Alabama Fans Will Love What Kyler Murray Said About Tua Tagovailoa
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray may have beaten Tua Tagovailoa out for the Heisman Trophy this season, but there is definitely a strong degree of mutual respect between the star quarterbacks.After the Heisman decision was announced, Tagovailoa gave Murray a special floral lei to celebrate his accomplishment. The two have spoken highly of each other in public as well.Today, Murray was asked by Tulsa World columnist Guerin Emig if he expects Tagovailoa to play against the Sooners in the Orange Bowl. The standout sophomore injured his ankle in Alabama’s SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.His status for the game has yet to be determined, but Murray certainly thinks Tagovailoa will be out there.“He’s a competitor,” Murray told Emig.I asked Kyler Murray if he thinks Tua is going to play in the Orange Bowl. “He’s a competitor. It’s the game before the national championship. I expect him to play. #Sooners #RollTide— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) December 12, 2018College football fans should be rooting for Tagovailoa to play. Jalen Hurts is a capable replacement, and his story of perseverance is praiseworthy, but a showdown between the top two finishers in the Heisman would be incredible.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29.ESPN will broadcast the game.