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Name: *Tua Tagovailoa (+) 11-16-19 Right Hip Dislocation/Out for 2019
College: Alabama     Number: 13
Height: 6-0   Weight: 217
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2020

40 Low: 4.54
   40 Time: 4.64
  40 High: 4.75
Projected Round: 1  Stock:   High: Top 5  Low: Early 1st



Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6000
Weight: 217

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Dates: 03/24/20 04/09/20
Hand: 10  Arm: 30 1/2
Wingspan: 75 1/4

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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 01/06/20-Announced Early Entry into 2020 NFL Draft...2019: 2ndC/(+) 11-16-19 Hip INJ/Out for 2019...(+) Coming off Oct 2019 Ankle INJ...P1stC/P2ndDS/PWCamp/PMaxwell/POBrien/P1stM...Maxwell Award (Outstanding Player), Walter Camp Award (POY), AP 2nd team All-American, Walter Camp 1st team All-American, FWAA 2nd team All-American, Sporting New 1st team All-American, SI.com 2nd team All-American, USA Today 2nd team All-American, SEC OFF POY, AP SEC OFF POY, 1st team All-SEC, AP 1st team All-SEC w/245-355-3966-43-6-69.0 pass, 57-190-3.3-5 rush, TT in 15 gms in '18. Backup w/49-77-636-11-2-63.6 pass, 27-133-4.9-2 rush in 9 gms in '17.

 *Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, Player News

  06/25/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Google "Alabama quarterback" and "beloved," and the results are like a rundown of recent Crimson Tide QBs. Stories about Jalen Hurts, Blake Sims, AJ McCarron and Tua Tagovailoa instantly pop up. But not all football fans are enamored with the Alabama signal-callers. The Tide has its Iron Bowl opponent and 12 other SEC rivals. Then there's seemingly annual postseason foe Clemson and other teams of national stature that Alabama has butted heads with along the championship trail. So Tagovailoa could speak from personal experience when he gave advice about dealing with social-media trolls during the Miami Dolphins' annual High School Media Day.

"For me, going through that in college, it's really however much you decide to go on your social media, first off," Tagovailoa said. "If you're on that thing every time, you're obviously going to see whatever anyone says. If there's someone that likes to post just to post because you like the likes or you like the comments, you're going to see that. There's been instances where I ran into a lot of them, but I don't know - I guess the structure that I've had growing up, it's been easy to deal with sort of things like that. Having the structure of my family and then our faith as well, that's kind of what's helped me and helped me to not worry about those kind of things." - Birmingham News


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  06/20/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said earlier this month that the coaching staff was eager to work with the NFL team's rookies, particularly first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Dolphins' facility in Davie, Florida, was off-limits to the team's coaches and most of the players as Miami conducted its offseason program online. "Specific to Tua, he's working hard," Flores said on June 4. "He's picking up the information. But you want to get your hands on him, quite honestly." Now the Dolphins can. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tagovailoa arrived for work at the Dolphins' headquarters on Monday after relocating from Alabama, giving team personnel their first chance to evaluate first-hand his progress from a hip injury since Miami selected the Crimson Tide quarterback with the fifth choice in the NFL Draft on April 23. - Birmingham News

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  05/26/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Fans eager to see Tua Tagovailoa play NFL football will have that opportunity on Tuesday night - in a virtual setting, of course. The former Alabama All-American will square off against New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in a game of "Madden NFL 20" at 7 p.m. CST Tuesday as part of Verizon's "Pay It Forward Live" campaign. "Pay It Forward Live" is a twice-weekly livestream that has featured entertainers performing from their homes in support of small businesses. The game will be available on a variety of outlets, including Verizon's livestream. It also will be available via Yahoo, Verizon's Facebook and YouTube pages, Fios Channels 501 and 604, Yahoo Finance on Samsung TV Plus on Channel 1017, the Roku Channel, AXS TV, FOX NOW, iHeart and SiriusXM. - Birmingham News

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  05/15/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua-mania is very real. By now you've heard over the past two weeks, Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the two best-selling jerseys on NFLShop.com. Tagovailoa's Miami aqua jersey is No. 1 and his white jersey is No. 2. There are now a variety of options for men, women and children who want to show their love for the former Alabama quarterback, who will wear No. 1, for the Dolphins. Fanatics.com has the quarterback's jersey for sale for just $99 in both the aqua and the white. Ladies, you aren't forgotten. Women's jerseys are also available. - Birmingham News

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  05/11/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a surprise for his mother on Mother's Day. The former Alabama All-American gave Diane Tagovailoa a Cadillac Escalade on Sunday. Tua Tagovailoa shared the gift presentation on his Instagram account on Sunday night. The fifth player selected in the NFL Draft on April 23, Tagovailoa is in line for a four-year, $30.275 million contract that will include a signing bonus of around $19.6 million. Tagovailoa headed for the NFL as Alabama's all-time leader in touchdown passes and the holder of the NCAA FBS record for career passing-efficiency rating at 199.4. Tagovailoa completed 474-of-684 passes for 7,442 yards with 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for 340 yards and nine touchdowns on 107 carries in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. - Birmingham News

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  05/06/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will wear No. 1 for the Miami Dolphins. The fifth player picked in the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, Tagovailoa wore No. 13 while playing at Alabama. He also wore that number while playing for Saint Louis School in Honolulu. But Tagovailoa couldn't wear No. 13 for Miami. The Dolphins retired that jersey number to honor quarterback Dan Marino. Marino played for Miami from 1983 through 1999 and retired as the NFL's career leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. Marino entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in his first year of eligibility.

