The decision is in: Tua Tagovailoa announces his plans for the 2020 season
After much thought and prayer, Tua Tagovailoa has made his decision — he’s leaving school early for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Alabama held a press conference to announce the decision on Monday, which was attended by Nick Saban.
During his three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Tagovailoa completed 69.3 percent of his passes and threw for 7,442 yards and 87 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 340 yards and nine touchdowns. Tagovailoa was also the runner-up in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting.
The Crimson Tide have a record of 23-2 in games started by Tagovailoa during his Alabama career. His biggest moment, however, came off the bench as Tua replaced Jalen Hurts in the lineup during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Georgia to end the 2017 season. In that appearance, Tagovailoa threw arguably the most memorable pass in Alabama history, the walk-off touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith to win the national championship in overtime.
Tagovailoa joins a growing list of Alabama players leaving school early for the 2020 NFL Draft as receiver Jerry Jeudy, right tackle Jedrick Wills and safety Xavier McKinney have all declared early. Receiver Henry Ruggs and running back Najee Harris are also expected to do the same.
The only issue moving forward for Tagovailoa now is continuing his rehab after suffering his tough hip injury. Had he not suffered that injury, he likely would enter the offseason battling Joe Burrow for the right to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With this news, the Crimson Tide will likely have an open competition for the program’s next starting signal-caller with Mac Jones, Tua’s younger brother, Taulia Tagovailoa, redshirt freshman Paul Tyson and true freshman Bryce Young set to compete for the spot heading into spring practice.