Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa carted off in first half against Mississippi State
Undergoing a surgical procedure on his ankle on October 21, Alabama Crimson Tide junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was able to return in time for the team’s showdown with No. 1 LSU on November 9.
While the Tigers topped the Tide, 46-41, Tagovailoa was on top of his game, throwing for 418 yards and four touchdowns.
Looking to get back in the win column, Alabama traveled to Starkville on Saturday to battle the Mississippi State Bulldogs. With Tagovailoa hitting on 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two scores, things were going off without a hitch for the Tide. That is, until their Heisman Trophy candidate was forced to leave the game with an apparent injury to his right hip.
SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program, shared further information on Twitter:
"He was screaming in pain as medical training staff had to pick him up and carry him off the cart." @MollyAMcGrath said the first report is that Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury to his right hip vs. Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/ppMJykMq9N
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2019
Part of the broadcast team, sideline reporter Molly McGrath painted a picture that is not pretty to Alabama fans.
“He was screaming in pain as (the) medical training staff had to pick him up and carry him off the cart.”
McGrath also added the signal-caller will be undergoing an X-ray, as expected.
The No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 cycle, Tagovailoa starred at the St. Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Beginning his career in Tuscaloosa as Jalen Hurts’ backup, he forever endeared himself to Alabama fans by leading a comeback over the rival Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8, 2018.
In Tagovailoa’s stead, redshirt sophomore Mac Jones is manning the controls for the Crimson Tide’s offense.
Alabama at Mississippi State is currently airing on ESPN.