Marino's 13 is one of three numbers retired by the Dolphins. The others are the No. 12 of quarterback Bob Griese and the No. 39 of running back Larry Csonka. Tagovailoa revealed his new number via his Instagram account on Tuesday night. Fanatics is already selling the Tagovailoa No. 1 jersey for $99 with free shipping available. Eight Miami players have worn No. 1, the most notable being place-kicker Garo Yepremian, who had that jersey for the Dolphins from 1970 through 1978. Former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey wore No. 1 during his single season with Miami in 2017. - Birmingham News


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  05/02/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Miami Dolphins kept their intention to draft quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hidden up until the former Alabama quarterback was selected with the fifth overall pick last week. Various reports in the weeks and months leading into the draft questioned whether the Dolphins were sold on Tagovailoa, and even Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn -- whose team picked No. 3 -- was not sure what the Dolphins would do. Through it all, Alabama coach Nick Saban was optimistic that Miami would make Tagovailoa the highest NFL-drafted quarterback for the Tide since 1948. "Based on the calls that I get and information that I get," Saban said in a video conference with South Florida media Thursday, according to the Palm Beach Post, "I was really, really hopeful that Miami would take him."

Saban, though, was not completely confident in that actually happening. "I think he will be a great face of the organization there," Saban said. "I was just rooting for the guy. I felt so bad about him getting injured. Would those consequences of that injury affect his draft status dramatically? Probably as anxious as I ever was about a player getting drafted." Saban had been in contact with Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, who served as a national college scout while Saban was Miami's head coach in 2005 and 2006. - Birmingham News


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  05/01/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  When the Miami Dolphins selected Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in last week's NFL Draft, it guaranteed the Hawaiian left-hander millions of dollars. But what if Tagovailoa could have made millions while staying for another season at Alabama? If the recent NCAA-endorsed plan for name, image and likeness was in place and allowed Tagovailoa to be paid to star in commercials, he could have according to those most bullish about the market for college athletes. Tagovailoa would have been well suited to cash in on his national recognition and ability to tap into multiple markets given his Hawaiian roots. Bob Dorfman, creative director of Baker Street Advertising, says Tagovailoa could have made "three to five million, easy" during his time at Alabama. Andy Schwarz, an economist and partner at OSKR, believes "low millions" would have been possible for Tagovailoa though six figures was probably more likely early on.

In talking to multiple sports marketing experts, a consensus emerges that it is players like Tagovailoa and Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence who stand to gain the most if the boldest aspects of the NCAA's proposed NIL plan come to fruition. (There is a lot of skepticism that they will, which we'll get to later.) Similar to the NFL where quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers reap the biggest endorsement deals, it will likely be the high-profile quarterbacks and Heisman contenders who brands will want to embrace. In theory, brands will be allowed to pay athletes to promote their products on social media platforms, appear in television commercials and attend events, among other options. - Birmingham News


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  04/28/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  If the Miami Dolphins hadn't selected Tua Tagovailoa in the NFL draft last week, a different organization was set to take the former Alabama star quarterback one pick later. Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed on the Pat McAfee show that the Chargers would have selected Tagovailoa with pick No. 6 had the Dolphins instead opted for Oregon QB Justin Herbert with selection No. 5. With Tagovailoa gone, the Chargers drafted Herbert. "We felt great about both guys," Telesco said during the interview. "Actually, we felt great about all three quarterbacks that went in the top six.

All three are going to be really good players in this league. Hopefully we don't pick sixth very often - if we do, I won't be making very many picks here - so if you're going to pick this high and there's a potential down the road franchise quarterback there that you like, you have to take him. And we were lucky to have some quarterbacks there in this draft that were really good players." Telesco had heard all of the rumors about the Dolphins and that No. 5 pick leading up to the draft - the combination of the talk about the team preferring Herbert over Tagovailoa and the reports the day before the draft about Miami being interested in trading up for an offensive tackle instead of taking a quarterback. Ultimately though, the Dolphins ended up selecting Tagovailoa, leaving Herbert there for the Chargers to take with pick No. 6. - Birmingham News


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  04/24/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Miami coach Brian Flores' family is ready for Tua Tagovailoa to step in as the Dolphins' starting quarterback, but Flores said there's a long way to go before that happens. "I'll say my kids are expecting him (to start)," Flores said during an online press conference after the Dolphins selected the Alabama quarterback with the fifth pick in the 85th NFL Draft on Thursday night. "They're big fans. They were excited to get on the phone call with him. But, look, we haven't even seen him, obviously, with the pandemic and all that's going on. Our doctors haven't seen him, so we've a long way to go before we can say who's doing what. We'd like to just get him and have a meeting first.

"I think it's way too early to speculate on this year and how this is going to go. You guys know we like to take a one-day-at-a-time approach anyway. That's going to be the approach I'm going to have him take as well." The Dolphins have two quarterbacks with experience as NFL starters on their roster. Fifteen-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick started 13 games for Miami last season. As the Dolphins' leading passer and rusher in 2019, he led Miami to victory in five of their final nine games after the team started 0-7 - a level of play seemingly at odds with the "Tanking for Tua" tag hung on the team as it traded regulars out of its lineup for draft picks. Josh Rosen started at quarterback in the other three 2019 games for Miami. Rosen was the 10th player picked in the 2018 NFL Draft and started 13 games for Arizona as a rookie. The Cardinals replaced him with Kyler Murray, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. - Birmingham News


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  04/23/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  College football's all-time passing efficiency leader is now a Miami Dolphin. The southpaw signal caller from Honolulu's Ewa Beach was the fifth pick of Thursday night's 2020 NFL Draft, and the first selection made by the Miami Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth quarterback in franchise history selected in the first round, brings a decorated resume to South Florida. The 6-foot, 217-pound quarterback won a national championship, played in another, and went 22-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide. He threw 87 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions. He passed for 7,442 yards (10.9 yards-per-pass) with a 69.3 completion percentage. Those totals make up a 199.4 career passer efficiency rating, second to none in NCAA history. - MiamiDolphins.com

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  04/22/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Lane Kiffin believes if Tua Tagovailoa was healthy last season, Alabama would have beaten Auburn. Granted, it doesn't mean much now. The fact this revelation comes a day after the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel changed a rule in what appears to be a direct response to last season's 48-45 Auburn win in the Iron Bowl is purely coincidental. The Ole Miss coach joined Laura Rutledge for an interview with the SEC Network. He was asked how he would sort out the quarterback pecking order for Thursday night's NFL draft, and the former Alabama offensive coordinator revealed what he believes everybody assumes.

