Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa released several videos on his instagram account this week showing off his rehabilitated hip.
Tagovailoa had surgery on his dislocated hip in November in Houston. The season-ending injury happened in the third quarter of a game at Mississippi State.
He was hampered with an ankle injury in the 2018 season and the latest injury has brought into question his durability for a career in the NFL.
In the videos, Tagovailoa is showing off his footwork to let scouts and fans know he is healthy and ready for the NFL Draft. He is projected as a top five, first-round pick.
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Practicing social distancing with the long ball today. Feels good to spin it again.🤙🏾 #Process
Here is a look back at the top five Tua moments from his Alabama career.
5. Big day
Date: Sept. 28, 2019
Opponent: Ole Miss
Moment: This wasn’t just one moment. It was seven. Tagovailoa completed a school record six TD passes (five to his favorite target DeVonta Smith) in the 59-31 win. He threw for 418 yards on 26 of 36 passing. He ran for a touchdown for good measure to account for seven total scores, another school record.
Why it was big: This put the rest of the SEC and the rest of the country on notice that Tua is the top quarterback in the land.
4. Glimpse of the future
Date: Sept. 23, 2017
Moment: Tagovailoa, a freshman, was put in for starter Jalen Hurts with the Crimson Tide up 45-0 on the Commodores in the third quarter. Tua took a first-down snap and dropped back into the pocket. With pressure coming, he stepped up to avoid one tackle, spun around another defender, took a quick peek downfield and zipped a pass to the end zone as the pocket collapsed on him. Wide open in the end zone was DeVonta Smith for the touchdown.
Why it was big: That was Tua’s first big ’wow’ moment and let Crimson Tide fans know what was coming down the road.
3. Had to have it
When: Jan. 8, 2018
Moment: Facing 4th-and-4 from the Bulldogs’ 7 and trailing 20-13 with just under four minutes to play, Alabama had to have a touchdown. With the freshman Tagovailoa under center, he scrambled out of the pocket when the play wasn’t there and improvised to find Calvin Ridley in the end zone for the game-tying score.
Why it was big: It was a critical moment for Alabama. If it didn’t score there the chance of winning the national title game was next to nil. Tagovailoa stepped up in a must-score situation and delivered.
2. Run Tua, run
Date: Nov. 3, 2018
Moment: Tua entered the game a little gimpy with a sprained right knee. Alabama led the Tigers 16-0 in the third quarter and on third-and-8 from the LSU 34, Tua dropped back and was met with pressure. He stepped up and saw nothing but green grass in front of him and took off. He sprinted untouched to score a touchdown for the exclamation point on a dominant Alabama victory.
Why it was big: The moment showed to the rest of the country Tua’s toughness and he can still dominate a game despite being injured.
1. Signature moment
Date: Jan. 8, 2018
Moment: Was there any doubt this would be No. 1? After taking a 16-yard sack on Alabama’s first play of overtime in the national title game, Tua responded with a perfect touchdown strike to DeVonta Smith for the walk-off win. He set up the play by looking right to move the safety just enough to create a window for Smith.
Why it was big: The play was something you normally see from a seasoned veteran, not a true freshman, on the biggest stage. This play let folks know Tua is not just a physically gifted athlete, but smart as well.