Tua Tagovailoa And His Brother Plan To Have A Serious Quarterback Battle In 2019

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a six yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a six yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Taulia Tagovailoa is following in his brother’s footsteps to Tuscaloosa. He committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide last month. Once he’s part of the team, he plans on doing everything he can to steal his brother’s job.Tua Tagovailoa already finds himself in an intense quarterback battle. The national championship game hero is the favorite to beat out Jalen Hurts for the job, but suffered a string of setbacks during the spring, when a hand injury held him out of a large portion of that practice slate. Now, the quarterback battle could last into the season.Hurts is an accomplished Alabama quarterback in his own right. After winning the starting job as a freshman one game into the 2016 season, he’s led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championship games.Still, based on what we saw against Georgia, Tagovailoa could add a whole new dimension to Nick Saban’s offense. Alabama’s schedule isn’t all that tough, so it might take a few weeks into the season, but it is reasonable to expect him to win the job outright eventually.One incoming Alabama quarterback plans to push Tua, though: his brother Taulia Tagovailoa.The two have been teammates before. However, Taulia didn’t make the change to quarterback from center (!) until after Tua had moved on.Taulia is now the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country, per 247Sports. It is bold to think that he might beat out his brother, but that is what is on his mind.Alabama fans ought to love what Taulia had to say about playing with his brother. From 247:Even though his brother will have two years of collegiate experience on him when he’s expected to sign and enroll at Alabama, Taulia will be coming in to compete with any and all players.“It’s not going to be easy for him, I know that,” Taulia said.Tua isn’t backing down either. His response, via an interview:“I’m going to try to make sure my brother redshirts, so he doesn’t have to give up that year of eligibility,” Tua said.Tagovailoa recently revealed that he considered transferring to USC after sitting on the bench last year. Instead, Alabama could have he and his brother under center for years to come.[247]last_img