Alabama’s backup QB Tua Tagovailoa is a true freshman adjusting to college life, but one fan has a unique concern about Tagovailoa’s transition.

A poster with the handle Chattown Tider on Bama OnLine’s message board inquired about a perceived language barrier in asking about Tagovailoa’s “transition to the states” and his communication. The poster also noted that the young QB did “point to receivers a couple of times,” and that may tip off defenses if it continues.

Here is the whole post that was shared on Twitter:


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Tagovailoa was a 5-star recruit from Honolulu, Hawaii which is indeed a part of the United States. It’s worth noting Hawaii does have two official languages (Hawaiian and English), but there is likely no language barrier involved in Tagovailoa’s transition.

Tagovailoa saw his first game action against Fresno State, and he demonstrated an ability to move the ball with the offense. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards and a TD.