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Name: Taulia Tagovailoa (Double Transfer from Maryland/Alabama)
College: Maryland     Number: 3
Height: 5-10   Weight: 200
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2024

40 Low: 4.64
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Height: 5102
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Dates: 03/29/24
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 Data Scout Notes: 2024: 01-05-24 Transfer from Maryland...2023: 2ndC...2022: 2ndC...(+) Coming off Oct 2022 Knee INJ...PManning/PUnitas/PMaxwell/PDaveyOBrien...2021: HMC...2020: NAC...Transfer from Alabama



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  12/27/23 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2023 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM: QB Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland,...Tagovailoa leads the Big Ten in nearly every passing category, standing atop the league in passing yards (3,377), passing touchdowns (25), completions (290), points responsible for (182) and total offense (3,395). Maryland's all-time passing leader in every category, Tagovailoa became the Big Ten's all-time passing leader this past weekend against Rutgers, now with 11,256 career passing yards. Tagovailoa has thrown a touchdown in 11 of 12 games and thrown for at least 250 yards in nine of 12 games this season. - Maryland Football

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  03/10/23 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland football has finalized its coaching staff for the 2023 season with the additions of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and safeties coach Zac Spavital, the program announced Thursday. Gattis, who will also coach quarterbacks at Maryland, was the offensive coordinator at Miami in 2022, but the school fired him after one season. The Hurricanes logged 23.6 points and 367.1 yards per game. Gattis has experience in the Big Ten, working as Michigan's offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021. Gattis won the 2021 Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant. "The additions of Josh and Zac really bolsters our already strong coaching staff," Coach Michael Locksley said in a statement. "Josh and I have a strong relationship and a proven track record of working together to produce a potent offense. He and I share many of the same philosophies, and it should be a very smooth transition. Zac comes to us with a history of being part of defenses that have a tremendous amount of success, especially when it comes to being aggressive and taking the ball away."

Gattis will be part of a new-look offensive staff after Locksley lost his top two offensive assistants after last season. Locksley recently hired longtime college head coach Kevin Sumlin as the co-coordinator and tight ends coach. Gattis worked with Locksley at Alabama in 2018, when Locksley led the record-setting Crimson Tide offense and Gattis served as the co-coordinator and wide receivers coach. At Maryland, Gattis will inherit an offense led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who will be Maryland's starter for the fourth straight season. The Terps have steadily improved under Locksley, and Tagovailoa has been the program's most prominent player as he's broken numerous school records. - Washington Post


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  01/18/23 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa announced Wednesday he is returning to Maryland to play next season. Tagovailoa, who holds a slew of school passing records, will try to help the Terrapins continue their recent rise under coach Michael Locksley. Maryland has won bowl games each of the past two seasons after finishing below .500 in the previous six. "My goal when coming to Maryland was to help Coach Locksley turn this program around," Tagovailoa said. "After winning back-to-back bowl games, I believe we have things going in the right direction. But we're not done yet. I'm not done yet."

The Terps went 8-5 this past season and were competitive against both Michigan and Ohio State. Tagovailoa, the brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, has stabilized the QB position at Maryland. He holds the program's career records for yards passing, completions, completion percentage, touchdowns passing and total offense. He also holds single-season records for yards passing, completions, completion percentage and touchdowns passing. Maryland also returns standout running back Roman Hemby and tight end Corey Dyches, although wide receiver Rakim Jarrett decided to enter the NFL draft. - AP College Football


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  01/15/23 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is Maryland's all-time leader in career passing yards (7,658), total offensive yards (7.843), passing touchdowns (50) and completion percentage (68%). In 2021, he established single-season school records for passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%) and touchdowns (26). This past season, Tagovailoa was named second-team All-Big Ten Conference by the coaches after completing 262 of 391 passes (67%) for 3,008 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Tagovailoa is currently contemplating whether to return to Maryland for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. He is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. If Tagovailoa does return to the Terps, he has a chance to climb further up the Big Ten's all-time record book. The Hawaii native is currently ranked 42nd in league history in touchdown passes, 35th in passing yards and 33rd in completions. - Capital Times


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  12/31/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Octavian Smith, Chad Ryland kicked three field goals and Maryland outlasted No. 25 North Carolina State 16-12 to win the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Friday. Tagovailoa finished 19 of 37 for 221 yards with two interceptions. Roman Hemby ran for 65 yards rushing on 24 carries for Maryland (8-5), which won its second straight bowl game. Jakorian Bennett, who helped seal the win with a late interception, was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The Terrapins' defense held N.C. State to 27 yards rushing on 18 carries and kept the Wolfpack out of the end zone. Ben Finley, one of four different starting quarterbacks for North Carolina State this season, completed 22 of 48 passes for 269 yards with two interceptions and couldn't find the end zone. All of N.C. State's points came off the leg of All-American kicker Christopher Dunn, who converted field goals of 38, 19, 38 and 26 yards.

