Tua Tagovailoa Not Backing Down From Challenge Of Unseating Jalen Hurts

    Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa faces a tall task in unseating Jalen Hurts as the starter, but he is not going to back down from the challenge.

    March 17, 2017

    Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa faces a tall task in unseating Jalen Hurts as the starter, but he is not going to back down from the challenge.


    Tua Tagovailoa has a big challenge in front of him as he tries and unseat Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Hurts took control of the position last season and led the Tide to the national championship game as a true freshman. Tagovailoa could have gone to a lot of other places and started immediately, but a little competition is not going to scare him from joining the Alabama team this fall.

    “He said, ‘Dad, if I’m going to play for the best team, if I’m going to be the best, then I have to compete against the best,’” Tua’s father, Galu, said. “’I can’t second-guess myself.’ I said if he was set with his mind then let’s make it happen.”

    A trip to Tuscaloosa for the Honolulu native made him, and his family, realize that it was the place that he wanted to be.

    “We were blown away,” Galu said. “That year they were the No. 1 team in the country. With Tua, he felt like winning the Elite 11 and then getting an offer from the No. 1 school in the country, he felt like this was his calling. He needed to be there.”

    Hurts, who threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 954 yards and 13 scores in 2016, will be the favorite to remain the starter, but for Galu, his son will give all he can to make the competition as close as possible.

    “It’s his maturity and his competitiveness,” Galu said. “He likes to compete. He just loves competing.”

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