Kanell: Tua Will Leave Alabama After Junior Season

Tua Tagovailoa will enter the NFL as soon as possible, Danny Kanell says, and there will be an Andrew Luck-like frenzy to draft him

Tiki and Tierney
October 17, 2018 - 8:27 am

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Tua Tagovailoa has been the most dynamic player in college football this season. He’s completed 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards, 21 touchdowns and zero – yes, zero – interceptions and has also rushed for two scores. 

The crazy thing? He’s done most of his damage in the first half of games, as No. 1 Alabama (7-0) is often on cruise control by the time the third quarter arrives.

A true sophomore, Tagovailoa will almost certainly leave Alabama after his junior season.

“I think he’s done,” CBS Sports HQ Football Analyst Danny Kanell said on Tiki and Tierney. “It’s kind of a shame, but I’ve come a long way. Ten years ago, I was hardcore. ‘Get your degree, stay the whole time, education matters.’ The money now is so big, you have to treat it like a business decision. I thought Sam Darnold could have used another year at USC, and he’s done fine. He’s done a great job with the Jets. I thought he could have used another year in college at USC to develop, but the money was too good.”

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick, signed a four-year, $30.25 million fully guaranteed contract with the Jets.

“You can’t pass it up and take on the risk of (losing) $20 million guaranteed,” Kanell said. “It’s just too much. Tua, he’s going to have that type of hype. He’s going to be a top pick in the draft. He’s got to come out when he can. Tua is going to be one that you talk about like Andrew Luck, like this No. 1 overall that everybody’s trying to get that pick and they might even trade up and make moves.”

Alabama plays Tennessee (3-3) on the road the Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET.