Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa has entered the portal.
Taulia Tagovailoa and Alabama
As the no. 5 pro style QB in the class of 2018 and brother of former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, there’s a fair bit of hype around Taulia in the portal. In five games his freshman season, Tualia Tagovailoa accounted for 100 passing yards and a touchdown while going 9-for-12 in pass attempts.
Despite his potential, his attempted departure doesn’t necessarily shock me. Taulia is a talented QB in a sea of talented QBs at Alabama. Aside from Tualia, Alabama has redshirt junior Mac Jones, redshirt freshman Paul Tyson and true freshman Bryce Young.
Joey Blackwell from BamaCentral.com said it best. “After a 2019 season where Tagovailoa saw action in just five games, and with a low chance of seeing much action in 2020 due to Mac Jones and Bryce Young on the depth chart, it comes as no surprise that Tagovailoa would want to transfer to a school where he has a greater chance of starting under center.”
This is a Big 12 blog, so he must be going to the Big 12, right? Probably not. Any Big 12 team that needs a QB probably wouldn’t make Taulia’s short list. With all due respect, teams like Texas Tech, Kansas, and WVU don’t necessarily move the needle for an Alabama QB. With that said, whenever theres a QB in the portal we have to question, “Will Lincoln Riley go after him?”. Lincoln has a reputation with transfer QBs, but that reputation will start to fade. Riley has an absolute star in redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler, a solid back up in Tanner Mordecai, and could have another 5-star coming in 2021. Starting in 2020, Lincoln Riley develop a new reputation for developing QBs from “within”.
So, sorry Big 12 fans, I don’t think Taulia will end up in the Big 12. He will probably end up at a Florida school considering his brother just went to the Miami Dolphins. But that’s alright, the Big 12 is still my favorite conference, and THE most competitive conference in CFB.