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  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 "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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