Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa might not be as healthy as he initially let on.
The Heisman finalist said Monday that he was a “full send” for running the playbook against Oklahoma in the college football playoff semi-finals, which kind of insinuated that he was perfectly healthy after struggling with an ankle injury. (RELATED: The College F
Tua says he won’t be limited at all in the semifinal game against Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/cmHou0jnzh
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Well, he walked that back a bit Wednesday, and said his ankle is only 80 to 85 percent healthy when talking about it with the media.
Tua Tagovailoa with a personal injury update: pic.twitter.com/s0hmbPxq7r
— Terrin Waack (@terrinvictoria) December 26, 2018
I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure there’s a substantial difference between being a “full send” and only being between 80 and 85 percent healthy. Not being 100 percent is a huge issue when it comes to quarterback play, especially one who utilizes his feet to make plays.
Initially, I thought Oklahoma would be at a huge disadvantage if Tua truly was truly fully healthy. We’ve seen what the Crimson Tide are capable of when he’s running and gunning.
They’re playing on a different level than just about everybody.
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However, if Tua isn’t 100 percent healthy, then that changes the game a bit. An injured QB or one who is constricted by an ankle injury is a quarterback that is vulnerable.
All of a sudden, I’m starting to think we’re about to have a ball game between the Tide and Sooners. Tune in Saturday night on ESPN to find out how it’ll all go down. It should be outstanding.