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Tua Ready To Hit The Turf Against Kyler Murray in Orange Bowl
by Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)
MIAMI, FL --- South Beach is usually hot, exotic and full of flavor, but on Saturday night, the town will be electric as two of the country's most talked about quarterbacks will engage in battle as #1 Alabama Crimson Tide face #4 Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will share the same space for the first time since the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
However, all eyes were on Tagovailoa as he returns to the field after having successful surgery on his ankle, when he suffering a high-ankle sprain in the SEC championship game against Georgia. He had surgery Dec. 2 to stabilize his ankle. 27 days later, Tagovailoa explained in detail on how close he is to being 100% on Saturday.
"I feel I'm still making a tremendous amount of progress with the amount of rehab and therapy that I'm getting from our athletic trainers," Tagovailoa told the media.
He estimates hes about 85% but still confesses he'll be ready to go against the Sooners.
“I believe we'll be able to feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket, moving around,” Tagovailoa said. “You know, yesterday was a testament to that. I got the opportunity to do a lot of things in practice that I wasn't able to do the last week.”
Head coach Nick Saban and Tagovailoa are ready for the challenge and ready to prove the doubters wrong not only about how well he'll play, but also show the world why he should've won the Heisman Trophy instead of Murray.