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Nick Saban: Freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa won’t redshirt, will see the field

Tua Tagovailoa Alabama spring game
Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

Nick Saban isn’t planning on keeping freshman phenom quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in bubble wrap for a season as a redshirt. Instead, Tagovailoa will be hitting the field, at least as a complementary player to sophomore Jalen Hurts.

“We have total faith and confidence in the quarterback that we have, but we want to develop every player on our team and Tua has a lot of potential,” Saban said on TV, according to SEC Country. “We want to continue to develop him. If we feel like he can play winning football, I think it’s going to be important for us to allow him to do that; so, if he gets in a situation that he needs to play, he’s going to be able to play winning football for us. We want to continue his development and a part of that development is he needs to play in games. So, to answer your question, absolutely.”

For those who aren’t aware, Tagovailoa has been impressing everyone. He appears to be a guy who could take the ‘Bama offense to levels it hasn’t seen in a long time. He has been compared by Lane Kiffin to Steve Young, and quarterback coach Trent Dilfer has been singing his praises for a couple of years now.

Tua Tagovailoa wowed during Alabama’s spring game, passing for an eye-popping 313 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a star in the making, and we can’t wait to see what he does this upcoming season for the Crimson Tide.

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Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed

Managing Editor here at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker, Foxsports.com and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.