Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama Left Hander in The Building
Singing...Sweet home Alabama. Roll Tide Roll! Where the skies are so blue. Alabama's quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa is a left handed quarterback. Tua is considered a righty, but he throws left handed.
I am an Alabamian born and raised and for me not to blog about this priceless left handed throwing jewel we have at the University of Alabama would be just freaking disrespectful.
Check out this ESPN commercial. This is so true! Saying Roll Tide is like saying good morning, good night, take care and be safe:
Check out the amount of loyalty from Alabama fans singing Sweet Home Alabama:
Per Saturday Down South, Tagovailoa wasn’t always a southpaw, according to an AL.com report. In fact, Tua’s father, Galu — himself a left-handed thrower — turned his son into a lefty simply so he wouldn’t be the family’s only left-hander:
“I just always wanted someone to be a lefty with me. … It just became fluent and he just grew into it,” Galu Tagovailoa said. “That’s the crazy part about it. I never thought I could make him adapt to that. As we constantly kept putting the ball on his left hand, eventually he grew into throwing the ball with his left.”
So, we are going to categorize Tagovailoa as a primarily right handed (maybe ambidextrous??), but most definitely a left handed quarterback. What a heck of a categorization huh? LOL!
Per Analytics by Omar, left tackles are some of the highest paid players in football due to their duty of protecting a quarterback's “blind side.” However, if the quarterback is a lefty, the situation is flipped.
Another advantage of a “flipped” offense is actually on-field performance. While elite pass rushers attack the quarterback from all angles, they primarily line up on the right side of the defensive formation so as to attack the blind side. Having a left handed quarterback however will force defensive coordinators to make adjustments and potentially put their star pass rusher in situations which he is unfamiliar with.
The main negative point with regard to left-handed quarterbacks is about the way that the ball spins. Some receivers have complained about the difference.
Check out some of Tagovailoa's moves on the field:
Here's Tua Tagovailoa's biography per Wikipedia:
Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa (born March 2, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was born and raised in Hawaii.
Tagovailoa, the oldest of four children in a Samoan family, grew up with an intense interest in football. In a 2015 story in Sports Illustrated, his parents recalled that he slept with a football under his arm as a small child. During Pop Warner games when he was age 8, when his peers could typically throw a football little more than 10 yards, he routinely threw passes more than 30 yards. He was slow to grow into his body, but according to his high school coaches, "his Samoan genes finally kicked in" at about age 12.
His main inspiration during his youth was his grandfather Seu, who was respected enough in the local Samoan community that he was regularly addressed as "Chief". Seu believed that Tua would eventually grow into a football star, and he requested that Tua visit him after every game to give him a report, no matter the time of day, with Tua once visiting at 3:00 am. Tua was also pushed by his father Galu, a former junior-college player who returned to Hawaii to help support the family. Tua faced a crisis in the summer of 2014 when his grandfather unexpectedly died, and briefly considered quitting football until he and his father agreed that Tua could best honor Seu by continuing to play.
He was ranked as the number one high school player in the state of Hawaii of the Class of 2017 and attended Saint Louis School in Honolulu, the same school as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Mariota served as a mentor to him when they were growing up in Hawaii.
Here's Alabama's Football Schedule per ESPN:
|2018 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE SCHEDULE|
|Sat, Sept 1||
||8:00 PM ET ABC|
|Sat, Sept 8||3:30 PM ET ESPN2|
|Sat, Sept 15||
||7:00 PM ET ESPN|
|Sat, Sept 22||
|Sat, Sept 29||
|Sat, Oct 6||
|Sat, Oct 13||
|Sat, Oct 20||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 3||
|Sat, Nov 10||
|Sat, Nov 17||
|Sat, Nov 24||
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