Tua Tagovailoa Watch: Alabama Quarterback Practicing, but Limited
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was doing more during the media viewing period of Wednesday's practice, but that's not saying much.
He was taking snaps and throwing, but going through everything at a much slower speed than the other quarterbacks. Between drills, when the players had to move around, he walked while everyone else was jogging or running.
On Tuesday, Tagovailoa didn't even touch a ball while standing to the side as the other quarterbacks went through individual drills. He's coming off Oct. 20 surgery to help a high-ankle sprain heal.
Alabama was in full pads outside even though it was only 48 degrees outside as the sun began to set.
The forecast for Starkville on Saturday is sunny and high of 53 degrees. Kickoff against Mississippi State is slated for 11 a.m. (ESPN).
"Well, it’s obviously always a very physical game when we play Mississippi State this time of year," Saban said during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference with reporters Wednesday morning. "It’s very important that players can stay focused and do a good job in preparation and attention to detail.
"It’s always difficult to bounce back after a disappointment, but I think there’s a lot of lessons to be learned in that and hopefully we can improve because of it."
Earlier Wednesday, Nick Saban said Tagovailoa was dealing with soreness and would likely be a game-time decision. Like last week against LSU, the Crimson Tide is getting redshirt sophomore quarterback Mac Jones ready to go.
The coach will hold his final press conference prior to the game later this evening.
[Note: In the accompanying video, Tagovailoa is throwing in the background.]
Also of note from practice, linebacker Ale Kaho is longer playing with cast to protect his fractured hand.
"These guys are very aggressive," Saban added about the Bulldogs. "They’ve got a great runner. Their defense creates a lot of problems. So it’s going to be a challenge for us, no doubt."