Taulia Tagovailoa could seek extra year of eligibility from NCAA, enter transfer portal
Taulia Tagovailoa may not be done with college football yet.
During an appearance Friday on The Vinny & Haynie Show on 105.7 The Fan, Maryland coach Mike Locksley said Tagovailoa is considering entering the transfer portal as a grad transfer and petitioning the NCAA for an extra season of eligibility. According to InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann, Miami is a possible landing place if the NCAA cooperates on his waiver request.
“When he came to sit down and then he made the decision that he didn’t want to play in the bowl game in an effort to pursue future opportunities, whether it be the NFL, whether it be transferring, if in fact there were more time available,” Locksley said. “It was a pretty easy conversation because the mutual respect was there. He’s done enough and has done what we needed him to do for our program.”
He certainly has done enough for the Terps, but in doing so, the belief is that he has exhausted his eligibility.
With Alabama in 2019, Tagovailoa played in five games — one more than the maximum allowed to redshirt. He’s been the starter ever since coming to College Park, with 41 appearances since the 2020 season.
It’s unclear what kind of waiver he’d be applying for. He has used the free year granted to players on rosters during the COVID-impacted season, and he hasn’t lost a season because of an injury.
If he was granted another year by the NCAA, he’d also need both Maryland and Alabama to sign off on his eligibility.
Linking the record-breaking Maryland passer to Miami makes sense. His brother, Tua, stars for the Miami Dolphins. Having both brothers in the same city with brand-name football teams would be a marketing goldmine for the family.