"Because of (Tua's) injury, Joe (Burrow) is gonna go first," Kiffin said Wednesday. "That's a given. "It would be interesting if Tua wasn't still in that game against Mississippi State, so, obviously, he doesn't get hurt. He uses the bye before Auburn, gets healthy and they probably beat Auburn. I think everybody would say that. "They would get themselves in the playoff. Then, I think, they're playing LSU. Who knows what happens in that game? Then, I think we're thinking about who is No. 1 (in the draft)." - Birmingham News


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  04/22/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  A little more than 24 hours before the biggest day of his life, Tua Tagovailoa has seen and heard a lot of the public aspersions of his game, be it the legitimate durability concerns or the manufactured critique that he's simply a product of Alabama's superior offensive talent. How well-founded those concerns may be and what impact they have on the former Crimson Tide quarterback's draft stock as a potential Top-5 pick Thursday evening is not yet known, but Tagovailoa is doing his best to keep his head held high and focused squarely on what's ahead for him. "I think when you start to pay attention to those things, that's when things start to go in the wrong direction," Tagovailoa told the Montgomery Advertiser during a promotional interview on behalf of Lowe's. "Now at times, I do see them, but it's all about what you do from there. You're either going to react to it or you're going to brush it off and keep doing what you do. I mean, I see it and some of it I hear as well, but it's what you do from there, what you do next (in response that matters)."

A week ago, his intelligence was questioned when a faulty report about Tagovailoa posting a 13 on the infamous Wonderlic test - the score was from a practice Wonderlic taken as a sophomore - when in reality he scored just below the average of 20 when he took the test in February. Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms has been among Tagovailoa's biggest critics, citing his less-than-idyllic height (6-feet), his arm strength and that his stats were the result of the system and talent he was surrounded by at Alabama to suggest he might not be worth a Top-5 pick. Meanwhile, former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi and other NFL insiders reported at least two teams had failed Tagovailoa's medical evaluation based on their own particular aversion to health risks after he was cleared to resume all football activities in early March following his mid-November hip surgery. "For me, it's OK regardless if it's true or if it's not true," Tagovailoa said. "I'm stepping into a new animal, I'm stepping into a new world, and given the circumstances with COVID-19 as well, it's a time where we've got to adapt to change." - Montgomery Advertiser


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  04/21/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Miami needs a quarterback. In fact, the Dolphins have needed a quarterback since a certain No. 13 decimated opposing secondaries more than 20 years ago. If it is up to ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, the Dolphins will take another No. 13, former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, in this week's NFL draft. Not that he's comparing Tagovailoa to Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Herbstreit, in a teleconference Monday, was asked by the Miami Herald about the idea of the former Crimson Tide star going No. 5 overall. "If he falls in their laps and they pass on him, I don't know how they do that," Herbstreit said.

The "GameDay" analyst, who also said earlier COVID-19 comments were "misrepresented, did say he would be in the quarterback's best interest to sit the upcoming season to make sure Tagovailoa is recovered from his hip injury. "Go back to when he burst on the scene," Herbstreit said of Tagovailoa. "Sat there his entire freshman year behind a very talented QB who won a lot of games, and halftime of the national championship, they put him into the biggest stage that you can be in in the college game, and he's never been in that situation. And to watch him play, and he made a mistake or two along the way, but to watch him play with poise, his decision-making - the game moves pretty quickly when you play in that game - and eventually lead them back and make enough plays to win the national championship in overtime, and to visit with him on the back end of that a few months later, I think it's the culture, the way he was raised. - Birmingham News


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  04/11/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  As a former NFL coach himself, Nick Saban knows his role in the annual buildup to this month's NFL draft is one of advocacy and unflinching support. It's why the longtime Alabama head coach deflected recently when he was asked his assessment of former quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's health status three weeks before the NFL's April 23-25 draft. "I'm not a doctor, and I can't comment on where Tua is and what he's doing, but we've tried to continue to do everything we can from a rehab standpoint," Saban said in an April 2 teleconference with reporters. "We think his rehab has gone extremely well, we think he's able to do things on a schedule relative to the way we all thought he would be able to do them and he's very positive and upbeat with where he is right now. That's really about all there is for me to say about that."

Tagovailoa, who underwent career-saving surgery in mid-November to correct a right posterior hip fracture suffered in a Nov. 16 game at Mississippi State, has become a lightning rod for varying opinions regarding his health and status as a likely top-five pick in this year's NFL draft. Key among those has been former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi, who cited at least one team with a top-10 pick had taken Tagovailoa off their board completely following a failed physical assessment. "What they saw … is they saw that it's more than one (injury)," Lombardi said earlier this week on his GM Shuffle podcast. "It's not just his hip. It's his ankle, it's his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year. Then they fixed it, he came back and he broke it again. "I mean he's brittle. He is brittle. You can't deny it." - Montgomery Advertiser


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  04/10/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who served as Alabama's co-offensive coordinator in 2017 and offensive coordinator in 2018, hosted an Instagram Live show Friday evening in which Tagovailoa was a guest. Locksley said the questions about Tagovailoa "threw him off" and asked Tagovailoa about those who believe he is injury-prone. "I'm not playing badminton," Tagovailoa said. "I'm not on the swim team. This is a physical sport. You're gonna get hurt. That just comes with it. It's just very unfortunate I got hurt each season. It's a part of the game. It's a contact sport. I can only control what I can control. I can't control that." Tagovailoa did seem to acknowledge there could be a risk for any team drafting him.

