Danny Wuerffel gave his thoughts on Nick Saban’s choice to play freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Monday night. Consider the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback impressed with what he saw from the Alabama coach.
On Wednesday, the former Florida star used Twitter to share a major compliment for Saban and the Crimson Tide, two days after Alabama beat Georgia in a thrilling National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tagovailoa entered in the second half after the Bulldogs built a 13-0 halftime lead. The young player threw for 166 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. The biggest highlight came when he completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime to lift the Crimson Tide to the national title.
Also, major props to Nick Saban at @AlabamaFTBL. Fan of his or not, you have to honor what he’s accomplished. And his decision to switch QBs at halftime was one of the biggest, riskiest, and ultimately one of the best coaching decisions I can recall.
— Danny Wuerffel (@DannyWuerffel) January 10, 2018
Consider that quite the praise from Wuerffel, who played at Florida from 1993-96. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1996, and he remains one of the top SEC quarterbacks the conference has ever soon.
We’ll learn if Tagovailoa can reach that level in time. But Alabama fans have a big reason to be excited about him after watching Tagovailoa play with such poise on such a large stage. He should only improve in the coming years.
He made Saban look good Monday, that’s for sure. And Wuerffel definitely noticed.