Redshirt freshman Billy Edwards Jr., who had only thrown 45 passes all season for Maryland, got the start at quarterback for Maryland over Tagovailoa. But he only lasted one series before giving way to the Terrapins' regular-season starter. Maryland took a 10-9 lead in the second quarter when Tagovailoa found Smith in the back left corner of the end zone for the game's only touchdown. North Carolina State (8-5) certainly had its chances, penetrating the Maryland 25-yard line four times, but was forced to settle for field goals each time. The biggest opportunity to seize momentum came in the fourth quarter when Rakeim Ashford intercepted Tagovailoa at the N.C. State 35. But the Terrapins defense answered with a third-down stop and forced a field goal. N.C. State had one last chance to win it when they got the ball back with 2:34 left in the game at their own 25, but Bennett's leaping interception clinched the victory. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  12/01/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland,...Tagovailoa completed 243 of his 354 pass attempts for 2,787 yards and 17 touchdowns during his redshirt junior season. The quarterback ranks second in the Big Ten in completions and completion percentage (68.6), and third in passing yards. Tagovailoa has rewritten Maryland's record books, as he's now the program leader in career touchdown passes (50), career passing yards (7,658), total offense (7,843) and 300-yard passing games (12). - Maryland Football

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  11/26/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 342 yards and a touchdown, Roman Hemby ran for three TDs, and the Maryland defense allowed just two first downs through the first 2 1/2 quarters of a 37-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Jeshaun Jones had nine catches for 152 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins, who snapped a three-game losing streak and completed their first seven-win regular season since 2014. Rutgers (4-8, 1-8 Big Ten) finished its season on a five-game skid. Tagovailoa, who has dealt with knee problems this year, missed a few plays during this one, but Maryland (7-5, 4-5) could have won this game even without a big offensive performance.

The Terps lost two fumbles in Rutgers territory in the first quarter, but after stopping the Scarlet Knights on fourth down near midfield, Maryland drove for the game's first touchdown, a 1-yard run by Hemby on the first play of the second. Hemby added another 1-yard TD in the second and an 8-yarder in the third, and Chad Ryland kicked three field goals. Rutgers was shut out for the second time this season, having lost 31-0 to Minnesota in October. This was Maryland's first shutout against a conference opponent since beating Wake Forest 26-0 in 2008, six years before the Terps began playing in the Big Ten. Tagovailoa threw a 27-yard touchdown to Jones in the fourth. It was his 50th TD pass, breaking a tie with Scott Milanovich for Maryland's career lead. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  10/18/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa aggravated a previous knee problem last weekend, and coach Michael Locksley expressed relief that the injury wasn't more serious. Locksley said Tagovailoa would be a game time decision this Saturday against Northwestern after the standout quarterback was carted off during his team's win at Indiana. Tagovailoa, whose brother Tua has missed time in the NFL recently following a head injury, left Saturday's game against the Hoosiers early in the fourth quarter. Locksley said Tuesday he initially sprained an MCL in a loss at Michigan last month and then aggravated that against Indiana. Tagovailoa had an MRI after the Michigan game and another one Sunday, and Locksley said the more recent one showed no further structural damage. Tagovailoa was able to return for the next game after the injury at Michigan. - AP College Football

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  10/01/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had a lot on his mind this week. That was only natural after his brother Tua was stretchered off with a head injury while playing for the Miami Dolphins. "They're really, really close," Terrapins coach Michael Locksley said. "I think the one thing that was able to settle him down, was he was finally able to get a FaceTime with Tua, and Tua basically said, "Hey, I'm fine man. Go play." Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 314 yards and a touchdown, and Maryland handed Michigan State its third consecutive loss, 27-13 on Saturday.

