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College Sports: Nick Saban provides the latest on QB Tua Tagovailoa ahead of Orange Bowl matchup vs. Oklahoma

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had ankle surgery following the Crimson Tide’s win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, and coach Nick Saban has provided a brief update on his status:

The procedure Tagovailoa underwent is supposed to have a recovery time of about two weeks. Saban has been adamant that Tagovailoa will play against the Sooners in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, but any surgery does come with some risk. 

Here’s some video of Tagovailoa moving around on that injured ankle: 

Tagovailoa would be a major difference-maker for the Crimson Tide. He was the runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in the Heisman Trophy race and is a more accurate passer than backup Jalen Hurts.

On the year, Tagovailoa has completed 67.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,353 yards and 37 touchdowns to just four interceptions. 

Kickoff for the Orange Bowl is slated for 7 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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