"I'll play for whoever takes me," he said when asked if he preferred a particular landing spot in the draft. "I just want to play, man. It doesn't matter what organization I go to, man. I just want to play. I look forward to playing under any organization that is willing to take a chance on me." Tagovailoa also commented on his Thursday pro day hosted by his trainer, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, in Nashville that was videotaped and sent to NFL teams. ESPN posted footage of the workout Friday morning. "I thought it went pretty good, given the circumstances," Tagovailoa said. "We only had so much of the field to work with. - Birmingham News


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  04/09/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa held a planned pro day in Nashville on Thursday and will send videotaped footage of the workout to all NFL teams, the Washington Post reported. NFL Network reported Tagovailoa threw to former Tide teammate Jerry Jeudy, who shares an agent with Tagovailoa, as well as former Vanderbilt receiver Kalija Lipscomb. The pro day consisted of 55 scripted throws and another 20 "dynamic" passes, the reports said. Tagovailoa has been training in Nashville with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer. Last month, Tagovailoa shared his first videos of him dropping back and throwing passes since November hip surgery. Tagovailoa's individual pro day comes on its planned date but was modified because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NFL Network reported there were less than 10 people in attendance. Former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said this week that two teams have failed Tagovailoa on his pre-draft physical, while another former NFL GM, Mike Tannenbaum, said last week it would be "irresponsible" to draft Tagovailoa in the top 10 because of his perceived medical concerns. Tagovailoa's agent, Leigh Steinberg, pushed back against the concerns during a Thursday interview with a Miami radio station, saying the questions are overblown and doctors have said Tagovailoa is fine. - Birmingham News


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  04/08/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa is widely projected to be a Top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, but one former general manager remains wary of the former Alabama quarterback's injury history. On his "GM Shuffle" podcast, former Cleveland Browns GM and longtime NFL analyst Michael Lombardi said sources have told him that two teams - including one drafting in the Top 10 - have "flunked" Tagovailoa on their pre-draft physical. Lombardi said it's not only Tagovailoa's hip injury - which ended his 2019 season in mid-November - that has pro teams wary, but also a "multitude of injuries" the former Crimson Tide star suffered during his college career.

"It's not just his hip," Lombardi said. "It's his ankle. It's his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year. … He's brittle. He is brittle. You can't deny it." The broken wrist Lombardi appears to be referring to happened on the first day of spring drills in 2018, when Tagovailoa suffered what was alternately described as a hand and thumb injury (though not a wrist injury). The Alabama quarterback also missed game or practice time with two separate ankle injuries that required surgery and a knee injury during his time in Tuscaloosa. - Birmingham News


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  03/27/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Baltimore running back Mark Ingram appeared on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday to talk about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the NFL's reigning MVP. But the former Alabama All-American wound up talking about two other QBs, too. Like Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is an NFL all-star. Ingram thinks Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is destined to be one, too. Tagovailoa is expected to be among the first players selected in the NFL Draft on April 23. Three teams among the first six in the current draft order are considered in the quarterback market - the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1, the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 and the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6. But Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury in the Crimson Tide's ninth game of the 2019 campaign. The NFL's reaction to the coronavirus crisis, with teams closing their facilities and banning personnel from traveling, has made it difficult for draft decision-makers to get the complete picture of Tagovailoa's health they would like.

Ingram understands why teams would put a red flag on the quarterback's ability to stand up to the rigors of NFL play, but he thinks passing on Tagovailoa because of that concern would be a mistake. "Obviously, injuries and availability is a huge part of being a pro and being in the NFL," Ingram said, "so I can understand durability concerns. But I think every player has durability concerns. I just think the type of person he is, his accuracy, his accolades, the number of yards he threw for, the efficiency, even some mobility in the pocket (and) out of the pocket, I just think he has great potential to be a star in this league, and I think he will be a star in this league. "Durability's obviously a concern because availability is the No. 1 thing in the NFL. You've got to be available on Sundays, and I can understand why there is some concern with his durability, but I think he's recovering fine, I think he's moving good from the clips I seen earlier this week and I'm hoping a great recovery for him. I believe that he's going to have a long, great career because I just think that's the type of person he is, that's the type of drive he has. I'm a Tua fan, man. I hope the best for Tua." - Birmingham News


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  03/14/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama has moved its pro day from March 24 to April 9, according to a report by ESPN's Field Yates. It is the latest development amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. The new date aligns with a previously scheduled individual pro day for Tua Tagovailoa. The decision to move the pro day came after Alabama decided to prohibit NFL team personnel from visiting its football facility through March 30, ESPN reported. Separately, several NFL teams on Thursday announced they had pulled their coaches and scouts off the road. This is typically a busy time of year for organized pro days and private on-campus workouts of prospects by those coaches and scouts ahead of the start of the NFL draft on April 23. - Birmingham News

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  03/08/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  It can be argued that the history of present-day football, both pro and college, was shaped by the Miami Dolphins with one decision. The Dolphins didn't sign quarterback Drew Brees as a free agent in 2006 because of a previous injury, and that one choice altered football's timeline forever. It's the Brees Butterfly Effect Theory. Brees went to the New Orleans Saints and became the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history, the New England Patriots continued their dynastic dominance of the AFC East and Nick Saban left for Alabama and reshaped college football. The rabbit hole is deep, y'all. Somewhere along the path of those cascading dominoes and sliding doors a young phenom of a quarterback in Hawaii decided to pass on Pac-12 football, move with his family about halfway around the world and play college football for Saban's Crimson Tide. That quarterback, of course, is Tua Tagovailoa, who on Monday is scheduled to begin full workouts after that devastating hip injury back in November.

