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Alabama QB Tagovailoa feeling better about sprained ankle
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said his sprained ankle is feeling good two days before the Crimson Tide play Clemson for the national championship.
“I can only say we’re continuing to get better,” Tagovailoa said at media day Saturday in San Jose, California. “Just one more game then I can rest.”
Tagovailoa was hurt against Georgia in the
SEC title game.
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said Tagovailoa, who also dealt with a knee injury this season, was as healthy as he has been in months.
Backup quarterback Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, is ready to do whatever he can to help defeat Clemson. He’s not ready, however, to talk about his future at Alabama.
Hurts is a junior who started his first two seasons, but was the backup this season.
Asked whether he’ll be back for his senior season, transfer or try for the NFL, Hurts quickly turned away and walked off.
Bama LB ailing:
Alabama linebacker Christian Miller is questionable for Monday night’s national championship game because of a pulled hamstring. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Miller has not been able to do much work in practice.
“We’ll sort of see what he can do today and sort of further evaluate his circumstance and see if he can be effective enough to contribute in a game,” Saban said.
Miller plays strong side outside linebacker, a spot where the Tide has lost several players, including Terrell Lewis. If Miller can’t play, it should open up more opportunities for senior James Mosley and freshman Eyabi Anoma. Miller is second on the team with 8 1⁄ sacks.
Another champ crowned:
North Dakota State won its record seventh FCS championship, as Easton Stick ran for three touchdowns and threw two quick scoring passes to Darrius Shepherd in a wild start to the second half of a 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington in Frisco, Texas.