But if Saturday’s spring game was any indication, the 2018 Heisman-runner up has a lot of work to do in he wants to live up the hype.
Tagovailoa noticeably struggled during action on Saturday, finishing on 19-for-35 for 265 yards and 1 touchdown, but his stats were inflated by a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy, which made his already poor stat line look a bit better.
A lot of his play was questioned by ESPN2’s broadcast, and it was easy to see why as poor decisions and off-throws riddled his day. Questions surrounding his accuracy and arm strength started popping up.
“Keep trying to make something out of nothing,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after the scrimmage, according to 247 Sports. “There’s nothing wrong with the guy. Tua is great.
“Why wouldn’t he have strength and velocity? Is there something wrong with him? There’s nothing wrong with him. He can run fast, he can do everything. He went through the offseason program. So, I thought he threw the ball with great velocity just like he did before.”
Tagovailoa attributed his struggles to being vanilla on offense and Alabama’s defensive staff knowing the playbook. After all, this is the most talented defense he will face until Alabama likely meets Georgia again in Atlanta at the end of the regular season — and they basically had a pre-snap head start.
“It’s a lot harder because the defense understands our concepts and what we like to run,” Tagovailoa said.