Not only does Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa share the same conference, but the two also hare the same upbringing growing up in Hawaii.

During SEC Media Days in Atlanta, Ta'amu discussed his relationship with Tagovailoa and looks forward to play him this upcoming season.

“Me and Tua train all the time back home - me and him, and his dad and his little brother and a bunch of kids back home," Ta'amu said at SEC Media Days. "We have a great relationship, he’s a great guy. Last year I talked to him after the Alabama game, and he was doing really well. It’s good to see him blow up, blow up the SEC. If he is the starting quarterback, I’m excited to play against him. It’s going to be a big game. Hawaii versus Hawaii, and it’ll be exciting. I know the fans back home are excited for that game as well.”

Ta'amu finished last season with 1,682 passing yards and 11 touchdowns after filling in the starting role for Shea Patterson. During interviews with his team mates at SEC Media Days, they praised the senior quarterback for his leadership throughout the issues off the field happening among the Ole Miss program.

“The biggest difference with Jordan Ta’amu is that he stepped in at such a kind of awkward time, towards the later of the season," senior center Sean Rowlings said. "A guy that has zero SEC starts under his belt, and you see this guy coming in who is so composed and confident. He portrayed that to the whole offense, and then the offense adopts that confidence. Having him and his composure is what sets him apart.”

“He was somebody who really kept to himself and stayed humble until his time came," defensive lineman Josiah Coatney said. "I feel like him and Coach Luke are in the same situation. Some would say they didn’t expect this to happen, but they were prepared when the moment came. Jordan came in, put himself in the position to be the quarterback he wanted to be. We always knew what type of guy he was, but it just shows on the field now, and everyone trusts that he can make the right decision, the right reads, and lead us to victory.”

Hear what else Ta'amu had to say regarding Tagovailoa, the Rebels offense, and taking over the starting role for a full season in Oxford, make sure you watch the video above the article.

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