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.