"It just happens to be open", Arians said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Tuesday. "He was destined for stuff like this, built for stuff like this". Without a spot for him available on 2012's team, he opted to go to Ole Miss. It wasn't the same boring win we've seen before with the Crimson Tide's steady-headed quarterbacks and hulking, NFL-ready running backs carrying the ball behind hulking, NFL-ready offensive linemen.
For the third consecutive season, Alabama played in a classic CFP final. We got the first down or scored a touchdown.
The latter led Alabama to a second-half comeback sealed by a walk-off touchdown throw in overtime, propelling him to legendary status in the eyes of some.
"I could not believe it". These kids really responded the right way.
"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.
Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed nearly giddy after watching maybe the most improbable victory of his career.
Tagovailoa, a true freshman, is just getting started in his college career, but he's already etched his name into Alabama football lore with his heroic performance against Georgia.
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The players stormed the field and in one play, Tagovailoa became a hero for life in the state of Alabama. On the next play, he found Smith, another freshman, and hit him in stride. With less than a minute remaining, top-ranked Nebraska scored on a 24-yard Jeff Smith option run, cutting Miami's lead to 31-30. That might not seem like a big deal, but it was a huge factor in how the winning play transpired.
"He is very big for our state", Tagovailoa said. So was freshman tackle Alex Leatherwood, who stepped in at left tackle after Jonah Williams left with an injury. But he came out of high school as the nation's top recruit among dual threat quarterbacks.
"I probably would have done it in the 2nd quarter", Steve Spurrier said on The Paul Finebaum Show. He's just a great person. "And for all the fans that are against Jalen, you against me too", he said in the post.
It wasn't until approximately 18 months later - after OR secured and then lost the commitment of four-star quarterback Ryan Kelley and Tagovailoa committed to Alabama - that Frost and OR coach Mark Helfrich deemed Tagovailoa worthy of a scholarship.
This one was nothing like the others. "I think that we haven't really made a decision about that, and it's not imperative we make one right now". "When I told Tua to trust me, he sort of nodded at me and when I saw they were playing Cover 2, I knew the ball was going to come to me".
This team won despite losing four first-round draft picks and seven defensive players who were picked within the first four rounds.
When asked what is so appealing about the Giants job, Arians, who at 65 is just a year younger than Saban, answered: "When we grew up, they were the thing". "Give them credit, but I think everybody can see that Georgia's going to be a force to be reckoned with", Georgia coach Kirby Smart added.