Nick Saban Issues Major Injury Update For Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than two weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for the national title.There is still no official word on if Tua Tagovailoa will be able to play in that game. Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.While Tagovailoa hasn’t been declared a full-go for the matchup against the Sooners, today’s update from Nick Saban is an encouraging one.Saban called his sophomore signal caller “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.Nick Saban on Tua: “He’s doing well. I think he’s ahead of schedule.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 17, 2018If Tagovailoa can’t go, Jalen Hurts will fill in for him. As we saw against Georgia, that isn’t a bad thing at all. Hurts has plenty of experience and can hold his own in a spot like this.However, the Crimson Tide offense is at its best if Tagovailoa is at the helm. He is the better passer of the two, which allows Bama’s playmakers on the outside to take games over with the ball in their hands.We might not get a full update on Tagovailoa until right before game time, but it certainly appears he’s on the right track.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29. ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img