HAWAII GROWN: Tua shines in spring game

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa attempted a pass behind his offensive line during the Crimson Tide's annual A Day spring game. Associated Press photo.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa attempted a pass behind his offensive line during the Crimson Tide’s annual A Day spring game. Associated Press photo.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is the clear-cut No. 2 quarterback on the Crimson Tide depth chart and made a case Saturday he’s looking to move up even higher.

Tagovailoa, the Saint Louis alum and reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year who enrolled early and could still be in high school if he chose to do so, wowed the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama’s annual A Day spring football game with touchdown passes on his first two drives.

Tagovailoa, who was 12-for-18 for 276 yards and three TDs in the first half, finished with 315 yards on 18-for-32 passing with one pick.


Sophomore Jalen Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide to an SEC title and the national championship game last season, was 16-for-35 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He led the team on a game-winning drive, aided by a targeting call on the defense, to the White 13-yard line, setting up a 30-yard field goal to win it for the Crimson, 27-24.


Hurts also ran for 70 yards on 17 carries while Tagovailoa was sacked four times and did not attempt a single run past the line of scrimmage.


The game was televised on ESPN.

Alabama opens its season Sept. 2 against Florida State.

Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, left, and Jalen Hurts talked between drills during a football scrimmage. Associated Press photo.
Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, left, and Jalen Hurts talked between drills during a football scrimmage. Associated Press photo.

COMMENTS

  1. C-Pop April 22, 2017 5:21 pm

    Excellent Spring game showing by Tua, threw all the different routes & made his reads scanning the field, he did not attempt to scramble instead focused on his reads and staying in the pocket, looked to me that he went into scrimmage with passing in pocket, moving as needed with eyes downfield. Liked what I saw with variety of passes completed, Deep, intermediate, under/flares for most part, huge potential displayed. His gunslinger mentality showed, good and not so good. Keep it going Tua!


  2. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate April 22, 2017 7:59 pm

    rep 808 sole, now someome pls tell me why ilh need to merge wit oia cuz it look like ilh athletes are doing amazing things in collelge and nfl even if they play in 3team league.


  3. TooMeke April 24, 2017 9:22 am

    Awesome! Hopefully he plays this year.


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