The Terrapins (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, and the Maryland defense was solid as the Terps passed their first test in what feels like an important October for the program. Payton Thorne threw for 221 yards and a touchdown, but the Spartans (2-3, 0-2) went scoreless in the second half against a Maryland defense that still has a lot to prove. Michigan State also had problems on special teams, missing a field goal, having another one blocked and botching an extra point because of a bad snap. Tagovailoa went 32 of 41 and moved ahead of Boomer Esiason for third place on Maryland's career list in yards passing. "I'll take my hat off to that kid," Locksley said. "You guys have no idea what the last 24 to 48 hours have been like for him." - Maryland/AP College Football


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  09/17/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dyches with 7:30 remaining, and Maryland held on for a 34-27 victory over SMU on Saturday night. Roman Hemby ran for 151 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins, who overcame 15 penalties to win this matchup of flawed-but-unbeaten teams. The Mustangs (2-1) had three of the game's five turnovers, and they lost the ball on downs at the Maryland 9 when Tanner Mordecai's fourth-down pass to the end zone sailed high with 2:31 remaining. SMU got the ball back one more time but turned it over on downs again near midfield with 46 seconds left. Maryland trailed 20-17 at halftime, and the Terrapins (3-0) wasted an opportunity early in the third quarter after driving to the SMU 6. A touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Jeshaun Jones was wiped out by a holding penalty, and Jones was also called for unsportsmanlike conduct, putting Maryland in a third-and-goal situation back at the 31.

The Terps did manage a field goal to tie the game, but on SMU's next drive, they were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing the passer and pass interference. A fumble by Mordecai inside the Maryland 5 ended that drive, but the Mustangs quickly forced a punt and then took a 27-20 lead on a 7-yard scoring pass from Mordecai to Moochie Dixon. SMU then got the ball back near midfield after a Maryland fumble, but a missed field goal kept the lead at seven, and the Terps drove to tie it on a 1-yard run by Hemby. After an interception by Dante Trader, Maryland had a chance to take the lead. The Terrapins went for it on fourth-and-9 from the SMU 45. Dyches caught a pass a couple yards short, but he dragged linebacker Jimmy Phillips across the line to gain. Moments later, his TD made it 34-27. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  09/12/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, QB - Jr. - Ewa Beach, Hawaii - Thompson,...Accounted for five total touchdowns and set the Terrapins' single-game program record for completion percentage by connecting on 27 of 31 passing attempts in Maryland's 56-21 win at Charlotte...Threw for 391 yards, tossed a career-high four touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown for his ninth 300-yard career performance...Set a new program record with an 87 percent completion rate for a quarterback with at least 15 pass attempts in a game...The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: Taulia Tagovailoa (Nov. 2, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  09/10/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa wasn't happy with himself after failing to throw a touchdown pass in Maryland's season opener. He made up for it in Week 2 - and then some. Tagovailoa threw for 391 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and the high-powered Maryland Terrapins defeated the Charlotte 49ers 56-21 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 for the third time in four seasons under head coach Michael Locksley. Tagovailoa connected on TD passes of 39 and 45 yards to Jacob Copeland and 14 and 16 yards to Jeshaun Jones in the first half as the Terrapins scored touchdowns on their first five possessions to build a 35-14 lead. The redshirt junior also ran for a score in the second half. "I feel like we made most of our opportunities count, not just myself but our O-line, our receivers and tight ends," Tagovailoa said. "And we won the game, that's the biggest thing." Antwaine Littleton ran for a 59-yard touchdown and Colby McDonald scored on a 49-yard burst as Maryland outgained Charlotte 617-388. - Maryland/AP College Football

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  08/29/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Taulia Tagovailoa, Jr., Maryland,...Tagovailoa elevated Maryland's passing game to heights it has never seen before during the 2021 season. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native completed 328 of 474 passes for 3,860 yards and 26 touchdowns while setting seven single-season program records. He shattered the single-season school records for passing yards and completions while equaling the mark for touchdowns thrown.

Tagovailoa became the first quarterback to start every game of a season for Maryland since C.J. Brown did so in 2014. He closed his sensational season by completing 20 of 24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 54-10 rout of Virginia Tech in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Tagovailoa was named Most Valuable Player of the game after directing an offense that compiled 481 total yards and scored the most points in the history of the Pinstripe Bowl. - Maryland Football


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  07/20/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, Jr., 5-11, 200, Ewa Beach, Hawaii,...Tagovailoa set seven single-season program records during a prolific 2021 season. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native owns Maryland single-season records for passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), passing touchdowns (26) and 300-yard passing games (7) last season. - Maryland Football

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  07/20/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland,... As a Redshirt Sophomore (2021), Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (5-11, 200) had record breaking season, setting program single season records in passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), passing touchdowns (26) and 300-yard passing games (7) ... Ranked top-25 in the FBS and top three in Big Ten in every passing category with 328-for-474, 3,860 yard, 26 TD season for the Terps ... Completion percentage (69.2) ranked eighth in the FBS ... Also stood top-10 in nation in passing yards (3,860) and completions per game (25.23).

