Alabama's top dual-threat QB signee reveals his jersey number
Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa has settled on a jersey number, and he’s apparently not superstitious.
As an early enrollee, Tagovailoa is already on campus in Tuscaloosa and working with the football team. Crimson Tide fans will get their first good look at the former 5-star recruit at A-Day, which is set for April 22.
The big question will be whether No. 13 gets to face a defense other than Alabama’s in 2017. Returning QB Jalen Hurts led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated regular season, SEC title and national championship game appearance as a true freshman. With only one year of separation between Hurts and Tagovailoa, Alabama coaches may want to redshirt the newcomer.
Even if Tagovailoa redshirts, Tide coaches will likely have him ready to step in at any time. When it became clear that Hurts was UA’s No. 1 quarterback for the foreseeable future, all three 2016 backups – Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell – opted to transfer and finish their careers elsewhere.
Alabama signed two quarterbacks in 2017, Tagovailoa and 4-star pro-style prospect Mac Jones.