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New Injury Update For Alabama Star QB Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa and the health of his ankle is arguably the biggest storyline in college football heading into tonight's College Football Playoff games. Here's the latest on the status of Alabama's star quarterback.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up had a minor procedure on his ankle to speed up the recovery process of his high ankle sprain.

Tagovailoa was pretty limited at the start of his month, but has been making good progress with his rehab. That rehab has reportedly taken place almost 24/7, with Tagovailoa even having work done on his ankle while in class, taking finals.

ESPN college football reporter Maria Taylor gave a final update on Tagovailoa's status during an appearance on SportsCenter this morning. It's a good one.

"The last 48 hours have been very restful for Tua," Taylor reports.

Taylor added that Tua last told her that his ankle was at about "85 percent," but it should be even better by game time.

"The last time I checked in, he was at about 85 percent and I'm sure he feels even better now," Taylor reports.

Alabama has a decent backup plan in case of an injury to Tagovailoa, with Jalen Hurts ready to go if something happens.

The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. at the Orange Bowl in South Florida.

The game will be on ESPN.