Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says knee fine, there's room for improvement

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There's prime time, and now there's apparently Tua time.

University of Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did a brief remote interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Monday night, with part being shown at halftime of the San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers game, and the entire interview shown after the game on SportsCenter.

Among the topics they discussed included him not having played in the fourth quarter yet and his health after suffering a sprained knee at Arkansas, and aggravating the injury against Missouri on Saturday.

“I’m fine," Tagovailoa said. " I got to go out to practice today. I’m a lot better, actually, than I was last week after the Arkansas game. I mean, it looked bad on the field. I just re-tweaked it, kind of. But we got some treatment after the game, following this morning leading up to practice today, so we’re a lot better. We’re much better.”

Van Pelt also asked about what Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley have had to correct with him after 21 touchdown passes and no interceptions

Tagovailoa resounded: “Well, there’s a lot of things that I haven’t done correctly."

Van Pelt: "Like what?"

"A lot of things during the Missouri game, I missed. And we can take an example, the fumble where I got sacked, the sack fumble. I had a wide-open guy coming across, he had a dig route, and I kind of held onto the ball too long. I couldn’t see, but it was one of those things where it was a timing route and my eyes were focused on the safety and I just didn’t go through my progressions good enough to find Henry (Ruggs III).

“It’s just little things like that, you know, and we set a standard for ourselves as an offense. And so, when we don’t accomplish it like we wanted to this past week against Missouri, those are things that our coaches look at that we can kind of better ourselves in.”