Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is back throwing in practice.

Tagovailoa made some throws and handoffs Tuesday after injuring a finger on his left, throwing hand in the Crimson Tide's first spring practice.

Coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa "has made a very nice recovery" over the past week. He said the freshman from Hawaii did have a broken bone but was able to grip the ball and "could throw a little bit."

Tagovailoa is expected to compete with two-year starter Jalen Hurts for the starting job heading into next season.

The former five-star recruit came off the bench to lead the Tide to a comeback win in the national championship game against Georgia in January.

Saban says Tagovailoa has "a really good, positive attitude about it, and we feel good about where he's heading."

Hear exactly what Saban said about his quarterback in the video below.