And now we are here, with less than two months before the 2020 NFL Draft, and talk about things coming full circle. The mock drafts are everywhere after the NFL Combine, and the Dolphins are everyone's pick to draft an injured quarterback out of Alabama who was coached by Saban and is being compared to Brees. For the next many weeks, everything about Tua, his hip and how that will impact the NFL Draft will be discussed, analyzed and baked into our brains. - Birmingham News


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  03/05/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Record-breaking Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has announced plans for his first football camp, and it's not far from Bryant-Denny Stadium. The inaugural Tua Tagovailoa Football ProCamp is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Tuscaloosa County High in Northport. Cost is $149 per camper, which includes an autograph and photo opportunity with Tagovailoa, who is scheduled to attend. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 1-8, which apparently bars high school players from participating. The camp website does not list a cap on the number of participants. Tagovailoa rde-wrote Alabama's record book as a starter for the last two seasons, having thrown for 7,442 yards and 87 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions, in a storybook career that included the second-and-26 touchdown pass to win beat Georgia in the national championship game to cap his freshman season. Despite suffering a season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State last season, Tagovailoa remains one of the top quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Most draft analysts project him as a first-round pick. - Birmingham News

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  03/01/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama,...Selected as the Co-Polynesian Player of the Year...also earned the Bobby Bowden Award...an All-SEC second-team honoree by both the league coaches and the Associated Press...suffered a season-ending injury at Mississippi State...finished his junior season as the Crimson Tide's career touchdown responsibility leader with 96 (87 passing, nine rushing)...tops on the Alabama career passing touchdowns list with 87, eclipsing AJ McCarron's previous mark of 77...third in Alabama annals for career passing yards with 7,442 across his two-plus seasons...led all quarterbacks with a 206.93 passer efficiency rating in 2019...threw for 33 touchdowns as a junior to tie for eighth among all Division I quarterbacks in the week following his injury...completed 71.4 percent of his passes on 180-of-252, a percentage that was fifth in the country...totaled 2,840 yards passing to rank 13th among NCAA signal-callers prior to his season-ending injury despite being limited to only a half of play against Tennessee and missing the Arkansas game. - Alabama Football

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  02/25/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa climbed up a couple stairs, then walked to the podium without a hitch Tuesday. It was a promising start to a critical week. Eventually, the former Alabama quarterback revealed what NFL scouts eagerly awaited: He should be cleared to resume all football activities March 9 and will hold his pro day workout April 9 - exactly two weeks before the NFL draft. "It's been a process," Tagovailoa said. "We went to the hospital for medical checks yesterday at 10 in the morning and I was the last person to leave. I got back about 7:49 last night, so right in time for the informal and formal (team) interviews."

It's been a grueling process ever since the man with the multi-million dollar arm injured his hip Nov. 15. Two days later, he had season-ending surgery. Tagovailoa spent the next three months working his way back, rehearsing answers to all those nagging questions he expected at the league's annual scouting combine. Here, in Indianapolis, the 6-foot, 217-pound college star is one of roughly 300 draft prospects getting poked and prodded, measured and tested this week. - AP College Football


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  01/06/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is entering the NFL draft. Tagovailoa, who had surgery on his right hip in November, announced his decision Monday, ending two months of speculation regarding the star quarterback's plans as he tries to return from the serious injury. He was projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick before the injury Nov. 16 against Mississippi State. That made his draft status less clear. Alabama team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain has said Tagovailoa's prognosis was "excellent" and predicted a full recovery. Tagovailoa, the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, helped Alabama navigate the transition into one of the nation's top passing offenses. In less than two seasons as starter, he set an Alabama record with 87 career touchdown passes and ranks third with 7,442 passing yards.

He was regarded as one of the top Heisman candidates again before the season-ending injury. In his absence, Alabama lost to rival Auburn and failed to make the College Football Playoffs for the first time. Tagovailoa also had other injury issues during his career. He left the Southeastern Conference championship game as a sophomore with an ankle injury and missed the second half of the Tennessee game and the Arkansas game with a high ankle sprain. He returned to throw for 418 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to No. 1 LSU and was injured late in the first half of the next game. - AP College Football


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  01/01/20 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said on Twitter that he will announce Jan. 6 whether he will enter the NFL draft or return to college for another season. Tagovailoa is recovering from season-ending hip surgery and has not played since being injured at Mississippi State on Nov. 16. He had surgery two days later. Tagovailoa is a junior and considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. He seemed a likely top-five NFL draft pick before the injury. The severity of the injury makes his value more uncertain, though doctors who have treated him have said a full recovery is expected. Tagovailoa was on the sideline for Alabama's 35-16 victory on Wednesday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, using one crutch to help him get around. A few hours after the game he posted on his verified Twitter account: "I'll be making my decision on the 6th..God bless and Roll Tide." In 32 career games, Tagovailoa had thrown 87 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. - AP College Football

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  12/10/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama,...One of the nation's top signal-callers...suffered a season-ending injury at Mississippi State...finished his junior season as the Crimson Tide's career touchdown responsibility leader with 96 (87 passing, nine rushing)...tops on the Alabama career passing touchdowns list with 87, eclipsing AJ McCarron's previous mark of 77...third in Alabama annals for career passing yards with 7,442 across his two-plus seasons...threw for 33 touchdowns as a junior to rank third among all Division I quarterbacks in the week following his injury...completed 71.4 percent of his passes on 180-of-252, a percentage that was sixth in the country...totaled 2,840 yards passing to rank 13th among NCAA signal-callers despite being limited to only a half of play against Tennessee and missing the Arkansas game before his injury...added 21 rushes for 25 yards with two touchdowns on the ground. - Alabama Football

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  12/05/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa said being assured he'd likely remain a high NFL draft pick could make "the biggest decision of my life" a little easier. The Alabama quarterback is still weighing his options and going through rehab for the right hip injury that ended his junior season - and potentially his career with the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide. Once regarded as a potential No. 1 overall pick, Tagovailoa said Thursday that if he feels he'll still be a Top 10 or 15 pick, that might be too tempting to stick around. "I think that'd be tough to pass up," he said, sitting in a chair where the podium normally rests during Alabama news conferences. "But I think there's a lot more to it than that in some aspects." Tagovailoa stopped there, saying he wants to have that conversation with his family not reporters.

