Tua Tagovailoa lifts Alabama to national title

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

Just as DeVonta Smith hauled in a 41-yard pass in overtime of the College Football Playoff national championship game to beat Georgia 26-23, Gold did his thing. They are so loaded they could bring in last year's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback off the bench with next to zero experience and he leads the team to the national championship.

Time and time again, Fromm found ways to get his team out of trouble. "He's got a bright future, and I wish him nothing but the best".

Arians was asked why the Giants in particular so intrigue Saban.

That precision and power coming out of Tagovailoa's left arm gave the coaching staff the confidence to sit Hurts, who was ineffective in the first half, and place their fortunes in hands of a freshman. Coach Saban is above criticism with everything he's accomplished, so I don't mean it that way, but I recruited Tua out of high school and knew what he could do and it doesn't surprise me that he did what he did.

One of the first national analysts to proclaim that Tagovailoa was a superior passer to Hurts, who was the 2016 SEC player of year, was former Super Bowl champion quarterback and Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer.

As you might expect, Tagovailoa has been receiving praise all week for his performance, but he hasn't forgotten who carried his team as far as he could and stepped aside when he had to.

In two seasons, Hurts has accumulated 6,670 yards offensively while being responsible for 61 touchdowns - ranking second all-time in school history behind AJ McCarron (80).

Tua Tagovailoa - the hero of Monday night's overtime win over Georgia - had grown frustrated by being stuck behind Jalen Hurts, according to Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin. Fitzgerald is a proven leader and, if healthy, will have the experience and ability to be the player that lines up behind center in the first game of 2018.

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Saban described the comeback win against Georgia on Monday, sparked by the entry of backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, as his happiest moment.

Despite not having the same spin on the football that Tagovailoa possesses, the freshman has been bothered by recent comments on the sophomore - concerning should Hurts transfer or switch to a different spot.

Kiffin repeated that he would have had Alabama throw the ball more than it did against Georgia.

With the Tide facing a second and 26, Gold - like many others - said he agreed with analyst Phil Savage that Alabama would try to get as much of the loss back as possible and settle for a field-goal attempt.

"Because they're the New York Giants", he said.

"It was a decision I don't know I would have been courageous enough to make".

"I could tell which side was the Alabama side", he said, as transcribed by ForTheWin.

With all due respect to the houndstooth-hat legend, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and the six national titles he won roaming the Alabama sideline, Saban has surpassed them all for the No. 1 mantle.

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