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Alabama Insider Has New Update On QB Tua Tagovailoa

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa and No. 1 Alabama have arrived at the Orange Bowl for tonight's College Football Playoff semifinal contest against No. 4 Oklahoma.

All eyes early in the game will be on Tagovailoa and his ankle. The Crimson Tide's star quarterback suffered an ankle injury in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia and had to have a minor procedure.

Tagovailoa has told reporters that his ankle was at about "85 percent" this week in anticipation of tonight's game.

A college football insider has a promising update on Tua's status.

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman says that an Alabama staffer told him that Tagovailoa had looked closer to "100 percent" during practice this week.

"Tua Tagovailoa had said the other day that his injured ankle was 80-85 percent. I asked an Alabama staffer about how Tua’s looked at practice this week. 'Nah, he's looking back to 100 percent the way he was moving around out there,'" Feldman tweeted.

Tagovailoa will start behind center for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide could go to backup Jalen Hurts if there are any issues.

Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.

The game will be on ESPN.