Asked whether he and his staff would make an effort to play freshman quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa in Saturday’s game vs. Arkansas in order to “expedite his development,” Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban had a spirited response.


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With star junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Taulia’s older brother, nursing an ankle injury, redshirt sophomore Mac Jones will get the start against the Razorbacks.

Relieving the elder Tagovailoa in the October 19 victory over Tennessee, Jones completed 6-11 passes for 72 yards.

A four-star prospect in the 2019 cycle, Taulia Tagovailoa has appeared in two games for the Tide attempting one pass, a 20-yard completion vs. Southern Miss on September 21.

Saturday’s action from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa will kick at 7:00PM ET on ESPN.