Alabama football mailbag: Should we expect to see Tua Tagovailoa early against Colorado State?
Leading up to Saturday’s kickoff, we’ll be tackling the best questions from Alabama fans. Go here to see all of our previous answers.
Alabama football gets its final non-conference tuneup Saturday night before SEC play.
Alabama (2-0) hosts Colorado State (2-1) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Here are a few fan-submitted questions we wanted to address in our Alabama football mailbag.
Should we expect to see Tua Tagovailoa early?
Nick Saban was asked about this on Wednesday, and he gave a funny response. Last Saturday, Saban said the plan was always to give backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa some snaps with the first-team offense. Tagovailoa briefly replaced starter Jalen Hurts in the first half against Fresno State.
“We haven’t decided how we’re going to play the guys and I wouldn’t tell you if I did,” Saban said. “I don’t mind you asking the question but I don’t need to answer it. But I will call Colorado State and tell them exactly what I want to do as soon as we get out of here. I know Mike Bobo, his dad lives up by my house in Lake Burton. So I’ll call them up and tell them who we’re playing, when, how long, when we’re putting them in, we’ll tell them the whole thing. Is that all right, is that alright with you?”
While Saban wouldn’t reveal his plan, it’s safe to assume we’ll see Tagovailoa at some point. This is the last time Alabama will have to get Tagovailoa game experience before SEC play. Look for a similar set up to what Alabama did against Fresno State as the coaching staff continues to develop Tagovailoa as a backup quarterback.
Nick Saban: "I don't mind you asking the question, but I don't need to answer it." 😂 pic.twitter.com/NWVcUNjxeA
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) September 13, 2017
Are there any injury updates?
The biggest news is the fact that running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) was able to practice all week. Jacobs showed no signs of being limited during the media viewing periods of practice this week. He was able to cut and looked pretty explosive when running. We’re not completely sure if he’ll play, but seeing Jacobs in practice was a positive sign.
Saban said right guard Lester Cotton practiced this week, and that the team expects him to play. Linebackers Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) were at practice, but both worked in black, non-contact jerseys.
What should we expect to see against Colorado State?
This is a good test for Alabama’s defense before SEC play. Colorado State likes to air it out, so we should get a feel for Alabama’s pass rush and how its defensive backs will hold up in coverage.
Against Fresno State, it was tough to judge the pass rushers because Fresno State’s plan was to get the ball out as quick as possible. This week should give Alabama’s pass rushers a few more opportunities to get to the quarterback.
What do you think about Dylan Moses?
Dylan Moses has the potential to be a great Alabama linebacker. He can play inside and line up outside and rush the passer. He has great size and athleticism. It’s clear the coaching staff likes him because he’s played quite a bit in both games.
He was banged up against Fresno State and missed practice time, but Saban said his injury shouldn’t be serious.