Alabama QB Tago­v­ailoa says sprained an­kle feel­ing bet­ter

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Football -

Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa said his sprained an­kle was 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 sacks.

Nice sur­prise: Be­fore head­ing to the cham­pi­onship game, Clem­son coach Dabo Swin­ney had some good news for three of his lesser-known play­ers.

Swin­ney awarded schol­ar­ships to walk-ons Carter Groomes, Re­gan Up­shaw and Austin Jack­son, car­ry­ing on the Tigers’ tra­di­tion of re­ward­ing those who put in the time and ef­fort to help the team dur­ing the week, with­out the hope of get­ting a whole lot of ac­tual play­ing time.

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