We might have seen the last of Alabama superstar Tua Tagovailoa as a member of the Crimson Tide. The record-breaking quarterback won't play another down of football in 2019, as he suffered a dislocated right hip in Alabama's 38-7 win over Mississippi State.
As out of the box as it sounds, Tua should consider going back to Alabama for his senior year.
"But he's just risking more unnecessary injury!" Yes, but would you be willing to spend a premium first-round pick on a franchise quarterback that just dislocated his hip? For a player who already had durability concerns, this is another unfortunate development.
Tua needs to prove that he can be the same dominant player post-injury, as that will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the injury is well and truly in the past and that he's ready to contribute to a team in 2021.
Throw in the rise of Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert and you can understand why Tua might want to come back.
Tua's college career might have ended on the field in Starkville, but he has a chance to firmly cement himself as a top pick in 2021, provided his hip can manage to stay in place and his ankle doesn't snap in half again.