The latest Manning Passing Academy started Thursday from the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux, LA., with nine Southeastern Conference quarterbacks scheduled to attend the event. Unfortunately, the biggest name among those nine won’t be in attendance, as previously scheduled.

Word from the Manning Passing Academy is that Tua Tagovailoa won’t make it to the event due to a “tweaked hamstring” according to Ed Daniels, the Sports Director of ABC26 WGNO and Julie Boudwin, formerly of

This is an unfortunate revelation for the organizers of the Manning Passing Academy and has to be of some concern to Alabama fans as Tagovailoa has now experienced a growing list of injuries over the last calendar year. Alabama’s starting quarterback has now had issues ranging from his throwing hand, to one of his knees to on his feet in a span of fewer than 12 months.

With Jalen Hurts now off to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, the Crimson Tide won’t have the luxury of inserting a proven quarterback should Tagovailoa need to sit out any time this coming season. While injuries are impossible to predict, this latest news has to be at least somewhat settling for Alabama given the quarterbacks behind Tua on the depth chart lack any meaningful experience.

While Tagovailoa may be out for the event, the SEC will still be represented at the Manning Passing Academy by Jake Bentley (South Carolina), Kelly Bryant (Missouri), Joe Burrow (LSU), Matt Corral (Ole Miss), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee), Ben Hicks (Arkansas) and Tommy Stevens (Mississippi State).