The Alabama Crimson Tide have been beyond dominant this season, to the point that you can make the case this is the best team Nick Saban has had during his tenure in Tuscaloosa. At the heart of this has been Tua Tagovailoa, as the sophomore signal caller has been absolutely electric under center for the Crimson Tide. He’s an overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and his dynamic, dual-threat abilities are something that we haven’t really seen at Alabama under Saban.
An issue has popped up in recent weeks, however, as Tagovailoa has been dealing with a knee injury. He has been able to play through it, but a few times in the Crimson Tide’s last handful of times, Tagovailoa has aggravated the bum wheel.
The latest example of this came against Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ aggressive defense got to Tagovailoa a few times, and at one point in the third quarter with the Tide up 21-0, he took a shot to the knee and went down hard.
There’s no word on whether Tagovailoa will return, but the smart thing might be keeping him on the sideline, because there’s no use in potentially making this worse and the Bulldogs haven’t been able to get anything against the Tide’s defense.
The good news for Alabama is he needs to take the same number of snaps next week as you or I do, because the Crimson Tide play host to an FCS school in The Citadel. But with a rivalry game against Auburn and a conference title game against Georgia on the horizon, everyone in Tuscaloosa is holding their breaths that Tagovailoa will be able to get his body right.