Marcus Mariota praises Alabama QB, fellow high school alum Tua Tagovailoa

  • Marcus Mariota praises Alabama QB, fellow high school alum Tua Tagovailoa

Marcus Mariota praises Alabama QB, fellow high school alum Tua Tagovailoa

Tagovailoa connected with DeVonta Smith on a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to lift Alabama to a 26-23 win over Georgia Monday night.

Saban has now won five national titles in his 11 years at Alabama, and his first season doesn't really count since he had to rebuild a program that had become a laughingstock under a string of mediocre coaches.

The Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has a certain way of looking at the throwing accuracy of quarterbacks.

Others have floated the possibility of Hurts making a move to another position like safety or running back, which could be better fits for him at the National Football League level. A few can even hit the doorknob.

Hurts echoed the sentiments of Tagovailoa in his response. The changes were immediate.

In short, Tagovailoa did with his strong arm and explosive mobility that provided a jolt of energy for the Alabama offense. But again, the Bulldogs couldn't convert and were forced to rely on a 27-yard field goal to push the lead to 6-0. Though a tie nearly certainly would've assured the Cornhuskers of the national title, Osborne opted to go for two (overtime didn't yet exist in college).

Tennessee will have to fight Alabama tooth and nail to land Tagovailoa.

"The kid is a stud", Mariota said of Tagovailoa.

When Rinaldi asked him what it felt like to be a national champion all Hurts could say was, "It's unbelievable". Fromm, like Tua Tagovailoa, is a Christ-follower, and both of these young men have been willing to stand on the biggest platform of college sports to give glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ. The thing that most impressed me was how coach-able he was.

Coach Nick Saban has already shown the nation that he's not anxious about pulling Hurts in favor of Tagovailoa in a big game.

"I couldn't sleep because, if I slept, I would have never woken up to come to this thing", he said. "But other than that, the people are very nice".

Saban pulled Jalen Hurts in favor of his lefty reliever to start the second half, and the rest is history. He prays before every drive begins, asking for inner peace. It was the first time Tagovailoa had played in a meaningful game for the Tide all season (he had served in mop up duty in various games this season), and he shined.

"There's a lot of emotions going on around here", Ledbetter said. He drove the Tide into field goal range.

The Crimson Tide brings home another championship trophy and the final moments of the game has everyone talking about the lefty from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa. With almost everyone wondering Pappanastos was up to a pressure-filled long kick, Alabama needed yards. An incumbent was back for the first time since AJ McCarron in 2013 and the two other scholarship players were true freshmen.

Tagovailoa had thrown it right in the keyhole.