Tua Tagovailoa discusses injury, NFL Draft with Kirk Herbstreit for 'GameDay' feature
With the college football regular season over, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has been talking to members of the media. For ESPN’s “College GameDay,” Tagovailoa sat down for an interview with Kirk Herbstreit.
The interview opens with Herbstreit finding out what Tagovailoa remembers from his season-ending injury in the Mississippi State game. Luckily for Tagovailoa, he doesn’t remember much from the painful experience. He knows it was a tough experience for his family to watch him in that situation.
The focus then shifts to rehab. In Tagovailoa’s Iron Bowl interview with CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl, he was unable to offer any details of his rehab beyond “no weight-bearing for six weeks.” With Herbstreit, he was able to discuss the next step.
“They say right after that, I can start walking with the walker. After three months, I should be able to get back into doing a lot of physical activity,” Tagovailoa said while motioning lifting weights. “I’m just trying to walk first.”
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Tagovailoa has been open throughout the week in what he’s weighing regarding his big NFL Draft decision. Similar to what he told local media members, Tagovailoa tells Herbstreit that he sees pros and cons to either staying at Alabama or declaring for the draft. He worries about getting hurt again if he stays, but notes that he might emerge higher on teams’ draft boards in 2021. As for 2020, he’s trying to figure out where he might be drafted if he declares early (and the financial impact of being drafted lower than if he were healthy).
Check out the full interview below:
Kirk Herbstreit sits down with Tua Tagovailoa to talk about his injury and the risk/reward of declaring for the NFL Draft.
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 7, 2019