Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovalia made a huge announcement Monday: He’s leaving Alabama to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
The junior quarterback, who suffered a season-ending hip injury, said the choice to leave was difficult and he consulted with his family before he made the decision, “We prayed a lot about it. This is a decision that I am going to have to live with. I made it and I’m good with it.”
Tagovalia threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 87 touchdowns in his college career, and is expected to be a first-round draft pick. Many think he will end up with the Miami Dolphins, who have the number five pick in the draft.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban, spoke glowingly about his now-former quarterback.
“Tua has probably had as much of an impact on our program here as any player that we have ever had… He’s had great accomplishments on the field, but you probably don’t really fully understand the significance of the contributions he’s made off the field with his teammates and the people that are around him every day.”
All indications are that Tagovaila plans to continue hip rehab at Alabama, and finish the 17 hours of course work needed to earn his degree.