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Tennessee OLB refers to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa as ‘decent’ QB

Brett Davis - USA TODAY Sports

Many things are decent.

A child bringing home a C on its report card is decent. Some people are satisfied with decent wireless internet. Even after hearing a sermon at church, the members of the congregation will ask about the refreshments and get ‘decent’ as a response.

All of these things are fine; however, using this term to describe the potential No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NFL Draft is not.

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The hate between Alabama and Tennessee has been thoroughly documented, going back to legendary coaches Paul W. “Bear” Bryant and Robert Neyland. A certain fan, who has etched himself in Alabama football folklore, had a viral rant on how much he loathes the Volunteers. 

Cooler temperatures in the month of October set the stage for a passionate rivalry. 

Prior to this year’s edition of the “Third Saturday in October” matchup, Tennessee’s student-athletes had media availability on Tuesday.

In providing his thoughts on the Crimson Tide, Darrell Taylor said the group at wide receiver is the ‘strength of the team.’ 

“They catch the ball and get downfield,” Taylor said to Jimmy Hyams of Sports Radio WNML 99.1 FM in Knoxville, Tenn.  

When it came down to addressing the leader in the Heisman clubhouse, Taylor used the term stated above for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. 

Tagovailoa is not one for clout or attention, but he is the one directing receivers with accurate passes in stride. He and the “RydeOuts” both fit as a strength and in terms of his numbers, the ratio of 27 touchdown passes to one interception is better than decent. The junior has claimed almost every single significant passing record in school history, and is still adding his name to some things.  

He’s pushing one of the nation’s best offenses and is on course for a Southeastern Conference Championship, College Football Playoff title and possibly, a Heisman Memorial Trophy. 

Taylor leads Tennessee in both tackles for loss (four) and sacks (three), but are the Volunteers prepared to take a high-powered unit? Some material for Tagovailoa and company to look at. 

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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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