College football notebook: 'Good
chance' Tua plays vs. LSU
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[November 07, 2019]
Injured Alabama quarterback Tua
Tagovailoa has "a good chance" to play in the Crimson Tide's
Saturday home game against LSU if he continues to progress, coach
Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Speaking to ESPN, Saban said Tagovailoa has made strides, and that
mobility will be the key factor on whether the quarterback plays for
third-ranked Alabama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) against
second-ranked LSU (8-0, 4-0).
"It's still day-to-day, and you don't know what's going to happen
tomorrow or the next day, but he's moving around well and throwing
the ball with confidence," Saban said. "His mobility will be the big
question, but every day that's improved dramatically."
--Former Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano met with university
officials about returning to the job, and he apparently set
conditions the school must meet before he takes the post.
NJ.com reported that while the exact demands weren't known, they are
believed to include substantial improvements to football facilities
to bring them in line with those at other Big Ten campuses. That
could include a promise of construction of an indoor practice
Schiano also likely would earn an unprecedented salary for Rutgers,
equal at least with the seven-year, $33.25 million contract given
this week to Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck. Despite the obstacles,
there is university and community sentiment to bring back the
53-year-old Schiano, a New Jersey native who coached the Scarlet
Knights from 2001-11.
--Utah State leading tackler David Woodward is out for the season
with an undisclosed injury.
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Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) throws a pass
that was intercepted as Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Quavaris
Crouch (27) pursues during the first half of an NCAA football game
at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY
The junior linebacker registered 93 tackles and two sacks and also
forced four fumbles in the Aggies' first seven games before sitting
out Saturday in Utah State's 42-14 loss to BYU.
Woodward tallied a career-high 24 tackles in the Aug. 30 season
opener at Wake Forest, and he returned a fumble 8 yards for a
touchdown to cap a Sept. 8 victory against Colorado State.
--Saturday's scheduled game between Air Force and host New Mexico
has been postponed for two weeks due to the death of Lobos junior
defensive tackle Nahje Flowers.
Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said the game will played
be played Nov. 23 in Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico announced the death of the 21-year-old Flowers on
Tuesday. No cause of death was revealed.
--Field Level Media
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