VIDEO: Tua Tagovailoa High School Football Highlights Showcase His Incredible Talent From Young Age
By Max Staley
Tua Tagovailoa is one of the best talents the college football quarterback position has seen in quite some time. Of course, injuries have historically held him back. But when he's healthy, it's not difficult to see why the Miami Dolphins were willing to gamble on the oft-injured passer at No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
And a quick look at his high school highlight tape proves Tua has always been a prodigious talent.
Tua Tagovailoa High School Highlights
Tua hit the ground running in high school, throwing for 2,583 yards, 33 touchdowns and 3 interceptions as a sophomore at Saint Louis High School in Hawaii. By the end of his high school career, he was invited to be a part of Trent Dilfer's Elite 11 program, handed out to the nation's best QB prospects. Tua was even named the MVP of that group.
He then took his talents to the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he backed up Jalen Hurts as a true freshman. Tua didn't play too often, but he famously showed up when it mattered most. He replaced Hurts in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Georgia, helping the team overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit by throwing for 166 passing yards and 3 scores en route to a shocking overtime victory.
Tua only improved from there, posting some of the greatest statistical seasons in NCAA history. In fact, he's the NCAA's all-time leader in career passer rating (199.4). That's a record he could hold for quite some time, as he's well-ahead of the second-place Kyler Murray (181.3).
Though injuries plagued Tua's legendary career, he still became the No. 5 overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. If he can stay healthy, it seems like the sky's the limit for Tua, especially if he looks anything like he did in his high school days.
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