Nutt: If Tua Is Limping, He Shouldn't Play

Nick Saban insists that Tua Tagovailoa will play against The Citadel

Taz and the Moose
November 14, 2018 - 10:16 am

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No. 1 Alabama (10-0) is a 52-point home favorite against The Citadel (4-5) this Saturday. Yet, Nick Saban insists that Tua Tagovailoa, who has been hobbled by a knee injury, will play.

Why?

“You’re always trying to stay sharp,” CBS Sports college football analyst Houston Nutt said on Taz & The Moose. “The continuity, the chemistry – you’re trying to always keep it right. You’re trying to get better each and every week. Now saying all that, I’m not there at practice, but if we’re watching him go through individual drills and we see him limping around – to me, if he’s not full-speed, come over here on the sideline. We’re going to let our defense, we’re going to let our special teams, we’re going to let Mac Jones handle it since Jalen Hurts can’t play right now. And you get ready. But we’re not (at practice), so I don’t know.”

Tagovailoa has completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 148 yards and three scores. 

“He may be ready to go by Saturday,” Nutt said. “If he’s full-speed and he’s healthy, great. But if he is nicked up just a little bit and you want to start him, you can bet this: they won’t run him very much, that’s for sure. They’ll get the ball out of his hands, they’ll let him hand it off – they just want to keep it going because you’re always trying to reach that peak of getting better each and every week. They remember in November. Championship week is coming, the playoff is coming, you want to be at a high level.”

After beating The Citadel, Alabama closes the regular season at home against Auburn (10-0) on Nov. 24. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET.