Nick Saban, Alabama Will Be "Scary" With Tua Tagovailoa At Quarterback

Nick Saban has never had a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa – which is cause for concern for the rest of college football

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 7:45 am

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Nick Saban had a quarterback decision to make, and in the end, he settled on Tua Tagovailoa as his starter.

Alabama fans probably aren’t upset about that.

“After he threw that championship-winning touchdown in January against Georgia, you just saw (that he) was a next-level quarterback,” ESPN college football analyst Paul Carcaterra said on Taz & The Moose. “Jalen Hurts was struggling in the passing game. He’s a fantastic leader and 26-2 as a starter, but you got to look long-term.”

Alabama has a young crop of receivers, including sophomores Devonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs III, as well as freshman Jaylen Waddle. 

Tagovailoa, a true sophomore, finished 12-of-16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-14 win over Louisville on Saturday. He also ran for 26 yards and a score.

“He put on a show against Louisville,” Carcaterra said. “It was ridiculous. Louisville brought the house, too. They were sending pressure and blitzes in his face all the time.”

Tagovailoa handled it.

“I’m so impressed with his poise, his ability to check down to the second receiver,” Carcaterra said. “This kid is a special quarterback. You talk to quarterback people around the game, and they just say, ‘He has it.’ His progressions, his arm strength, his ability to read defenses is top notch.”

Saban has won six national titles by running the ball and playing lights-out defense. But now he has a stud playmaker at quarterback? Good luck, college football.

“I think it’s going to be scary,” Carcaterra said. “Saban has never had a quarterback like that. As good as Saban’s teams have been and the six national championships that he has, the highest-drafted quarterback at Alabama in the last 11 years is AJ McCarron in the fifth round. It’s not a football factory for quarterbacks, but I think Tua is going to change that.”

Alabama (1-0) hosts Arkansas State (1-0) this Saturday before a Week 3 showdown at Ole Miss (1-0) on Sept. 15.