The quarterback doesn't have a timeline on when he will make that decision, saying it could come right before the Jan. 20 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft. "This is probably going to be the biggest decision of my life," Tagovailoa said. "This is where I seek advice from what I believe and this is where I seek advice from my parents. But truly at the end of the day, the decision comes down to me, whether I feel like it's right for me to stay or whether it's right for me to go. "It's just a really, really big decision, and everybody just wants to know. That's what makes it even bigger, I'd say." - AP College Football


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  11/19/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The parents of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa say the support the family has received "is nothing short of amazing." Galu and Diane Tagovailoa issued a statement Tuesday through Alabama's athletic department and on Facebook. Tua Tagovailoa had surgery Monday in Houston for a dislocated right hip suffered in the Mississippi State game. The team's surgeon, Dr. Lyle Cain, predicted a full recovery for the Crimson Tide star, who has been projected as a high NFL draft pick. The statement thanks "all of the Alabama family and everyone across the world for the prayers and outpouring of love and support for our son and our family." It also says the family has "felt the unceasing prayer, and words can't express how overwhelming and uplifting that has been for us." - AP College Football

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  11/18/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has had surgery on his right hip. Alabama team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the procedure in Houston was successful. Cain described Tagovailoa's prognosis as "excellent" and reiterated that he is expected to make a full recovery. He says Tagovailoa will return to Tuscaloosa “in the next several days” to begin the rehab process. The fifth-ranked Crimson Tide's star, a potential top pick in April's NFL draft, was injured while being dragged down by two defenders late in the first half of Saturday's 38-7 win over Mississippi State. Tagovailoa has been projected as a potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick. The junior had Alabama in playoff contention again and has already set the school record for total touchdowns, with 87 passing and nine rushing. - AP College Football

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  11/17/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is scheduled to have hip surgery in Houston. Team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said in a statement Sunday that Tagovailoa will have surgery on his dislocated right hip Monday. An Alabama spokesman declined to disclose where he was having the surgery citing privacy reasons. Cain says the medical team "consulted with multiple orthopedic experts across the country, who specialize in hip injuries and surgeries." He reiterated that they expect Tagovailoa to make a full recovery.

The fifth-ranked Crimson Tide's star, a potential top pick in April's NFL draft, was injured while being dragged down by two defenders late in the first half of Saturday's 38-7 win over Mississippi State. Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game. Defensive linemen Phidarian Mathis and Raekwon Davis posted a picture with a smiling Tagovailoa in his hospital bed Sunday. He passed for 418 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to No. 1 LSU less than three weeks after right ankle surgery. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  11/16/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury he suffered late in the first half of the Crimson Tide's victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa was injured while being dragged down late in the first half, with the Tide up four touchdowns, and No. 4 Alabama went on to beat Mississippi State 38-7. Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game. Alabama officials confirmed Tagovailoa was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Hours later the school announced he has sustained a dislocated right hip. - Alabama/AP College Football

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  11/16/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip while being dragged down by tacklers late in the first half on what was likely his last series and No. 4 Alabama went on to bear Mississippi State 38-7 Saturday in a game that might have cost the Crimson Tide its star quarterback. Tagovailoa was injured after a scramble when he was taken down hard by Bulldogs linebacker Leo Lewis. Tagovailoa needed help getting to his feet and was carted off the field with 3:01 left in the second quarter. The junior had been nursing an ankle injury that needed surgery four weeks ago, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was unrelated. Saban called it "freak injury."

Alabama officials confirmed Tagovailoa was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The junior was 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdown passes, giving him 31 on the season. He was replaced in the second half by Mac Jones. The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a touchdown run and a touchdown catch by Najee Harris, who finished with four TDs. Mississippi State (4-6, 2-5) cut the lead to 14-7 on a 1-yard scoring run by Kylin Hill. The Bulldogs must now win out to be bowl eligible. Harris finished with 88 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving. Jerry Jeudy had seven catches for 114 yards to pace the Alabama passing attack. Tommy Stevens was 12 of 21 passing for Mississippi State and had just 82 yards passing. Stevens did rush for 96 yards on 10 carries. - AP College Football


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  11/08/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Saban has been cautious, or maybe just coy, in public comments about Tagovailoa's status. The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up has missed the past six-plus quarters since getting injured against Tennessee and had a surgical procedure on his right ankle. Mac Jones took his place. "Tua's worked hard to try to get back where he has an opportunity to play," Saban said Wednesday night. "He's been able to practice some. We still don't know what his status for the game is going to be. We'll make it when the game comes. We don't know what kind of setbacks he's going to have and how he's going to continue to progress. So, there's nothing else I can really say about it." - AP College Football

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  10/30/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has returned to practice on a limited basis, but tight end Miller Forristall could be out for the next six weeks. Coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa could be "a game-day decision" with a sprained right ankle but he took snaps and went through some work "on air" in Wednesday's practice. He didn't go through team drills as the second-ranked Crimson Tide prepares for the Nov. 9 game against No. 1 LSU. "This is going to be a day-by-day, game-day decision," Saban said. "And there's nothing really else that I can say about it. I can tell you that his mentality has been really good in terms of how he's working, the things he's doing and how he's progressing and his attitude of trying to get back on the field and trying to progress. "That's always a good sign." Tagovailoa underwent a "tightrope" procedure on Oct. 20. The high ankle sprain is the same injury the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up suffered in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season, just to the other ankle. He returned in time to play in the College Football Playoffs against Oklahoma, but this would be a quicker comeback. Mac Jones started for the Tide against Arkansas last weekend. - AP College Football

