Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa updates his health ahead of CFP semifinal against Oklahoma
In the middle of a wild Early Signing Period, Tua Tagovailoa dropped what could be the biggest college football news of the week.
Alabama’s sophomore quarterback told reporters Wednesday that he’ll “probably be 100 percent” for the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl.
Tua Tagovailoa says, "I'll probably be 100 percent by the time the game comes." Alabama's star QB had been recovering from a high-ankle sprain. pic.twitter.com/N3f1oKou3R
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 19, 2018
Though he participated in a few drills during the team’s first bowl practice last Friday, there was still a bit of uncertainty surrounding Tagovailoa after he underwent surgery for a high ankle sprain he suffered in the SEC Championship Game. But it looks like the Heisman Trophy runner-up will be ready to go when the No. 1 Crimson Tide takes the field Dec. 29.
It’s certainly a good sign for Tagovailoa, who appeared to be dealing with a lingering knee injury even before going down for good against Georgia. Backup quarterback and 2016-17 starter Jalen Hurts was able to lead a brilliant comeback in his absence, but Tagovailoa earned the starting job and nearly won the Heisman for a reason.