Kif­fin wants Dol­phins to draft Tua

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS THURSDAY - By Khobi Price

BOCA RA­TON — Florida At­lantic coach Lane Kif­fin hasn’t given up on the “Tank for Tua.”

Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa, who suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing hip in­jury in the Crim­son Tide’s 38-7 vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi State on Satur­day, has been linked to the Dol­phins all sea­son. He was con­sid­ered the fa­vorite to be se­lected No. 1 in the 2020 NFL draft be­fore get­ting in­jured.

The Dol­phins, who have a 2-8 record, still have a chance of get­ting the No. 1 pick and cur­rently hold three first-round picks.

“He’d be right here,” Kif­fin said. “It sounds like they need a quar­ter­back. It’d be pretty good for him. The weather’s a bit like Hawaii, so it’d be good for his fam­ily.”

Kif­fin, who was Alabama’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor from 2014-16, re­cruited Tago­v­ailoa to Alabama be­fore tak­ing over the Owls’ head-coach­ing reins in De­cem­ber 2016.

He tagged the Dol­phins’ of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count in a tweet about Tago­v­ailoa, say­ing

“Will al­ways re­mem­ber on [Tago­v­ailoa’s] re­cruit­ing visit he was hold­ing a bi­ble study with re­cruit­ing hostesses!”

When asked why he tagged the Dol­phins, Kif­fin re­sponded, “So I can hang out w[ith] him and get the [Dol­phins] in the su­per bowl.”

Kif­fin said Tago­v­ailoa is an awe­some kid who comes from a great fam­ily and called him a “one of a mil­lion type deal.”

“Af­ter go­ing to see him, you al­ways try to com­pare guys to some­one,” Kif­fin said. “I thought he was like Steve Young with how smooth he was, how quick his re­lease was, left-han­der, the abil­ity to move around.”

Kif­fin said he was “re­ally up­set” about Tago­v­ailoa’s in­jury, which came when Alabama led 35-7 with three min­utes left in the first half. He tweeted that he was “be­yond sad” about the in­jury and that he almost broke his TV watch­ing it hap­pen.

“It was just a sad deal,” Kif­fin said. “Ev­ery­one has a rea­son for when they play peo­ple, but it was just re­ally dif­fi­cult to watch. I was sit­ting there watch­ing it say­ing ‘why is he go­ing back in?’ and I almost jinxed it in my own head so I was even more mad when it hap­pened.”

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