WATCH: Tua Tagovailoa practices for first time since high-ankle sprain
Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner up Tua Tagovailoa practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain against Georgia in the SEC Championship almost two weeks ago.
Beat writers from AL.com and BamaOnLine.com both recorded video of Tagovailoa practicing. He appeared to be moving normally on the field throughout Friday.
Watch both videos below:
— Travis Reier (@travisreier) December 14, 2018
Tagovailoa experienced a terrific first year as a starter, throwing for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions, and he did that while sitting out in multiple four quarters because Alabama had giant leads. But in the SEC Championship against Georgia, Tagovailoa really struggled, completing just 40 percent of his passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
He left the game during the fourth quarter with a leg injury and watched from the sideline as backup Jalen Hurts led the Crimson Tide to an incredible comeback. The championship performance was a major factor in the minds of Heisman voters. Tagovailoa finished second behind Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray for college’s most prestigious award.
Ironically, Tagovailoa and Murray will square off in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29 for the right to play in the National Championship.
As indicated in the videos, Tagovailoa appears well on his way to recovery, but if he can’t fully go, Hurts will be ready. He was 7-of-9 for 82 yards with a touchdown and the winning rushing score in the SEC Championship.