Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa praised fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts for sticking with the Crimson Tide, regardless of an attention-grabbing quarterback scenario that unfolded this season.
Tagovailoa was tabbed because the starter for the 2018 season after he took over for then-starting quarterback Hurts throughout halftime of the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship recreation in opposition to Georgia. Hurts had been Alabama’s starter in the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“(It’s a) testomony to Jalen’s arduous work he’s put within the offseason,” Tagovailoa stated Thursday on the college football year-end awards after profitable the Maxwell Award. “To character — it reveals the form of character he has, together with his religion as nicely. The form of background he comes from together with his household assist. I feel it’s one thing very particular for him to have stayed, and I positively assume he deserves every thing that’s coming his approach proper now.
“I feel it’s a much bigger testomony to how he was raised, together with his household, how they raised him. I feel they’ve executed an incredible job with that. Jalen’s an all-around nice individual. He’s an excellent scholar, and on the sector, he’s simply an excellent supporter to me and Mac Jones as nicely. Mac Jones is a good supporter of us. However , simply an all-around nice individual.”
Alabama discovered itself in an eerily comparable scenario because the nationwide championship recreation when Tagovailoa went down with a sprained ankle in the course of the SEC championship recreation final weekend. Hurts stepped in and rallied the Crimson Tide to a 35-28 victory over Georgia.
Tagovailoa had surgical procedure Sunday and is anticipated to be again with the staff and training inside two weeks, which suggests he may play within the Orange Bowl, based on The Athletic.
“You’ll be able to take a look at it in two methods. You’ll be able to take a look at it in a optimistic approach, the place OK, that is one thing that I’ve handled. How am I going to go about doing issues now? Or you’ll be able to take a look at it as, dang, I’m simply gonna hold getting injured,” Tagovailoa stated of his damage. “There’s both a optimistic or a unfavorable, and I attempt to have a look at the optimistic aspect of it.
“If it was meant for me to get harm, it was meant for me to get harm. I don’t know. I don’t understand how life works. That’s simply the way it works typically. That’s simply how the ball rolls. We’re handled adversity typically, and it’s simply the way you reply.”
High-ranked Alabama will face Oklahoma on Dec. 29 with kickoff scheduled for eight p.m. ET.