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ESPN Reveals What Tua Tagovailoa Has To Do Before Playing Oklahoma

Tua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa is going to play against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff this evening, but Alabama's star quarterback probably isn't going to be at 100 percent.

The Crimson Tide's star quarterback said earlier this week that he was at about "85 percent" health with his ankle. That percentage should increase as we approach kickoff this evening, but he still might not get to 100 percent.

Alabama is doing everything it can to get Tagovailoa as healthy as possible, though.

ESPN college football reporter Maria Taylor revealed this morning that Tagovailoa will be going through three treatment sessions on his ankle before Alabama leaves for the Orange Bowl stadium.

So, it's going to be a long day for Tagovailoa, but he's reportedly been able to get a lot of rest over the lsat 48 hours.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier in the week that he was feeling confident about Tua's status.

“Tua has had a good week this week. He’s done things in practice that make you feel as though he doesn’t have lingering issues. He’s been able to move around in the pocket. He’s been able to throw the ball in the run. Last week when we were practicing back in Tuscaloosa, there were signs that maybe he wasn’t a hundred percent, but it seems like this week he’s getting closer and closer to that,” Saban said.

Tagovailoa spoke highly about his ankle surgery and Alabama's training staff, too.

“It was done so that I would be able to come back and get the opportunity to play in the playoff. I think our doctors have done a tremendous job, and our athletic training staff has done a tremendous job of helping me rehab and getting to
this point,” Tagovailoa said.

We're now less than 12 hours away from kickoff.

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

The game will be on ESPN.