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  10/27/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Barring some weirdness with the voters next week, Alabama-LSU will be the 26th 1 vs. 2 regular-season game, including conference championship games. The No. 1 team is 15-8-2, including LSU's 9-6 victory at Alabama in 2011, the last time 1 and 2 met in the regular season. The advent of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, and then later the College Football Playoff, have created frequent 1-2 matchups during bowl season. Overall, No. 1 is 28-21-2. After LSU and Alabama played as 1 and 2 in the regular season, they had a rematch in the BCS championship game in January 2012 won by the Crimson Tide. Heading into that BCS championship was the last time LSU was No. 1. - AP College Football

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  10/20/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has had a procedure for a high ankle sprain and will miss Saturday's game against Arkansas. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa had what's known as a "tightrope" procedure on his right ankle Sunday. He says it's the same injury the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up suffered in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season, just to the other ankle. Saban predicted "a full and speedy recovery" for Tagovailoa. He was hurt in the second quarter of Alabama's 35-13 win over Tennessee. No. 1 Alabama has an open date before facing No. 2 LSU on Nov. 9. Tagovailoa promised teammates he'd be back for that game. He played in the playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma 28 days after the injury last season. - AP College Football

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  10/20/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama leaned on the old formula once quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury: big defensive plays and running the ball. The top-ranked Crimson Tide turned to the defense and tailback Najee Harris once the high-flying passing game was grounded, pulling out a 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night. The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) faced its first test of the season without last season's Heisman Trophy runner-up against the five-touchdown underdogs. Both starting quarterbacks left the game before halftime, and the Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) put up a fight much of the way. Tagovailoa exited with a left ankle injury in the second quarter and coach Nick Saban said he is likely to miss the next game against Arkansas. He called time before the play clock ran out after a sack.

"Tua came out of the game, I didn't even know he was hurt," Saban said. "We called timeout because the shot clock was running out. He said he felt like he twisted his ankle and Mac (Jones) had to go in. I didn't have time to give him a pep talk or anything." He told teammates he'd be "back for LSU" on Nov. 9, linebacker Terrell Lewis said. Tennessee freshman Brian Maurer had already left with a concussion for the second straight week, replaced by former starter Jarrett Guarantano. The end result was familiar: Alabama's 13th consecutive win over the rival Vols. "This is the first time we really had to grind one out and we really had to make plays," Saban said. The biggest came when Trevon Diggs recovered Guarantano's fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and raced 100 yards for a touchdown to end the threat. Tennessee could have cut the deficit to a touchdown, down 28-13. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  10/19/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left in the first half against Tennessee with an ankle injury. Tagovailoa walked off the field and was taken to the sideline medical tent during the second quarter Saturday night. The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up then was escorted to the locker room while Mac Jones took his place. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told ESPN Tagovailoa twisted an ankle and that he wasn't sure of the quarterback's status for the second half. Tagovailoa called a timeout just before the play clock ran out after a sack and walked to the sideline. He was 11 of 12 for 155 before the injury. Tagovailoa did throw an interception on first-and-goal from the 2 when he tried to force the ball while scrambling. - AP College Football

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  10/12/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns and Alabama's offense kept rolling in the Tide's first game at No. 1 this season with a 47-28 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday. Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but became Alabama's career passing touchdowns leader with his first one of the game, breaking his tie with A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season. Tagovailoa shrugged off setting the school record to focus on the importance of beating Alabama's first ranked opponent of the season. "You just revert back to your training. I've experience playing at a place like Tennessee, then going to LSU, Ole Miss...Everyone wants to beat Alabama," Tagovailoa said. "We're not done yet, as a team we have to continue to grow."

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed briefly when Texas A&M scored a touchdown on its first possession. Tagovailoa then engineered four consecutive scoring drives, which included three touchdown passes that all came on third down, and the Tide were on cruise control against the best pass defense they had faced so far this season. The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter. Tagovailoa spread the scoring around, with all of his TD strikes going to different receivers. His two longest of the day were a 47-yarder to DeVonta Smith in the first quarter and a pinpoint 33-yarder to Henry Ruggs III in the third. "I feel I have a relationship with everyone, a good connection with everyone," Tagovailoa said. Alabama didn't have to punt until there was less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Najee Harris rushed for 114 yards. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  10/11/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa has thrown 23 touchdown passes without an interception this year after finishing second in last season's Heisman balloting. Alabama faces its first ranked opponent Saturday at Texas A&M. - AP College Football

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  09/29/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, replacing preseason No. 1 Clemson after the Tigers had a close call. Alabama received 29 of 61 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel as the Tigers' one-point victory at North Carolina gave the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank the first shake-up at the top this season. Clemson slipped to No. 2 and received 18 first-place votes. The last time a No. 1 team won and dropped was Ohio State on Nov. 7, 2015, after the Buckeyes beat Minnesota 28-14 at home. It has happened 74 times previously since the poll started in 1936.

No. 3 Georgia received four first-place votes. Ohio State moved up to No. 4 and received seven first-place votes. LSU was No. 5 and Oklahoma sixth. No. 7 Auburn received three first-place votes. At the other end of the rankings, No. 24 SMU is ranked for the first time since the program received the so-called death penalty for NCAA rules violations in 1987 and did not compete for two seasons. Alabama has now been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last 12 seasons, extending its own record. The second-longest streak belongs to Miami, which had a string of seven consecutive seasons with an appearance at No. 1 from 1986-92. This is the 119th time Alabama has been No. 1, most of any school since the AP poll started in 1936, and the 88th time it has been top-ranked under coach Nick Saban since he took over in 2007. Only Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Southern California have more total appearances at No. 1 than Alabama has under Saban. - AP College Football


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  09/28/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa's touchdown run in the second quarter was the 81st TD passing and rushing of his career, passing AJ McCarron for the school record. He also ultimately tied McCarron's 77 scoring passes. - Alabama/AP College Football

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  09/22/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters and Alabama rolled past Southern Miss. Tagovailoa had his second straight five-TD game and the Crimson Tide (4-0) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 19 minutes in yet another lopsided victory. Last season's Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 21 passes. The Golden Eagles (2-2) couldn't keep up with speedy Tide receiver Henry Ruggs III early. Ruggs had a career high in receiving yards even before the first quarter ended, with touchdowns of 45 and 74 yards in the opening nine minutes.

