Tua Tagovailoa and his health status are one of the biggest storylines in the country heading into this year's College Football Playoff.
Alabama's star quarterback suffered an ankle injury during the SEC Championship Game victory over Georgia. He was forced to undergo a minor procedure in anticipation of the Orange Bowl game against Oklahoma.
Here's the latest on his status.
Tagovailoa opened up about his injury during an interview with ESPN's Maria Taylor.
How'd you know the ankle injury was bad?
"My body was telling me no. My body was telling me there’s no way. I wasn’t able to extend plays. I wasn’t able to move the same and I was basically a pocket passer. I’m glad Jalen (Hurts) had that opportunity and got to step in for us and make big things happen.
Wheeling you off to the locker room, what went through your mind?
“How long is this going to take for me to recover? I was looking at the recovery time.”
Has has rehabilitation been post-surgery?
"I’ve been hitting on all cylinders. I’ve had the opportunity to run some. I’ve been able to work on my footwork a little bit."
Alabama's head coach, Nick Saban, issued a promising update on Tagovailoa's status earlier in the week. It was good news.
"He can run. I don’t think he’s 100 percent change in direction yet, but he’s already going 100 percent on the gravity treadmill," Saban said earlier in the week. "So, he’s been able to practice, and he’s made really, really good progress, so we’re encouraged by that.”
Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Stay tuned for more updates on Tagovailoa.