Named New Era Pinstripe Bowl MVP after fantastic game to pace Terps to 54-10 win, completing 20-of-24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 42 yards on four carries ... Tied Scott Milanovich (1993) for Maryland single season passing touchdown record (26) ... Set the Maryland passing yards record with fantastic game at Rutgers (11/27) to lead Terps to bowl eligibility, throwing for 312 yards on 21-of-30 passing and three touchdowns while also rushing for 16 yards and a touchdown ... Broke the Maryland single-season completion record vs. #8 Michigan (11/20) with 19 completions on 33 attempts for 178 yards and a touchdown, as well as 30 yards rushing and an additional touchdown ... Set the Maryland record for most 300-yard passing games in a season with 350 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-48 passing at #8 Michigan State (11/13). - Maryland Football


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  05/04/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Tagovailoa had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in Maryland history in 2021. He set the single-season record in passing yards (3,860) and completions (328) while tying former quarterback Scott Milanovich for the most passing touchdowns (26). But more importantly, Tagovailoa, the brother of former Alabama star and Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, provided much-needed stability at the position, becoming the first quarterback since C.J. Brown in 2014 to start every game.

But the Alabama transfer wasn't flawless last season. His decision-making was an issue at times, as he often threw the ball into tight coverage. In the Terps' 51-14 home loss to then-No. 5 Iowa, he threw five of his 11 interceptions. The spring game will be nowhere close to the competition level Tagovailoa will face during the regular season. However, it will be interesting to see if the third-year starter shows improvement as a decision-maker while strengthening his connections with the receivers. If Maryland wants to build off its first winning season in seven years, the Terps will need Tagovailoa to continue to make strides as a signal-caller. - Baltimore Sun


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  12/29/22 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa raised the MVP trophy over his head as confetti fluttered around him and could only think, not of his near-flawless dominance in the Bronx, but of the words of his Maryland coach. The best is ahead. Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes of 70 and 32 yards to Darryl Jones, Tarheeb Still returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, and the sudden scores sparked Maryland to a 54-10 rout of Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday.

The game belonged to Tagovailoa, an Alabama transfer and the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He was 20 of 24 for 265 yards, and the two TD passes brought his season total to 26, which tied Maryland's single-season record. "I hope it quiets some of the critics and he gets some of the respect he deserves as a quarterback," coach Mike Locksley said. "We wouldn't be in this situation we're in with a winning season without Taulia." Locksley preached patience in the form of his mantra, the best is ahead. Tagovailoa, who had already announced he would return to the Terps next season, showed enough flashes of greatness in New York to hint the future may be bright. The game's MVP, Tagovailoa helped the Terrapins (7-6) get the better of the Hokies at Yankee Stadium - and even on TV. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  12/11/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Taulia Tagovailoa,...Tagovailoa posted the greatest statistical season of any quarterback in Maryland history, setting the Terrapin single-season records for both passing yards (3,595) and completions (308). The junior completed 68.4 percent of his passes and threw for 24 touchdowns. Tagovailoa ranks Top Three in the Big Ten in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, completions, total offense (302.8) and 300-yard passing games (7). He boasts seven of the Top 30 passing games in the Big Ten this season. - Maryland Football

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  11/27/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland earned its first bowl berth since 2016 as record-setting quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns and ran for another in a 40-16 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Halfback Tayon Fleet-Davis also had a big-day with a bowl-bid on the line, rushing for a career-best 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Terps (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) rolled up 575 yards in total offense. Fleet-Davis scored on runs of 13 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa had touchdown passes of 25 and 11 yards to Corey Dyches and 38 yards to Brian Cobbs in getting the Terps bowl eligible. He also tallied on a 10-yard run as Maryland opened a 20-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

