Get to know Tua Tagovailoa.School: University of Alabama
Hometown: Ewa Beach, Hawai’i
Stats this Season (9 games):
- 0 Games Started
- 11 Passing TD’s
- 636 Passing Yards
This years College Football Playoff National Championship between No.3 Georgia and No.4 Alabama was an interesting one. Some people actually had Georgia taking home that title. Well, Alabama’s Head Coach Nick Saban had a different vision. This game went from 0 to 100 real quick.
Alabama started the matchup with their normal starting lineup and Jalen Hurts in the backfield at the QB position. Unfortunately, this was not the game for him since he had 0 touchdowns (passing or rushing) and just 21 yards. Something was not right for the 2017 Manning Award finalist, who averages just under 150 yards/game. At half time, Alabama trailed the Georgia Bulldogs, 13-0 (worst halftime deficit under Nick Saban). However, rather than panicking, Saban saw the situation as one to put in the hands of one of his freshman.
In this case, that freshman was Hawaii native, Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa came in after the half and “did his thing”, in the words of Jalen Hurts. He threw a season high of 3 TDs and 166 passing yards in his first game against a ranked team. He threw an interception, but he made up for it in his completion percentage. He completed the pass when it mattered. the 6’1″ 219lbs is the answer behind the Tides 26 points and a possible threat to Jalen Hurts job at starting quarterback.
Here’s some highlights of his performance from the College Football Championship game against No.3 ranked Georgia.
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