Tagovailoa's Tuscaloosa, that is. In came true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, a five-star recruit who had previously played only in blowouts in his rookie year. Other teams appeared to have decent arguments for being in the No. 4 slot of the playoff, and many who follow college football figured inertia from past seasons was all that allowed Alabama to slide into postseason play. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".
"He felt bad. Any player would", Saban said.
This was nothing like the others. But those were very different times in terms of recruiting, television and segregation. "My dad's dream was to see this". I still can't believe that this is what happened. Alabama has an up-tempo offense with a down-field passing attack.
Smart added more talent at running back by signing Zamir White, who is recovering from a knee injury, and James Cook.
As a coach, Saban had seemingly seen it all.
Saban apparently saw what the fans saw, what his weary team saw.
"If you've got to go in, if your number's called, then you've got to do what you've got to do to give the team the best placement...to give the team the best opportunity to win", Tagovailoa said".
The 41-yard pitch and catch to fellow rookie Devonta Smith in overtime set off the wild celebration. "Couldn't be prouder of a bunch of coaches and a bunch of players and the people in our organization who contribute to the success of the University of Alabama". Plus, with the way Tua Tagovailoa played against Georgia, the Tide may have the best quarterback in the country next season, making Alabama the team to beat. Georgia went on offense first in overtime and, after Jake Fromm took a huge sack, the Bulldogs settled for Ricardo Blankenship's 51-yard field goal. "I enjoy the competition".
There are seven college football programs whose achievements warrant recognition over lesser dynasties.
Instead, Tagovailoa read the four verticals shooting up through Georgia's two-trap coverage. The system isn't broke, so don't fix it.
"I looked back out, and he was wide open", Tagovailoa said. Here are few: Michigan, 1925, 1926 and 1932; Southern Cal, 1928 and 1929; Pittsburgh, 1929 and 1931; Florida State, 1992 and 1994. No other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision has accomplished such a fast feat. The Tide will lose some key players on defense, including Evans and the entire starting secondary if juniors Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison leave early, but there are capable replacements waiting in the wings.
But it was a nail-biter for Crimson Tide fans. A transfer? Position change?
This is the sixth national title win for Nick Saban, tying Bear Bryant for most national titles.
We know who Saban is. What a game and what a fitting end to the College Football Season! Saban also competes in a deeper SEC where more schools have the resources to field consistent title contenders. Award multiyear athletic scholarships that cannot be withdrawn because of injury or unsatisfactory athletic performance.
Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.
This is when the full on-field coaching staff will be able to work with the players in a practice setting for the first time since the season ended. And then whoever survives the division has to avoid stumbling in the conference championship game.
Pray for everybody else while you're at it, Tua.