Alabama’s starting quarterback may be “a full-go” for the playoffs, but he won’t be fully healthy.
Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Alabama’s SEC championship game win over Georgia that propelled the Crimson Tide into one of the four College Football Playoff semifinalist slots. With their date with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl a little more than 72 hours away, the Heisman runner-up gave an update on his status and indicated, not surprisingly, that he’s not yet 100 percent when it comes to the health of his ankle.
“It’s been a lot better,” the true sophomore stated. “If I could grade it on a scale from 0-100, I would say it’s at about 80-85 percent. It’s been really good. No setbacks.”
Tagovailoa’s counterpart, Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, also made some health headlines as he was a surprise scratch from this morning’s media event. According to the school, the quarterback is feeling “under the weather” and the football program thought it best for him to stay away from the event and rest.
OU has offered no specifics as to what exactly is wrong with Murray, although the sense is that it won’t impact his availability for Saturday night’s game.