Rutgers (5-7, 2-7) was seeking its first bowl berth since 2014. Tagovailoa finished 21 of 30 for 312 yards. The yardage gave him 3,595 yards, breaking the Terps’ single-season record of 3,499 set by Scott Milanovich in 1993. After taking the final snap, Tagovailoa chest bumped with receiver Rakim Jarrett, who had seven catches for 111 yards. They then posed for a team photograph in front the goalposts. The Scarlet Knights got second-half touchdown runs of 1 yard from Johnny Langan and 3 yards from Aaron Young.. Kessawn Abraham returned a blocked PAT attempt 85 yards for the other two points. Maryland’s defense stopped Rutgers twice on downs inside its 3-yard line, once in each half. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  10/30/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and Maryland snapped its three-game losing streak with a 38-35 victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Terrapins (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) trailed 17-14 after a 66-yard touchdown run by Indiana's Stephen Carr in the third, but Maryland answered with two touchdown drives before the quarter was over. Challen Faamatau put the Terps ahead with a 1-yard scoring run, and then Tagovailoa connected with Carlos Carriere for a 14-yard touchdown that made it 28-17. Tagovailoa's second TD pass came in the final quarter on a 45-yard catch-and-run by Carriere. Then Donaven McCulley threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Hendershot for the Hoosiers (2-6, 0-5), and a 2-point conversion made it 35-28. Joseph Petrino made a 41-yard field goal with 1:20 remaining to make it a 10-point game. McCulley's 8-yard touchdown pass to Hendershot made it 38-35 with 1:00 to play, but Maryland recovered the ensuing onside kick. Tagovailoa and the Terrapins won their first four games this season before blowout losses to Iowa and Ohio State and a road defeat against Minnesota. They got back on track in their homecoming game against the struggling Hoosiers. - Maryland/AP College Football

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  09/25/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  After his unbeaten team won without playing its best, Maryland coach Michael Locksley kept his focus on the big picture. "We haven't played to the standard, but I definitely want to give our team credit that we're sitting here at 4-0 and we're disappointed," he said. "That means that we're heading in the right direction. We've got a locker room full of guys that are happy we won, but not happy with the way we played." Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns, and Maryland beat Kent State 37-16 on Saturday. The Terrapins have won their first four games for the first time since 2016, and their solid start has added intrigue to upcoming matchups against Iowa and Ohio State.

Maryland wasn't necessarily dominant against Kent State, but the Terps stiffened on defense when they needed to. The Golden Flashes (1-3) had the ball in Maryland territory on seven of their first eight possessions, but they managed only nine points on those drives. Tagovailoa, meanwhile, took everything the Kent State defense gave him, repeatedly finding open receivers in another sharp performance. He went 31 for 41, essentially matching his 75.5% completion percentage coming into the game. Tagovailoa was intercepted for the first time this season when Rakim Jarrett couldn't handle his pass in the first quarter. The Golden Flashes took a 3-0 lead, but the Maryland quarterback answered quickly with a 33-yard scoring pass to Dontay Demus. - Maryland/AP College Football


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  09/03/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  For Taulia Tagovailoa, high expectations come with the territory. His position alone - starting quarterback for a Big Ten team - almost assures it. Throw in his famous last name and a resume that includes a stop at Alabama, and there's scrutiny that other players simply don't face. "Just from being a quarterback there's going to be a lot of expectations, a lot of pressure and stuff like that," Tagovailoa said. "I guess throughout the years I learned to manage that." After his first season at Maryland was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Tagovailoa is ready to lead the Terrapins on Saturday in their 2021 opener against West Virginia.

The brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Taulia still has a lot to prove, but he showed potential in last year's abbreviated season. In four games with the Terps, Tagovailoa averaged 253 yards passing per game, trailing only Michael Penix Jr. and Justin Fields in the Big Ten. He also completed 61.5% of his passes. "I take a lot of pride in being the leader of this football team," Tagovailoa said. "It comes with a lot of pressure, a lot of responsibility but - wouldn't have it no other way." The last time Maryland had a winning season was in 2014. That was also the last time the same quarterback started every game for the Terrapins. Tagovailoa didn't quite do that last season. - Washington Post


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  08/15/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Tagovailoa led the conference in yards per completion (13.5), ranked second in passing efficiency (138.5) and yards per attempt (8.3), and finished third in total offense (263.8), but his decision-making at times proved costly, leading to seven interceptions. So the night before camp opened, Tagovailoa, following the program's player-first philosophy, requested to speak alone with his teammates, no coaches allowed. His remarks included the importance of sacrificing for one another and putting in as much extra work as possible. "Like Coach preaches all the time, no BCEs," Tagovailoa said, using the acronym for what Locksley calls "no b----ing, complaining or excuses." "Just working every day, so I look at my part as being a leader but also showing it. I feel like I'm less of a talker, but I do have to step into that role of being more vocal."

