Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his recent comments in which he revealed that he “would transfer out” had he not played in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
“I kind of got the wrong end when I seen it on ESPN,” Tagovailoa told Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham. “I think they most definitely took it out of context saying if I didn’t play I would’ve left and whatnot. And I think sometimes if you don’t stick it in, like what I said, if you don’t stick it in, if you just keep giving up, you won’t see the end result and what God has prepared, which is the blessing. I don’t think I would’ve experienced it if I left.
“I was talking about Fourth Quarter (Program) more-so. When we’re doing the first day of Fourth Quarter, I wanted to leave; I called my dad, I called back home and I told him I wanted to go to USC … After our running, I come back to the dorm that night after tutoring and I call my dad and I tell him, ‘Dad, we’ve got to go. I can’t do this.’ I mean, if I just didn’t stick it in through that whole time during Fourth Quarter, during spring ball, during camp and then during the season, I don’t think me and you would’ve been here talking right now.”
Tagovailoa was speaking to middle schoolers in Hawaii earlier this week when he revealed that he considered transferring and contacted his father wondering if he still had a scholarship offer from USC, according to Hawaii News Now’s Taryn Hatcher.
The former 5-star quarterback spent the majority of his freshman season behind former starter Jalen Hurts prior to taking over during the second half of the national championship.