Steve Sarkisian opens up about coaching Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa may have played his final game at Alabama.
It’s not a sure thing, as the Crimson Tide quarterback hasn’t officially declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. And after he suffered a season-ending hip injury, it’s possible his draft stock has taken a hit. So a return to Alabama could be more likely for Tagovailoa than it seemed a few months ago.
One person who would love to have Tagovailoa back with the Crimson Tide? Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who talked about the quarterback’s future during his Sunday press conference ahead of the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday.
“I’d like to coach him forever, but that’s the nature of our business,” Sarkisian told the media. “You recruit players. Players come in, you try to develop them as best you can, have a lot of team success and, ultimately, individual success so that then they can go on and move on in life and be successful humans, and then you bring in new people.
“So, like I said, he’s a fantastic human. And forget just No. 13 on the field. It’s who he is off the field that I think is probably more impressive.”
Whichever decision Tagovailoa ends up making, Sarkisian said he’s confident that the quarterback will have success.
“He’s so positive. He’s so upbeat. And that’s how he’s been throughout his rehab now. He’s in really good spirits,” Sarkisian told the media. “Wherever his future holds for him, this guy’s going to be successful in life. And I think, as coaches, that’s all you can ask for.”
Although Tagovailoa is out, Alabama will conclude its season against Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.