Tua Tagovailoa is on track to become an early selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Alabama quarterback still has a few adjustments to make to his game.
Last season, the dual-threat quarterback nearly won the Heisman Trophy in his first season as the starter. He finished the year with 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Although Tagovailoa doesn’t have many flaws, head coach Nick Saban does want him to improve in a particular area.
During an interview with NFL Network host Andrew Siciliano, Saban offered his constructive criticism to Tagovailoa.
“I think when you get out of that and you start to be a little more outcome-oriented, worrying about the result rather than staying with the process and taking what they give you, I think you put yourself at risk to make mistakes, and I think Tua did that a little bit down the stretch. I think he learned from that, and I think we want him to be the guy that just makes the decisions that he needs to make to make good plays down in and down out and not try to force plays downfield and make big plays,” Saban said.
Here is the full clip from Saban’s interview with Siciliano:
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) May 2, 2019
Saban did admit that he thought Tagovailoa was almost perfect with his execution in the team’s first seven games.
Alabama will be among the heavy favorites to make the College Football Playoff. While the Crimson Tide have plenty of firepower, the majority of pressure falls on Tagovailoa and his development under center.