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Taulia Tagovailoa, a rising second-year quarterback who appeared on the Alabama depth chart behind her brother Tua last year, will be transferred to Maryland:
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Tagovailoa entered the NCAA transfer portal on May 8, by Matt Zenitz from AL.com, and many reports have explained why.
Aaron Suttles from The Athletic said: “Sources have indicated that he has spoken openly about the transfer several times. The writing was on the wall. “
Chris Kirschner from The Athletic added these comments: “Going back to my Bama recruiting roots, Taulia told me many times how he only wanted to go to Alabama because it would be easier for his parents to go to the games . He didn’t want to be in Tua’s shadow. ”
Tua Tagovailoa is now a Miami Dolphin after finishing fifth overall in the NFL in 2020.
As for Taulia, Mike Rodak from AL.com put it as a backup on the team depth chart behind starter Mac Jones in March. Paul Tyson and Bryce Young are the other quarterbacks on the team.
Jones, a rising junior, took over as Alabama started when Tua suffered a hip dislocation late in the season in November. For the season, Jones completed 68.8% of his passes for 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Crimson Tide went 3-1 in their starts, which included a 35-16 victory over Michigan in the citrus bowl.
Tyson is a 4-star rookie from Trussville, Alabama, and the great-grandson of legendary Crimson coach Tide Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Young is expected to be Alabama’s quarterback. 247Sports ranked him as the second best overall hope in the class of 2020.
Taulia has a lot of competition for the starting role, but he is a full fledged quarterback, launching for 3,728 yards and 35 touchdowns in his final year at Thompson High School Alabaster, Alabama.
Note, 247Sports listed him as their No. 5 professional-style quarterback. His offer list included LSU, Michigan and Oregon.
Now he joins the Terrapins, where he joins a depth chart which includes Josh Jackson, Tyler DeSue and Lance Legendre.
The Terps are scheduled to open their season on September 5 against Towson, although it depends on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fall college athletics.