 228 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama's 57-7 thrashing of Arkansas State. Ole Miss is on the docket for next week, an absolute smash spot for Bama's offense after the Ole Miss defense allowed 41 points to Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Sep 9 - 11:52 AM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 13-of-19 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 57-7 beatdown of Arkansas State.

Tagovailoa connected on three of his four touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Crimson Tide worked their way out to a 40-0 advantage by halftime. All three of those scores came from distance, with the sophomore star hooking up with Jerry Jeudy (58 yards), Henry Ruggs (31 yards) and Devonta Smith (41 yards) to get Bama out to the hot start. Through two games, the 6-foot-1, 218-pounder has now thrown for 455 yards with a 6/0 TD/INT ratio. Buckle up, folks, because this offense will be heading to Oxford to dance with Ole Miss next weekend. The Rebs surrendered 41 points in their win over Southern Illinois on Saturday. They also scored 76 points in that one.
Sep 8 - 8:29 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban announced that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa will start on Saturday against Arkansas State.

Tagovailoa starting last week's opener against Arkansas qualified as a small surprise -- if that -- but this isn't a surprise at all. Not after Tagovailoa completed 12-of-16 passes and threw for three touchdowns and 227 yards in the thumping of Arkansas. Jalen Hurts is expected to play as well against the Red Wolves, but there's no guarantee that the junior signal-caller gets significant time. This really does appear to be Tagovailoa's job.
Sep 3 - 2:09 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that they will continue to have both sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts "be weapons."

Rather than committing to one guy, Saban is insisting on rotating both in. If it wasn't Nick Saban we were talking about, this decision would likely come with a lot more scrutiny. Tagovailoa outplayed Hurts in nearly every way against Louisville and threw for more than three times the yards and three touchdowns to Hurts' zero. Saban said, "I wanted Tua to play somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 plays, and then we're going to put Jalen in the game." It will be interesting to see how Saban handles this situation in a close game against an elite team.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 10:11 AM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa went 12-of-16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 51-14 win over Louisville.

Just as he did in the title game last season, Tagovailoa (6’1/218) used great decision making and his rocket arm to shred up the defense. On top of his passing numbers, the star quarterback added 26 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Tagovailoa definitely looked like the better quarterback tonight, but Hurts wasn't so bad either in limited action. The Crimson Tide plays Arkansas State at home next Saturday, and we surely expect Tagovailoa to start again, but Saban continues to talk up both quarterbacks.
Sep 1 - 11:55 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa is warming up with the first-team offense in advance of Saturday's game against Louisville.

Tagovailoa was listed as co-starter with Jalen Hurts on the Week 1 depth chart, but his warming up with the first team is a strong sign that he'll be taking the opening snaps against the Cardinals after kickoff. The golden-armed sophomore won the Crimson Tide the title last season with his championship game heroics and enters the upcoming campaign as one of the Vegas favorites for the Heisman. It should be noted that Bama HC Nick Saban has said that both Tagovailoa and Hurts will play in the contest.
Sep 1 - 8:06 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa and junior QB Jalen Hurts are listed as co-starters for Saturday's opener against Louisville.

If you're curious -- and you should be -- Tagovailoa is listed first on the depth chart, but they're on the same line, with the slash meaning OR in this case. It's certainly possible we won't know who the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide is until game day, and it could be a mystery until we see one of the two in the huddle. Whomever is under center gives Alabama a chance to win a national title, but right now, we believe that Tagovailoa will be the starter.
Aug 27 - 1:10 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban declined to name a starting quarterback on Tuesday.

Another news/non-news update out of Tuscaloosa for you. Said Saban, "Both guys [Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa] are playing pretty well, so we'll just keep going and see if anybody separates." He's been pretty even-handed in his comments on this competition, but one side angle to consider -- Saban has been vocal about the upside of the receivers and running backs on roster, and has indicated that he'd like to install a starting quarterback capable of spreading the ball around to multiple targets. That would strongly seem to hint toward the more adept passer in Tagovailoa. Saban also said that "there could be a role for both of them" in Alabama's opener against Louisville. While he's yet to name a starter outright, we've seen nothing this offseason which would that Hurts has any sort of an edge. Our metaphorical money's on Tua.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 2:47 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa is currently the odd-son favorite to win the Heisman Trophy according to the Las Vegas Superbook.

Tagovailoa comes in with 4/1 odds, just ahead of Stanford running back Bryce Love with 5/1. Wisconsin tailback Jonathan Taylor is third at 8/1, and Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate is the only other player below 15/1 odds at 12/1. Tagovailoa has yet to start a game for the Crimson Tide, but he's the projected starter for the team that was voted best in the country Monday by the Associated Press,and his ability to make plays with his arms and legs make him a natural candidate -- assuming he wins the job.
Aug 20 - 5:25 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that the team's starting quarterback is "still to be determined."

It would have been quite the story if Saban had named a starter between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at SEC Media Days, of all places. This is a competition that has been breathlessly discussed throughout the offseason, with no real indicators as to where Saban and staff might be leaning. We wouldn't be surprised if the Tagovailoa/Hurts battle went down to the August wire, something we've from Saban in the past -- it was only two years ago that he declined to name his starting quarterback until just minutes before the season-opening kickoff against USC. We're not going to rule out the possibility that the team experiments with both quarterbacks in season, though we'd view that as a longshot. Obviously, we'll keep tabs on the situation as the competition develops toward its end game.
Jul 18 - 1:46 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa seventh among quarterbacks to watch for in the 2018 season.

Tagovailoa is the second underclassmen on the list, behind Georgia sophomore Jake Fromm (fourth). Tagovailoa flashed huge upside in his freshman campaign, but everything escalated quite quickly after his performance in the National Championship Game against Georgia in relief of Jalen Hurts. "Tagovailoa sports a sturdy build, which helps the dual-threat quarterback when it comes time to finish as a runner," writes Zierlein. "As a passer, he possesses good arm strength with the ability to push the ball into tight windows or to space on deep outs." Zierlein does note that Tagovailoa needs to work on his decision-making, but that should improve with maturity and experience.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 12:42 PM

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.
Source: TMZ
Jun 1 - 4:37 PM

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