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Tua Tagavailoa flies private during ankle surgery recovery

Tua Tagovailoa and his surgically repaired ankle are flying high.

Alabama flew the sophomore Heisman candidate to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday on a private plane ahead of the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Atlanta, according to ESPN.

The travel accommodations allow Tagovailoa to continue receiving treatment after having undergone surgery on his left ankle, injured during Saturday’s SEC Championship win over Georgia. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, giving the signal caller time to recuperate.

Despite being up for numerous awards — he took home the 2018 Walter Camp Player of the Year title on Thursday — Tagovailoa’s activity will be cut down under the eye of Alabama’s associate athletic director for sports medicine Jeff Allen.

The hope is that Tagovailoa is ready when the Crimson Tide get back to practice on Dec. 14, though coach Nick Saban isn’t too concerned about his starter.

“I think Tua is right on schedule,” Saban told reporters. “The procedure they did usually takes two weeks for a guy to be able to have any explosive movement, and then they go from there. So we’ll see how he progresses from there. But we’re pleased with the progress that he’s made to this point.”

Coming home with a couple of trophies could help, with the Heisman Trophy presentation coming on Friday in New York.

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