Tua Tagovailoa is a legend: End of the Hurts era?

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January 9, 2018 by adamburt13

Tua Tagovailoa, who entered the national championship game in the second half in relief of Jalen Hurts, hoists the College Football Playoff trophy. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Written by Adam Burt

So just in case you missed it or aren’t a football guy who simply could give one less of a damn about College football, Bama is back on top of the world after taking down the Georgia Bulldogs in the national championship 26-23 in an overtime thriller. Was it a hell of a comeback by the Crimson Tide? Or was it just another choke job by a football team reigning out of the state of Georgia?

It was 20-7 by the way.

As a passionate Alabama fan, I did not think this game was going to be a cakewalk by any means as the game was approaching. Georgia is a solid program and I believe they are going to be serious contenders in the SEC for years to come. But this just wasn’t Georgias time.

it was Tua Tagovailoa’ time.

Tua Tagovailoa is a true freshman from Hawaii who was rated the top dual-threat QB by ESPN for the 2017 class of recruits. He chose to go to Tuscaloosa and join the Tide over several other top schools such as USC, UCLA, LSU, Texas A&M etc. And all because of a lackluster first half performance in the national championship by starting QB Jalen Hurts, Tua has quickly become an Alabama Legend who took advantage of an insane opportunity.

Tua entered the game in the 3rd quarter in hopes to give the Tide more momentum to actually move the ball downfield which Hurts wasn’t able to do at all. Tua was 14-24 on his passes for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tua did throw one interception but the poise he displayed given the hand he was dealt was impressive for a true freshman on that grand of a stage.

He ended up finishing the night by launching a 41-yard touchdown pass in OT and went on to be named the offensive player of the game in the national championship. The future is so bright for this kid and he is already being labeled a hero for bringing the Tide back in the game to gain its 5th championship under head coach Nick Saban.

He is 19 years old.

So now most Alabama and college football fans are pondering the big question looking forward. Is it the end of Jalen Hurts career under center for the Tide?

I’m not entirely sure about this. And I don’t think Nick Saban is either. Saban is as unpredictable as they come, and whatever he feels is best for the team is obviously going to be the final decision. But he is going to have to take a lot into consideration. Things like remembering that Jalen Hurts is the one who won an insane amount of games and got them to the national championship in the first place in back to back seasons, is it right to just pass the torch because of one bad performance when in all honesty Saban himself said going into halftime of the game that they had to do EVERYTHING better and that it wasn’t just a QB issue?

Or maybe they just think to rotate the 2 in and out until Jalen decides to leave, who knows at this point but it’s pretty clear that Tua can spin the ball much better than Hurts can and clearly has the better arm to make throws. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they entertain the idea of converting Jalen Hurts to a running back. But in a backfield that’s deep with talent at the position, it would be a matter of who is coming and going. Regardless Jalen Hurts is an incredible athlete who just wants to win, he has a huge amount of respect for the game and I feel he would be willing to do whatever is best for the Tide moving forward.

So after all that being said, Tua Tagovailoa is here, the kid is already an absolute legend and I’m looking forward to watching him under center for the Tide in the future. You are hearing his name a whole lot right now, and you will be hearing it a whole lot more in the future.

Roll Tide 6X!!!!

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