The Heisman campaign has officially ended for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The star quarterback will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a dislocated right hip in Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State.
Tagovailoa suffered the injury with about three minutes remaining in the first half. On third down, he was brought down by two Mississippi State defenders while rolling to his left. After the play, he was unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was being helped off of the field by trainers.
He was then carted off of the field before being airlifted back to Alabama for further examination. The Hawaiian-born Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture.
This injury is unrelated to the one Tagovailoa had previously been dealing with. Tua underwent surgery on his right ankle back on Oct. 20, one day after injuring it against Tennessee. Doctors performed a “tightrope” procedure, the same procedure that Tagovailoa got on his left ankle following last year’s SEC Championship game.
“We hate it for him. We hate it for his family. I hate it when any player on our team gets injured,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban following the game. “So Godspeed to him and his entire family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and hope this is not so serious it has any long-term effect on his future as a player.”
At the time of the injury, Tagovailoa was magnificent, going 14-for-18 with 256 yards and two touchdowns as Alabama was up 35-7. In what will likely be his final season with the Crimson Tide, the junior finished with 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Mac Jones will now take over as the new quarterback for the Crimson Tide. Jones, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., is 45-for 65 with 566 yards and four touchdowns. The bulk of those numbers came from his lone start against Arkansas right after Tagovailoa had surgery, where he went 18-for-22 for 235 yards and three touchdowns.
Jones and the rest of the Crimson Tide have two more regular-season games to make their case for why they should be in the College Football Playoff.
Next Saturday, Alabama hosts Western Carolina, then one week later, it goes on the road to face rival Auburn. Earlier this week, Alabama dropped to fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, just outside of a playoff spot, after losing a thriller to No. 1 LSU.