Rolling into the New York Inventory Alternate on a scooter Friday afternoon, Tua Tagovailoa had that identical confident smile.
The further instruments changed into as soon as a reminder of the hurdle he faces to play in the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl semifinal with Oklahoma. A high-ankle sprain suffered Saturday in the SEC Championship is the controversy of Heisman Eve interviews and Alabama’s quarterback had a straightforward message.
“All I know is I will be assist for the sport,” Tagovailoa acknowledged Friday afternoon sooner than ringing the closing bell on Wall Toll road.
Doing the awards circuit this week, Alabama head athletic coach Jeff Allen is Tagovailoa’s shadow.
“I’m feeling severely greater,” Tagovailoa acknowledged. “Thank God we win now Jeff Allen.”
Pressed further on the short turnaround from surgical operation to the playoff, Tagovailoa’s resolution now not in any respect changed.
“I wants to be simply by the time the sport comes,” he acknowledged. “It’s a matter of when I’m going to play and when I originate to be aware.”
Prick Saban on Wednesday repeated the agenda for a return to be aware from the wreck suffered Dec. 1.
“The contrivance they did in general takes two weeks for a man so as to win any explosive recede, after which they bound from there,” Saban acknowledged Wednesday in Atlanta. “So, we’ll watch how he progresses from there. However we’re proud of the growth that he’s made to this level.”