Tua Tagovailoa went down with a high ankle sprain during Alabama football’s SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Tagovailoa was having the worst game of his season, and Jalen Hurts came in and brought the team back to capture the conference crown.
With the win, Alabama secured its spot in the College Football Playoff.
Tagovailoa was the Heisman favorite up until the game with Georgia, and it sounds like there is little doubt that he’ll be back under center for a dual with his main competition for the sport’s top award: Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
A high ankle sprain can be a tough nagging injury. However, Nick Saban is optimistic about his sophomore quarterback’s status.
Today, Nick Saban discussed Tua Tagovailoa’s recovery from the ankle injury.
He expects Tua to be ready to go in about two weeks. The Orange Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma is over three weeks away.
From 247’s Charlie Potter:
Saban on Tua Tagovailoa's ankle: "I think Tua's right on schedule. The procedure they did usually takes two weeks for a guy to have explosive movement. … We're pleased with the progress he's made to this point."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) December 6, 2018
Obviously hang-ups happen, and there is no guarantee that Tua will be 100-percent when he returns. Of course, it is hard to have a better Plan B if he isn’t right.
Jalen Hurts led his team to the national championship in 2016 and 2017, and was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.