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Freshman Tua Tagovailoa holds the national championship trophy after defeating Georgia 26-23 in overtime.

Alabama football: Tide’s 2 quarterbacks continue to support each other

Matt Speakman

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Supporting each other

By now, everybody knows what happened with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa entered the national championship, and won the game for the Crimson Tide while replacing Hurts. Despite Hurts being 25-2 as a starter in his career, some fans have failed to recognize his efforts during Alabama’s season because of how Tagovailoa finished the game.

On Thursday, Tagovailoa had a message for those criticizing Hurts. It continued to show the support that those two show for each other, and the relationship they’ve built over the season.

In other headlines…

  • The date for Alabama’s national championship parade has been set for Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. CT. The full details are here.
  • As long as Alabama has coach Nick Saban, it should enjoy more success than Georgia.
  • Alabama basketball guard Collin Sexton is on the John Wooden Award’s midseason top 25 list.
  • SEC Shorts made a hilarious video about the love affair between Alabama and the College Football Playoff.

Declaring for the draft

Alabama had five juniors forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne, running back Bo Scarbrough as well as safeties Ronnie Harrison and Minkah Fitzpatrick will enter the draft. Five players are the most to declare in one year under coach Nick Saban.

Not everyone decided to leave, however. Defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs will stay for his senior season. Buggs played his first season for Alabama this year after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He had 51 total tackles and 1.5 sacks this season.

Dealing with a thief

Alabama obviously had an interesting week. The team won a national title in chaotic fashion, and had plenty of off-the-field storylines to follow. Thursday, that week became even more interesting. According to reports, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar had his backpack stolen while in Atlanta. The backpack contained a playbook, along with $1,320, two cellphones, an iPod, a passport, sunglasses and reading glasses.

Around the Capstone

Alabama soccer added Nicole Strahl to its program.

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