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Three reasons why Tua Tagovailoa’s durability should not be questioned

Can the Heisman finalist hold up physically for a full season? 

This is the question that Alabama fans, national media pundits of college football and NFL Draft personnel all want answered for Tua Tagovailoa. After injuries to his hand, knee and ankle forced him to struggle late in the 2018 season, red flags have started emerging in terms of durability for the returning junior quarterback.  

Analysts like Todd McShay rave about his natural abilities as a distributor of the football, but wonder about his physical toughness at the next level.

Following a record-setting season as a sophomore, all attention will be placed on whether the native Hawaiian can deliver the Crimson Tide a national championship next fall.  

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Despite the medical mishaps, Tagovailoa played through pain all of last year. 

In Tuesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine provides three reasons on why the former five-star’s durability shouldn’t be questioned as he pushes to potentially be the No. 1 overall selection taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

You can listen to the audio version of the podcast via SoundCloud.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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