The players-only meeting was just one instance of Tagovailoa trying to elevate camaraderie. He also spoke exclusively with his wide receivers in another gathering, underscoring the importance of communication in the huddle. The Terrapins were second in the Big Ten last year in passing offense (264 yards per game) even with one of their top wide receivers, Jeshaun Jones, working his way back from an ACL injury. The junior played four games after missing all of 2019. - Washington Post


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  07/21/21 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  The University of Maryland announced Monday that junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was named to the 85th annual Maxwell Award watch list. The award is given to the top player in the FBS regardless of position. Tagovailoa is the first Terp since former running back Anthony McFarland in 2019and first Maryland quarterback since Danny O'Brien in 2011 to make the Maxwell Award watch list. Tagovailoa appeared in four games for the Terps during the 2020 season, throwing for 1,011 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, led the Big Ten with 13.48 yards per completion. - Baltimore Sun

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  12/11/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  After spending a year at Alabama, Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, transferred to Maryland and has gone through some ups and downs this season. He's 75-of-122 for 1,011 yards and seven touchdowns, and he's also thrown seven interceptions. Tagovailoa is third in the Big Ten in passing yards, but he also can be elusive with his feet. It'll be a challenge for Rutgers' defense. "I think the quarterback is dangerous," Schiano said. "He's dangerous but with his arm and with his feet. I think when he went into the portal, there was talk, 'How good is he?' Well, I can tell you, he's real good. He's a good passer. He's very good with his feet." - Asbury Park Press

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  11/29/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland (2-2) quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa actually didn't look rusty early, pushing multiple Maryland drives deep into IU territory to start. Indiana's defense did enough to stop him, grabbing a pair of interceptions before the intermission. But Tagovailoa still had 162 yards passing at half, though he'd completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes. The Hoosiers' game plan on that side of the ball developed slowly, soft coverage on the outside shifting as the game wore on. Pressure started to bother him in the second quarter and really ratcheted up in the third. At the same time, that soft coverage became tighter, forcing Tagovailoa to hold the ball longer than he should have. His third pick came after a sack made by good coverage got the Maryland sophomore jumpy enough to force a bad pass over the middle right to a waiting Micah McFadden. The Hoosiers scored off that interception to take a 27-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and salt the game away. - Indianapolis Star/News

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  11/07/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland coach Mike Locksley grew up rooting for the team he now coaches, so he's intimately aware of all the beatings the Terps have taken year after year from Penn State. Knowing that makes performances like the one Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps turned in during their 35-19 win over regional rival Penn State on Saturday all that more special. Tagovailoa competed 18 of 26 passes for 282 yards and three touchdown passes.

Rakim Jarrett caught five passes for 144 yards with a pair of touchdowns, Dontay Demus caught another and Jake Funk added 80 rushing yards and a score for the Terps (2-1, 2-1 Big Ten Conference), who won for just the third time in the 44-game series and first since 2015. "Great team win," Locksley said. "I'm just so happy for those players in that locker room. I'm happy for the former Terp football players that have endured us not playing competitively with (Penn State)." The Nittany Lions have outscored Maryland 163-6 over the last three meetings. Sean Clifford completed 27 of 57 passes for 340 yards with two interceptions and three touchdowns for Penn State, which fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2001. - AP College Football


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  11/05/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  The weekend was a successful one for the Tagovailoa family. Not only did Taulia become only the third player in the last 20 Big Ten seasons to post 350 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in a single game - for which he shared the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors with Ohio State junior quarterback Justin Fields - but older brother Tua also won in his first start as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

"Obviously happy for Tua," said Locksley, who coached him at Alabama. "It was a well-deserved opportunity for him and for him to do well, but even more excited for Lia in that he was able to play the way we thought he was capable of playing. Now the goal is to get that type of effort from him consistently, which we expect and will hopefully continue to see out of him. But I was definitely excited for Lia and excited for Tua to be able to get a start and get his first win in the NFL. So I was happy for both of those guys." - Baltimore Sun


