Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa was planning to transfer, Lane Kiffin says

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"I don't know how Coach Saban found me all the way in Hawaii from Alabama", Tagovailoa said.

As a pastor, I'm certainly not saying this because I'm ready to retire or throw in the towel (though I'm beyond the second half and clearly in the fourth quarter of my game).

"I felt like that we've had this in our mind that, if we were struggling offensively, that we would give Tua an opportunity, even in the last game", Saban said following the win. He'll leave that to others.

On top of that, Tagovailoa's success earlier in the game - in addition to what we know about most left-handed quarterbacks - had Georgia more tired of the right side of the field.

Of course, it was Tua Tagovailoa that took over under center for Alabama in the second half, and brought the Tide back from a 13-point deficit. This isn't surprising when you consider that he's a left-handed quarterback, but it did play a huge role on that final play. He plays just like Steve Young.

"He is very big for our state", Tagovailoa said.

"It looked like they were running two trap".

It is a little more complex than that, but, essentially, that is what the voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide does in preparation for national championship games.

Photo Tagovailoa celebrating after Alabama's win. "The message to the team tonight after this game was I hope you take something from this game and the resiliency that you showed in this game and it helps you be more successful in life".

"Obviously, that was never released publicly, because you can't talk about recruits and you're not going to say that afterwards", Kiffin said. After just one game, Tagovailoa is getting tossed around as a potential No. 1 pick for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Nick Saban, Tua Tagovailoa and Da'Ron Payne, the head coach, freshman sensation quarterback and defensive lineman stalwart, tried to stay engaged despite clearly needing sleep Tuesday morning in the national championship game follow-up press conference.

Dilfer's words this week hardly changed from the praise he placed on Tagovailoa before his senior season at Saint Louis. "Why he would do it, I don't know, but it would not shock me if he did". Maybe if I do, maybe I'll think about it some.

"I think that's one of the unique qualities about Hawaii, is that whenever you see a local person shine, on a national stage especially, we all have this certain pride that we feel and especially when they do it with humility and class like he did last night", Lee said. He's wildly talented, you can check every box off in terms of traits except height. That's the answer you want to hear.

"His upbringing in the islands was unbelievable".

"Somehow, I had to work the Rose Bowl and crimson into this whole thing and I came out with, "And the Roses at the grand ole" stadium once again are Crimson'". Why give that up for the NFL? How he carries himself is from where we grew up.

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