Week 9 Bama Pro of the Week: Tua Tagovailoa
Just two starts into his NFL career and Tua Tagovailoa has already begun to make his mark, winning his second straight game, this time in a desert shootout against the Arizona Cardinals.
Tagovailoa finished the day 20-28 passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns, adding 35 yards on the ground. Count in the hard-fought win and a plethora of highlights to build on, and the former Alabama star is this week's Bama Pro of the Week.
In the first-ever NFL game to feature two starting quarterbacks wearing number one on his jersey, Tagovailoa prevailed over Kyler Murray. The last time the two met on the field, the outcome was not nearly as close as the treat given to NFL fans Sunday afternoon. Tua's Crimson Tide rushed the Oklahoma Sooners out of the stadium Tagovailoa now calls home in the 2018 Orange Bowl.
This time, however, the roles were reversed and it was Tagovailoa who would have to keep pace with Murray. As has become expected of the Samoan Southpaw, Tagovailoa delivered, matching the high-flying Cardinals offense score for score.
Just over a year ago, Tagovailoa's entire career was put under the microscope, both figuratively and literally, as to how it would continue into the future. In what seemed as an act of defiance to his nay-sayers, Tagovailoa took pride in his scrappy ground game, picking up three crucial first-downs on the ground.
Tagovailoa has the Miami Dolphins in a prime position to make a serious playoff push. With a favorable schedule ahead, and a faulty division company in the AFC East, Tagovailoa could once again taste post-season success.
If he can continue to throw in clutch situations such as he faced Sunday, the unnecessary doubt thrown his way in recent weeks will have no choice but to disappear.
Now for our honorable mentions:
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers: Six tackles, a pass deflection, fumble recovery, and an interception.
- Cam Sims, Washington: three receptions for 110 yards
- Jerry Jeudy, Broncos: seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown
- Jarran Reed, Seahawks: four tackles, including 2.5 sacks
- Irv Smith, Jr., Vikings: two catches for 10 yards and two touchdowns
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