Tua Tagovailoa Talks About His Junior Season at Quarterback
Spring has arrived as the Alabama Crimson Tide returned to Tuscaloosa for their second practice of the spring on Monday.
One of Alabama's stars from 2018 that is expected to play a vital leadership role in 2019 is junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii, native took home honors for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and The Sporting News National Player of the Year.
Prior to returning to the practice field, Tua Tagovailoa answered questions from reporters ranging from the focus of the team to his leadership role on the team and his relationship with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
This season, Tua will not be the only Tagovailoa on the roster as his brother Taulia enters his first season on the Crimson Tide roster. Tua discussed the balancing act of treating Taulia as a brother and member of the team.
"It's good to have him but when we're on the field, we're just teammates. We're not brothers. I'm going to treat him the same way I treat the next quarterback or my other teammates and then off the field, he's my brother. Got to protect him, take care of him, do everything that I need because he's my brother. On the field, we're teammates." Tagovailoa said.
Although the junior quarterback dazzled Alabama fans with his arm and quick release on the field, he cited one area of improvement that he believes is important for his development in 2019.
"I'd say the biggest thing for me to work on would be my eyes because my eyes could be a blessing for me and it can also be a curse because I get through things so quick that I end up skipping progressions as well. I say I need to tie my eyes to my feet." Tagovailoa said.
After today, Alabama football heads to the practice field Wednesday for their third practice session of the spring.