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  11/17/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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


(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  11/16/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  11/16/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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


(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  11/12/19 - Najee HarrisJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 230 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Najee Harris has surpassed 100 yards rushing in three of the last four games, including a season-best 146 against No. 1 LSU. The junior and former five-star recruit has had to wait his turn to become Alabama's feature back. Now, he has developed into one of the most complete backs in the country, adding 19 receptions and five touchdown catches to 788 yards rushing and six scores. - AP College Football

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  11/08/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2021 QB Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  10/30/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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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  10/30/19 - Miller ForristallrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-4, 242 (DS#23 TE) + 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. Forristall got hit in the throat in the Arkansas game and had surgery to repair an injury to his voice box. Forristall has 12 catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Saban says it didn't initially seem like a serious injury and Forristall was able to return to the game. Backup tight end Major Tennison has 21 yards and a TD on three catches. - AP College Football

(DS#23 TE) rJr/2021 TE Miller ForristallAlabama
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  10/27/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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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  10/27/19 - Mac JonesrSo/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Alabama didn't get caught looking ahead to the massive next game or slow down much even with Tua Tagovailoa stuck watching from the sidelines. Mac Jones passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns filling in for an injured Tagovailoa and the top-ranked Crimson Tide coasted to a 48-7 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. Even without the Heisman Trophy candidate Tagovailoa, the Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and Jones only played one drive into the second half. The Razorbacks (2-6, 0-5) couldn't muster much challenge on either side of the ball in what turned into a drama-free tuneup for Alabama's game in two weeks against No. 2 LSU. Tide coach Nick Saban didn't have to gripe about players swallowing the "rat poison" of media and fan hype about the next game. "This was a game that if we'd taken any rat poison, we wouldn't have been focused on this game at all, based on everybody else," Saban said. "The community, the media, the fans and the questions I get asked on the radio show. "I get asked about the next game and we had this game. I was really pleased with the way they stayed focused on what they had to do in this game." Jones completed 18 of 22 passes and finished up with a 40-yarder in the end zone for his second touchdown throw to Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy caught seven passes for 103 yards with Jones & Co. proving they can still deliver some big plays even without Tagovailoa. "I felt really prepared and we were prepared," Jones said. "It's football and I've been playing since I was 5 and everybody around me has been playing since they were 5. So no big deal." - Alabama/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/27/19 - DeVonta SmithJr/2021, Alabama, 6-0, 175 (DS#9 WR) + More +

  Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was on the sidelines with a sling on his left shoulder in the second half, which Saban said was just a bruise. He had four catches for 67 yards and Saban. - Alabama/AP College Football

(DS#9 WR) Jr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  10/25/19 - Mac JonesrSo/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Alabama's mantra of "Next man up" for overcoming injuries will be put to the test this week against Arkansas. With injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out, sophomore Mac Jones is in. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will turn to Jones on Saturday night against Arkansas as Tagovailoa is sidelined with a right ankle injury. Jones must go from unknown understudy to one of college football's stars to leading man -- at least for one game. "Mac's got to be the leader of the team," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's got to take over the team. When you're the backup player, you're a little bit like the sparring partner, but you can't be that anymore.

"You're the lead fighter. You're the top dog. You've got to do things with confidence. You've got to take command. You can't have bad body language in front of your teammates, regardless of what happens." Alabama (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) remains a 32-point favorite over the Razorbacks (2-5, 0-4), who are coming off a 51-10 loss to No. 9 Auburn. One of the main questions outside the team has already been whether Tagovailoa will return for a Nov. 9 showdown with No. 2 LSU after an open date. But first things first for Alabama. Jones gets center stage for a change after replacing Tagovailoa in the second quarter against Tennessee. "I've got as much faith in Mac as I've got in any quarterback here," Alabama tight end Miller Forristall said. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/24/19 - Najee HarrisJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 230 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  The high ankle sprain sidelining Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa has put more responsibility on Najee Harris and the top-ranked Crimson Tide's rushing attack. Harris responded last week by rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also catching four passes for 48 yards against Tennessee. Harris has rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last four games and could have another big performance Saturday when Tagovailoa sits out Alabama's game with Arkansas. - AP College Football

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  10/22/19 - Alex LeatherwoodJr/2021, Alabama, 6-5, 310 (DS#3 OT) + More +

  OCT 21/WEEK 8 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama,...The junior turned in a dominant performance from his left tackle spot...Provided time for the Crimson Tide offense to average 6.4 yards per play while accounting for 140 rushing yards...Opened holes for the running backs to average 5.2 yards on 28 carries (145 rushing yards) and three touchdowns...Played 62 snaps while not allowing a sack, hurry or pressure...Missed only a single assignment and helped the Crimson Tide. - SEC Football

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  10/20/19 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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 - Tua TagovailoaJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 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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