Tua Tagovailoa: Trevor Lawrence Injury Shows Why Alabama Needs Jalen Hurts

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2018

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts remains part of Alabama's active roster, despite an NCAA rule that would have allowed him to redshirt had he chosen to transfer after appearing in only four games.

Tua Tagovailoa, who took Hurts' starting spot, pointed to a similar situation at Clemson as the reason he and his teammates are thankful for Hurts' selfless decision. 

"You guys seen what happened with Clemson's quarterback," Tagovailoa told reporters Tuesday. "Clemson's quarterback ended up getting hurt and they didn't have Kelly Bryant as well. Could you imagine if something happened to me? Mac Jones would be good, but also having Jalen here, who is very well-experienced, it's a testament to his character, it's a testament to his morals, with how he was raised within his family."

Faced with a similar predicament to Hurts, Bryant chose to announce his intention to transfer from Clemson last week after he was replaced by Trevor Lawrence.

The decision had immediate ramifications when Lawrence went down with an injury in Saturday's 27-23 win over Syracuse. The Tigers needed 14 fourth-quarter points to complete the comeback, with freshman Chase Brice filling in.

Lawrence has been diagnosed with a neck strain.

"He was trying to [get] back into the game," Clemson coach Swinney told reporters Sunday evening. “But anytime you get something with the head, neck area, there is no room for error there.”

Lawrence could return to the lineup for Saturday's trip to Wake Forest. However, the situation could be left to Brice if Lawrence is unable to go. 

Tagovailoa was named Alabama's starter after earning the job in a training camp battle. 

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