SANDESTIN, Fla. — Alabama coach Nick Saban does not need his quarterback, Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa, to get comfy this offseason.
Talking at SEC spring conferences on Tuesday, Saban stated that whereas a sprained ankle suffered in the course of the SEC championship sport was partly in charge for Tagovailoa’s hiccups down the stretch final season, his efficiency also needs to function motivation shifting ahead.
Tagovailoa, who threw for three,966 yards and 43 touchdowns general, struggled in the course of the SEC and nationwide title video games. 4 of his six whole interceptions got here throughout these contests, together with a pick-six that gave Clemson its first landing en path to 44-16 blowout within the Faculty Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship.
“I feel that he has to problem himself to get again into nice form and overcome a few of the issues that occurred towards the top of the 12 months,” Saban stated of the rising junior. “And I feel he ought to take the notion that he has loads to show relative to how we ended the season.”
Saban added: “I feel the entire staff suits into that class.”
Saban started his feedback at spring conferences with a message to his staff, which returns its prime 4 receivers and several other key items on protection, together with linebacker Dylan Moses, lineman Raekwon Davis and security Xavier McKinney.
Mel Kiper Jr.’s first Massive Board of NFL prospects featured six Alabama gamers within the prime 25, together with wideout Jerry Jeudy at No. 1 and Tagovailoa at No. four.
“The query is,” Saban stated, “who right here on our staff is proud of the best way issues ended final 12 months? We’re definitely not. So we have talked loads concerning the Bama issue — enjoying with self-discipline, excessive commonplace of accountability and accountability, and doing all of your job at a excessive degree on a constant foundation and placing the staff first — and we’re definitely nonetheless engaged on that.”
Alabama opens the season in opposition to Duke on Aug. 31 in Atlanta.