WATCH: Tua Tagovailoa nothing but class when asked about Jalen Hurts' heroics
As expected, the immediate on-field reaction from Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa was very complimentary of backup QB Jalen Hurts, who led Alabama to a come-from-behind win over Georgia to take the SEC Championship.
“You guys have seen Jalen do this numerous of times,” Tagovailoa told CBS-42. “For him to get his opportunity again, I am happy for him, and the team is happy for him as well. For him to step in and do what he did.”
Even before the apparent ankle injury that Tagovailoa suffered, which led to Hurts coming into the game, the Alabama quarterback, and offense in general, struggled.
Asked about how he’s feeling, Tagovailoa only said, “I’ve got to get better.”
He finished 10-for-25 passing for 164 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also had three rushes for a negative 21 yards. Part of the problem was the offense appeared out of sync, and there were several dropped passes.
“Every one knew we had to get things right,” Tagovailoa said. “We had a lot of miscommunication with things up in the front, and then you know we had dropped balls. We just need we had to come back in the second half and execute all those.”
For the upcoming College Football Playoff, Tagovailoa simply said that Alabama players need to get healthier and continue to improve.
“For him to get his opportunity tonight, I’m happy for him.” – #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa on Jalen Hurts leading the Tide to the #SECChampiomship title.
Tua was nothing but class when I spoke with him one-on-one on the field. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/qO1wWfUUzG
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) December 2, 2018