MIAMI, FL (WSFA) - All eyes will be on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leading up to Saturday’s Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.
The sophomore quarterback is still rehabbing from ankle surgery he underwent earlier this month.
Tagovailoa said during Thursday's Media Day session he is 80-85 percent right now, but he hopes to be 100 percent come Saturday.
"I believe we'll be able to feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket, moving around. You know, yesterday (Wednesday) was a testament to that. I got the opportunity to do a lot of things in practice that I wasn't able to do the last week. The expectation is that I'd be at 100 percent for Saturday and I'd be able to play."
Alabama coach Nick Saban also commented on Tagovailoa's recovery Thursday.
"Tua has had a good week this week. He's done things in practice that make you feel as though he doesn't have lingering issues. He's been able to move around in the pocket. He's been able to throw the ball in the run. Last week when we were practicing back in Tuscaloosa, there were signs that maybe he wasn't a hundred percent, but it seems like this week he's getting closer and closer to that," Saban stated.
Tagovailoa has passed for 3,353 yards this season with 37 touchdowns. He has only thrown four interceptions.
Tagovailoa and the Tide take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl Saturday at 7 p.m.