From Tua to two-headed QB: Boldest college coaching moves ever

Kenny Tucker
January 13, 2018

Jalen Hurts completed the winning touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds left in the game to complete a thrilling 31-24 come-from-behind win over Mississippi State. I came up with, 'And the Crimson Tide rolled up onto South Beach bringing with it national championship No. 15. I've been a part of a team for a long time. It is tempting to wonder, in the days after one of the more startling finishes to a college football season in living memory, whether he might want to seek challenges outside of the college game.

Alabama's new starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, has taken to Twitter to post a strong message about the man he replaced under center, Jalen Hurts.

"I don't know how Coach Saban found me all the way in Hawaii from Alabama".

Religion, Tagovailoa said, is an important aspect of his life, and he added that faith contributes to the remarkably calm demeanor he displayed in the hectic final moments of Monday's game. It appears, and I'm no expert, that Tagovailoa's habits didn't just start when he got to Alabama.

With the emergence of freshmen signal callers Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Jake Fromm of the Georgia Bulldogs and Keytaon Thompson of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, those teams won't be too concerned about that position in the future. Fitzgerald is a proven leader and, if healthy, will have the experience and ability to be the player that lines up behind center in the first game of 2018. We got the first down or scored a touchdown. Meyer has three. Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher each have one.

The Tide remained determined and steadily began erasing the deficit. And it wouldn't have happened without this special true freshman quarterback who showed just how special he is Monday night during this wild 26-23 overtime win over Georgia. Facing a fourth-and-four, Saban chose to gamble and go for it with 3:56 left.

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Tagovailoa's roommate, freshman running back Najee Harris, was a big part of the second half comeback.

More history: The last time he was in the National Football League, his Miami Dolphins went 15-17 during a tumultuous tenure in which he said he wouldn't be leaving for Alabama - until he did. "But we were able to pull it out, so Roll Tide". I know people are going to go that's hyperbole...

"No matter what receiver they threw it to, anybody would have made that play", Smith said.

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 amusing thing is if this second half doesn't flip like this, and Alabama moving the ball doesn't change it, people that really know what's going on will tell you that Tua was leaving".

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