Tua Tagovailoa Could Still Break His Own Record if He Plays Just One Snap in the Citrus Bowl

Zach Brunner
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Former Heisman favorite Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury back in November, ending his tremendous season early. This injury also hurt Alabama. Having Tua on the field against Auburn could have gone a long way in the Crimson Tide's quest for a bid to the College Football Playoff. However, if Tua plays just a single snap in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan, he would be eligible to break one of his own records.

Last season, Tua set the all-time FBS record at 199.4 passing efficiency. While that's impressive, it may not stand long, with three performances besting his mark this season, including Tua himself, before the injury.

Tua has the top passing efficiency in the country in 2019, at 206.9. However, he is ineligible for the record books, unless he is on the field for at least one snap in Alabama's bowl game.

If he does not play in the Citrus Bowl, Tua is at risk of losing his record to Jalen Hurts (200.3) or Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow (201.5). The rule states that a player must participate in 75 percent of their team's games in order to qualify. While he has as of now, once Alabama plays its bowl game, that will no longer be true for Tua, unless he suits up and plays at least one snap.

Alabama has not said what their plans are with Tua for the Citrus Bowl, but at this point, it would be pretty shocking to see Nick Saban put him in harm's way for the sake of a record.


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