To understand why Tua Tagovailoa, one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks, committed to the University of Alabama and kept that commitment even in the face of true freshman Jalen Hurts finding stardom at the same position, you must first understand the most important thing to the Tagovailoas:

their faith.

  • Tagovailoa is a young man whose faith is the driving force in his life.
  • He's not shy to profess his Christianity.

That his faith is shared by many in the Tuscaloosa area is chief among the reasons he chose the Crimson Tide and it's nearly equal as his desire to play with the best competitors in the country.

UA head coach Nick Saban

  • said Tagovailoa was the only player he's ever recruited 
  • who went to church with him every time he was in Tuscaloosa.

"A lot of people are rooted in the Word of God over here just like back home," Tagovailoa said. "The Southern hospitality is almost the same as the love and the kindness that they show back at home."

What will be a successful season?

  • "Just being able to use what God has given me 
  • as a platform for his glory 
  • and his glory only," he said.

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Tuaniga Tagovailoa[1] is an American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa was born and raised in Hawaii.[2]

Tua was backup to Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, but replaced Hurts in the second half of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.[3] He threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to win the game and title.[4]

He was the number one high school player in the state of Hawaii in the Class of 2017 and attended St. Louis High School in Honolulu, the same as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.[5]


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  2. Schnell, Lindsey. "The islands' next great QB: Tua Tagovailoa, and the story of the man who inspired him to soar"Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. Lyles Jr., Harry; Kirshner, Alex. "True freshman Tua Tagovailoa replaces Jalen Hurts in the middle of the National Championship, sparking Alabama"SB Nation. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. Hoffman, Benjamin; Drape, Joe; Tracy, Marc (2018). "National Championship Game: Alabama Beats Georgia Behind Freshman Quarterback"The New York TimesISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5.  "Tua Tagovailoa replaces Jalen Hurts: What you need to know about freshman QB"Sporting News. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-01-09