Tua Tagovailoa receives high praise from LSU defender following Saturday's game
Tua Tagovailoa may not have led Alabama to a win on Saturday, but he continued to impress and earn respect from those around him.
Among those people this weekend was LSU safety JaCoby Stevens, who had high praise for Tagovailoa after the Tigers’ 46-41 win in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Tua is a team player, man,” Stevens said, according to AL.com’s Michael Casagrande. “He had every reason to be selfish. He has every excuse in the world not to play this game and just prepare for the draft. But one thing Tua is going to do is Tua is going to come out and put on a show for his fans and he’s going to play his hardest for his team. That’s one thing … I respect the hell out of Tua for doing that.”
After missing a game following ankle surgery, Tagovailoa returned and passed for 418 yards and four touchdowns against LSU. It was the continuation of another impressive year for the Alabama quarterback, as he’s passed for 2,584 yards, 31 touchdowns and only three interceptions in eight games.
Although it wasn’t Tagovailoa’s most efficient game of the season — he completed a season-low 52.5 percent of his pass attempts — that was to be expected as the Crimson Tide quarterback wasn’t likely at 100 percent because of his ankle.
As long as Tagovailoa stays healthy, he should have a strong finish to what will likely be his final season at Alabama.
Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Mississippi State at noon ET on ESPN.