He finished with four catches for 148 yards, all in the first half and all on four targets. He sprinted to the end zone on a slant pattern for the 45-yarder, then topped that after slowing down to catch the ball before accelerating to the end zone. Najee Harris gained 110 yards on 14 carries to become the Tide's first 100-yard rusher since last season's LSU game. Jerry Jeudy caught a pair of TD passes and finished with 96 yards on six catches. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  09/21/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The glaring sun was the only thing that slowed down Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III early, and that was only for an instant. Ruggs held up momentarily before pulling in his second long touchdown catch in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's 49-7 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday. He collected it and was off to the races again for a 74-yard score. Ruggs said it wasn't an underthrown ball by Tua Tagovailoa, who had another huge game. "The sun caught in my eye," he said. "The ball was right in the sun, so I actually turned around to make sure I secured the catch instead of catching it over the shoulder."

Tagovailoa passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters, including a 45-yarder and 74-yarder to Ruggs in the first nine minutes. He had his second straight five-TD game and the Tide (4-0) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 19 minutes in yet another lopsided victory. Last season's Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 21 passes. The Golden Eagles (2-2) couldn't keep up with the speedy Ruggs, despite a little help from the sun. He had a career high in receiving yards even before the first quarter ended. Ruggs finished with four catches for 148 yards, all in the first half and all on four targets. He sprinted to the end zone untouched on a slant pattern for the 45-yarder. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  09/21/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tagovailoa's fourth TD pass made him the second Alabama quarterback to reach 70. AJ McCarron has the school career mark with 77. Tagovailoa also passed Jalen Hurts and others to move into the top 5 on Alabama's career passing yards list. - AP College Football

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  09/16/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  WEEK 3 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama,...The junior QB led seven scoring drives - five touchdowns - in nine total drives as the Crimson Tide posted a 47-23 win in the Tide's SEC opener at South Carolina....Set a career high 444 passing yards, which is the third most in a single game in school history...Became the first quarterback in school history to throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a game...Registered a 227.21 passer efficiency with no interceptions...Had 10 explosive receptions of at least 17 yards, including a long of 81 yards touchdown strike to Henry Ruggs III...His 28 completions, where were the fifth most in a game in school history, accounted for 17 first downs for an average of 15.9 yards per catch. - SEC Football

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  09/14/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 444 yards and tied his personal best with five touchdowns to help No. 2 Alabama open Southeastern Conference play with a 47-23 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. Coach Nick Saban improved to 12-1 at Alabama in SEC openers and wiped away some bad memories of his last visit to Williams-Brice Stadium nine years ago. Tagovailoa and his receivers quickly got the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0) rolling with first-quarter TD passes of 24 yards to Najee Harris and 81 yards to Henry Ruggs III. Whenever the Gamecocks (1-2, 0-1) drew within range, Tagovailoa came right back to restore Alabama's edge.

Harris added a 42-yard catch-and-run score where he broke two tackles and leaped over defensive back R.J. Roderick on the way to the end zone. DeVonta Smith caught Tagovailoa's last TD pass, also for 42 yards. Saban reminded his players, about all who were in middle or elementary school in 2010, of the Tides' previous game here when the top-ranked Tide were soundly beaten 35-21. And the Gamecocks tried anything they could to pull off another miracle, but little worked - especially with Tagovailoa in complete control. Parker White's fake field goal run to the end zone was called back because of holding. Alabama snuffed out a fake punt to stop the Gamecocks well short of a first down. And when South Carolina drove to Alabama's 1 on the final play of the half, freshman Ryan Hilinski's pass to the back of the end zone was off target. Tagovailoa's passing yards were the third most in school history. He bettered his previous mark of 387 yards against Texas A&M and tied his personal best for touchdowns set against Auburn, both of those coming in 2018. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  09/07/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua Tagovailoa's first throw went backward to Henry Ruggs III, who sprinted 75 yards to the end zone. That's about how the day went for No. 2 Alabama. Tagovailoa passed for three touchdowns and ran 25 yards for a fourth, all in the first half of the Crimson Tide's 62-10 victory over New Mexico State Saturday. The Crimson Tide (2-0) was off to the races starting with the game's first play, when Ruggs collected the lateral in a play that was initially ruled a pass. "We knew we wanted to start fast and what's the best way to start than first play a 75-yard touchdown," Ruggs said. It didn't get any better for the Aggies (0-2) after that in sweltering conditions that contributed to thousands of empty seats at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy tied the school record with three touchdown catches, covering 21, 23 and 19 yards. He caught eight passes for 103 yards in his second straight big game.

Ruggs also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in a game that started under a 95-degree temperature with a triple-digit heat index. There was just the right amount of drama for a Tide team facing 55 1/2-point underdogs: Zero. Tagovailoa played one series into the third quarter before exiting, but not before becoming the eighth Tide quarterback with 5,000 career passing yards. He also darted up the middle for the scoring run and finished 16-of-24 passing for 227 yards. The first play, he didn't mind giving up the passing stat. "I didn't expect us to score on the first play," Tagovailoa said. "It was a little bubble throw. It just shows what kind of guys we've got. You can throw something as short as that and they turn it into a big play." - AP College Football


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  09/02/19 - QB *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  WEEK 1 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama,...The junior quarterback accounted for 351 total yards (336 passing/15 rushing) Completed 83.9 percent of his passes (26 of 31) for 336 yards and four scores...Turned in a 217.5 quarterback efficiency rating Averaged 12.9 yards per completion 10.8 yards per attempt...Completed both of his third down passes to convert third downs...Completed 12 straight passes in the second and third quarters...Completed passes to nine different receivers, including five wideouts, two tight ends and two running backs. - SEC Football

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