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  11/03/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looked like a different player Friday night in his home debut. He bore no resemblance to the rattled sophomore who struggled last week in the Terps' opener, instead keeping his composure and proving, in a thrilling 45-44 win over Minnesota, he is more than just the younger brother of Tua. Tagovailoa led a stunning fourth-quarter rally, bringing the Terps back from a 17-point deficit to force overtime. In the extra period, his two-yard run (and Joseph Petrino's kick) gave Maryland a seven-point lead. The Golden Gophers scored on their first overtime possession, but Brock Walker's extra point floated wide right at Capital One Field, and the Terps had their first win - and Tagovailoa's first as the team's starting quarterback. "We showed a lot of grit, a lot of fight and a lot of perseverance to come off a loss like that and for our team to just continue to fight," Tagovailoa said. "… It just shows the type of team we have. Hopefully we can build on this."

Tagovailoa played with poise and precision in the game's decisive moment. He opened the Terps' overtime drive with a 12-yard pass to Jeshaun Jones, and he closed it with the scoring run, the fifth touchdown he accounted for on the evening. Tagovailoa completed 26 of 35 passes for 394 yards with three touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 59 yards and two scores. He had an interception in the second quarter on a tipped ball but navigated pressure with ease throughout the night, playing from behind for all but the final minutes of the second half. "Last week was more of a surprise for us than what we saw this week," Maryland Coach Michael Locksley said, "because these are the same type of plays and throws and energy he has brought to the table, which is why he earned the position. It was great to see him bounce back." - Baltimore Sun


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  11/02/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, So., QB, Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Thompson,...Became the third Big Ten player in the last 20 seasons to notch 350 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game as Maryland defeated Minnesota in overtime...Completed 26-of-35 passes for 394 yards, the 10th most single-game passing yards in school history and the most since Danny O'Brien passed for 417 yards against N.C. State in 2010...Added 59 rushing yards, including a 39-yard touchdown in the first quarter...Collects his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: Javon Leake (Oct. 29, 2018). - Big Ten football

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  10/30/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  A crazy, thrilling game ended abruptly in overtime when Minnesota's Brock Walker missed a conversion kick after a potential tying touchdown, giving Maryland a stunning 45-44 comeback victory Friday night. After the Terrapins rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa ran for a 2-yard touchdown and Joseph Peterino kicked the extra point to give the Terrapins - who came in as 19-point underdogs - a 45-38 lead. Minnesota answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Seth Green before Walker's extra-point try sailed wide right to end this Big Ten duel. Tagovailoa went 26 for 35 for 394 yards and three touchdowns in his second college start. He also ran for 59 yards and two scores to help the Terrapins (1-1) bounce back from a season-opening 43-3 loss to Northwestern. He became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Caleb Rowe against Virginia in 2013. - Maryland/AP College Football

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  10/28/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  The Maryland football team arrived back in College Park around 4 a.m. Sunday after a disappointing defeat at Northwestern. The loss already had marinated for a few hours on the bus and plane as the team traveled home. Some coaches slept at the team facility, and the players returned by noon Sunday for their daily novel coronavirus testing. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa began his work an hour earlier than required - watching the video from his Maryland debut that three times left him walking to the sideline after an interception. "We all have the responsibility of personally being accountable for what we put on tape and how we coach - players and coaches included," Coach Michael Locksley said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Lia took personal accountability for how he played on Saturday."

Locksley, a former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, meets with his quarterbacks the Sunday after games. Any loss brings urgency and some reassurance that another opportunity will come soon. For Tagovailoa, the next chance arrives Friday night against visiting Minnesota. Locksley said he is "100 percent" committed to Tagovailoa as Maryland's starter. The sophomore's performance at Northwestern - 14-for-25 passing for 94 yards with three interceptions in a 43-3 loss - could be remembered as merely one bad showing, albeit the Terrapins' worst defeat in an opener since 1892, the team's inaugural season. If Tagovailoa becomes the Terps' long-awaited stable quarterback, that game could become one of more than 30. "We're going to watch film and watch the mistakes," Tagovailoa said after the season opener. "I have full faith in Coach Locks and our whole team that we're going to come back better from this." - Washington Post


