HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After one of the most prestigious playing careers in Alabama history, former St. Louis Crusader Tua Tagovailoa is headed to the NFL.
“With lots of prayers, thoughts and guidance, I’ve decided that I will be declaring and entering the 2020 NFL Draft,” Tagovailoa said Monday morning at a press conference in Tuscaloosa.
“My three years at the University of Alabama have been the epitome of a roller coaster. I’ve had a fair share of ups, of many ups, and a handful of downs, and I couldn’t be happier to know that with all the success and failures I’ve had here at the university, it has prepared me for life in general.”
The Junior southpaw has put up astonishing numbers in his three years as the Crimson Tide quarterback.
Tagovailoa’s draft stock still remains high as he continues to recover from surgery following a dislocated hip injury he suffered against Mississippi State.
Prior to the injury, Tagovailoa was expected to be a top five draft prospect. But now, his recovery from this most recent injury has been closely documented, although Alabama’s training staff has said he is expected “to make a full recovery.”
In 32 career games with the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa has thrown for 87 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, while leading the team to a national championship win in his freshman season en route to a title game MVP honor. He followed that campaign up with a Heisman Trophy runner-up performance in his first official year as a starter.
Despite a shortened Junior season, Tagovailoa still notched All-SEC second-team honors by both the league coaches and the Associated Press, and became the Crimson Tide’s career touchdown leader with 96 (87 passing, nine rushing).
This story will be updated.