Tua Tagovailoa ‘officially’ named Alabama’s starting quarterback

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Nick Saban made official what anybody who has been paying attention to No. 1 Alabama already assumed: Tua Tagovailoa is the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s coach didn’t wait for the question to be asked today before saying what even he figures “everybody knows.” He says two-year starter Jalen Hurts will still play a role.

Tagovailoa, a Saint Louis graduate and Ewa Beach native was the hero of the national championship game against Georgia.

He made his first start in a 51-14 victory over Louisville. Start No. 2 comes Saturday against Arkansas State.

The sophomore was 12-of-16 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score in the opener.

It had become a touchy subject for Saban after repeated questions about the starter leading up to the game. Saban got testy with an ESPN reporter following a postgame quarterback question.

Tagovailoa is the first and only player to ever win two different Cover2 Awards. In 2015 he was selected as the Kaulukukui Award winner as offensive player of the year, and in 2016 was the Mariota Award winner as state player of the year.

Season 6 of Cover2 Hawaii High School Football Weekly will debut on Thursday at 9:30pm on KHON2.

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