Alabama quarterback Tua Tagawiloa was injured, heading into today's game against Mississippi, his high ankle sprain annoying him seriously enough that he could be said not to play. As it turned out, he started the game but didn't finish.
In the second quarter, Tagawiloa was suffocated by two Mississippi State defenders as he passed, and appeared in the process to both injure his hips and endure them. bloody nose. Tagovailoa was taken off the field and ESPN reported "screaming in pain."
Tagovailoa played an exceptional game before being injured, completing 14 of 18 passes for 256 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Alabama had a lead 35 -7.
The injury will undoubtedly raise questions as to why Alabama coach Nick Saban had him in the game. Alabama certainly didn't need Tagovailo to defeat Mississippi.
"He injured his hip," Saban told ESPN at halftime. "I know nothing more than that. ,,, I'm not worried players will get hurt, but I certainly don't want to see anyone get hurt, especially him. "
And the next question will be whether Tagovailoa will or should play another college football game. He is a potential first overall pick in the NFL draft and a serious injury could cost him tens of millions of dollars. Even if Alabama hopes for a national championship, it would be difficult to blame Tagovailoa if he decides to call it quits and focus on the 2020 draft.