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Kirk Herbstreit Reacts To Nick Saban Playing Tua Tagovailoa

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The college football world was rocked yesterday when Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury late in the first half against Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide had a commanding lead when the injury occurred.

After the game, many criticized Alabama head coach Nick Saban for keeping Tagovailoa, who previously missed time this season with an ankle injury, in a non-competitive game. Saban explained that he was planning on removing his quarterback for the afternoon after he completed that series in the two-minute drill.

Unfortunately, Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip, ending his season and college career.

Last night, ESPN's Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Chris "The Bear" Fallica discussed Tagovailoa's injury in depth during an Instagram video.

Herbstreit tried to balance out his own feelings that Tagovailoa shouldn't have played at all yesterday with Saban's thinking on the matter.

"Now, there’s the way we all think on the outside, ‘Why do you need him against Mississippi State? You have an FCS opponent the following week.’ It gives Tua two weeks off of LSU to get ready for the Iron Bowl," Herbstreit said."That’s outside thinking. But talking to Barrett Jones tonight, who may be one of the most decorated players in the history of Alabama football, he reminded me, ‘Coach doesn’t really look at things like it’s Mississippi State, you're good, just take the week off. He sees things like doctors cleared you, it’s a faceless opponent, let’s go out and execute.’ That’s how he sees things from his era.

“This might be a time where he might reflect on, ‘Maybe I need to look at things and treat a guy like Tua differently than the way I’ve always treated my players.’ This is first guessing for me. I don’t know why Tua was on the field to begin with.”

Fowler also stated that he felt like Tagovailoa should not have played. Expect this to be a hot topic of discussion in the coming days and weeks.

Unfortunately, Tua got hurt and we were robbed of a few more chances to see one of the most gifted players in college football. Hopefully, this injury is not career-threatening though, and Tagovailoa will ultimately be able to pursue his NFL career in 2020.