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Tua’s Injury: What They’re Saying

Tua Tagovailoa’s season-injury last Saturday against Mississippi State has rocked the college football world. Here are some reactions from coaches, players and analysts. Tua’s hip surgery has been deemed “successful,” and his long-term prognosis appears to be excellent. Best wishes to Hawaii’s own!


Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban:

“Look, you want to be fair and honest with all players, and you’d like to say you treat them all the same, but that’s probably not the case. I can think back to four or five players and actually can say I really love those guys as people, the way they did things, the contribution that they made, how they affected other people, and Tua would be one of those four or five guys.”



Marcus Mariota:

“I’ve known him since he was a little kid. Our relationship is where I try to be there for him as somebody who has gone through some of the things he is going through … I am praying for him and his family, and anything we can do to help and show him support we are more than willing to do.”




Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney:

“I hate to hear that. He’s one of the best competitors, one of the best young people in college football. I mean, he’s a great human being first. He’s an unbelievable competitor and has a great heart. He’s the epitome of a winner. It’s a big loss for college football.”




Oklahoma QB and former Crimson Tide Teammate Jalen Hurts:

“It hurt me to hear it. He’s a great friend of mine. I’m praying for him and his family. I hope nothing but the best. I hope everything works out for him and his family.”




LSU Defensive Lineman Breiden Fehoko:

“Prayers up for you uso. Alofa atu always bro.” (Via Twitter)





Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence:

“I just hate it for him. He’s a really good guy. I know the competitor he is, and it just sucks not being able to finish the year. I think the biggest thing from it is to just enjoy every moment because you never know what’s going to happen.”




Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes:

“Prayers up @Tuaamann hope this is just a minor setback in a bright future!” (Via Twitter)





College Football Analyst Urban Meyer:

“I was just staring at Coach Saban’s face and he was hurting. We’re all hurting for a kid like that. That’s the worst thing about this sport is injury and having to deal with it.”




LSU QB and Leading Heisman Trophy Candidate Joe Burrow:

“That’s too bad. You hate to see that. I hope he can come back better and stronger than ever.”





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