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  08/08/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa has been granted an NCAA waiver to play this fall for Maryland, a source confirmed to AL.com. Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphin QB Tua Tagovailoa, left the Alabama program in May. Without the NCAA waiver granting him immediate eligibility, Tagovailoa would have had to sit out this season and use his redshirt. ESPN first reported the news. Taulia Tagovailoa appeared in five games for the Crimson Tide in 2019, throwing for one touchdown and 100 total yards. The 5-foot-11 quarterback was a four-star recruit out of Thompson High School and threw for 3,726 yards and 35 touchdowns his senior season. After landing the younger Tagovailoa as a transfer in May, Maryland head coach Mike Locksley told AL.com "his accuracy is really what kind of jumps out to me as a passer." - Birmingham News

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  05/17/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  A week before he informed Mike Locksley of his decision to transfer to Maryland, Taulia Tagovailoa had to make a more difficult phone call to a different head coach. Nick Saban. It's rarely easy to tell a coach you've decided to transfer. That's especially true when your family has the kind of history the Tagovailoas have with Saban and Alabama. So why is Taulia moving on? It comes down, at least partly, to opportunity. "It's really tough and it's nothing against Alabama," Galu Tagovailoa, Taulia's father, told AL.com. "But my boys are competitive and Lia is such a competitive kid. And he wanted an opportunity to compete. He was told that he was going to come in and compete and he didn't really get that opportunity, so he wanted to use the spring to do that. But with the COVID-19 thing going on, he didn't really have the opportunity to compete. He's a competitor. He likes to work. He likes to compete on the field. And just, going into the season this year, he just felt that he wasn't given that opportunity and he wants to take it somewhere where they're going to give him the opportunity to make the best of his skill set."

While Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman at Alabama last season, it was strictly during mop-up time. That was the case even after his brother, star QB Tua Tagovailoa, sustained a season-ending hip injury in mid-November. With Tua out, Mac Jones took over as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback and is the current favorite to win Alabama's starting QB job entering this year. All of that factored into the transfer decision for Taulia. - Birmingham News


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  05/16/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  It was last Friday at about 6 p.m. that Taulia Tagovailoa entered the NCAA transfer portal. Exactly one week later, the former Alabama quarterback and younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa has decided on his new team. The family's relationship with Maryland head coach Mike Locksley surely played a significant role in the decision. Locksley was Alabama's offensive coordinator when Tua was a Heisman finalist in 2018. Now, Locksley will get a chance to work with Tua's younger brother, a former four-star recruit who had been set to compete for the Tide's starting quarterback job before deciding to transfer. Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman last season and ended the year as Mac Jones' backup at quarterback after Tua suffered his season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State. - Birmingham News

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  05/16/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  Mike Locksley was in the middle of his Instagram Live show Friday night, somewhere around the point that he was interviewing Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken, when his phone started buzzing. Over and over again. Finally, after finishing the show and seeing his 75 new text messages, the Maryland head coach realized what happened. Taulia Tagovailoa, the former Alabama quarterback and younger brother of former Crimson Tide star QB Tua Tagovailoa, had announced on Twitter he was transferring to Maryland. It's an announcement - a massive piece of news for Locksley and Maryland - that came as a surprise to many in the college football world. Including Locksley.

"As I'm in the middle of the show, which starts at 7 o'clock Eastern time here, I just know my phone started blowing up and buzzing and buzzing and buzzing," Locksley, who was Tua's offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2018, told AL.com. "So I looked down and saw I had a missed call from an 808 (Hawaii) number. And then I was finishing my show and by the time I finished the show, probably around 7:35 or 7:40, my phone had just blown up that Taulia had said he was coming to Maryland. So I called him back and he said, 'Hey Coach, as a family we've prayed about it and I'm coming to Maryland." While he expects Taulia to have to redshirt this season, the former four-star recruit will then have three years of eligibility remaining for the Terps. - Birmingham News


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  05/09/20 - QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024, Maryland, 5-10, 200 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  One Tagovailoa left the Alabama program earlier this year. Now, another one is leaving, too. Sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of former Crimson Tide star QB Tua Tagovailoa, entered the NCAA transfer portal Friday, AL.com has learned. Prior to spring practice being canceled, Taulia had been set to compete with Mac Jones and five-star freshman Bryce Young for the starting quarterback job that was opened up by his brother's decision to depart Alabama for the NFL. Instead, it will now just be Jones and Young competing for the job. A former four-star recruit, Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman last season and ended the year as Jones' backup at quarterback after Tua suffered his season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State. Taulia's most extensive action came during mop-up time of the Tide's win over Arkansas and during the team's blowout win over Western Carolina. - Birmingham News

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