The health of Tua Tagovailoa is storyline No. 1 heading into this afternoon’s game between No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Tagovailoa, who’s recovering from an ankle injury, has practiced this week and is expected to play against the Tigers today. However, he’s officially being listed as a game-time decision.
ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow shared a positive update on Tagovailoa this morning.
“He’s going to be just fine. I had a chance to be with him (Friday) and he was warming up, throwing and looked really good,” Tebow said on SportsCenter on Saturday morning. “Yeah, when he’s sprinting and trying to dive for a first down, will he be a little hampered? Maybe. But he’s been practicing on it for two weeks. It makes it easier that it’s his right ankle and not his left ankle.
“If it was his left ankle, it would be his plant and push-off ankle. It would be more painful. But look for a key in this game to be the running back on his left side, so he can open up, fake and be ready to throw. If the running back is on his right side, he has to fake and then jump step to set up a throw. So look for the running back in the play-action and RPOs to be on his left to take some of that pressure off his ankle.”
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said on College GameDay this morning that he’s heard Tagovailoa is at about 90 percent health. We’ll see how much he misses that 10 percent against LSU’s elite athletes on defense.
Alabama and LSU are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.
The game will be on CBS.