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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa sprained ankle vs. Georgia

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Nick Saban got choked up in postgame reflection on Jalen Hurts

Nick Saban got choked up in postgame reflection on Jalen Hurts

A slow build has given way to a resounding finish, flipping the Heisman Trophy conversation on its head and giving the nation plenty to talk about in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff.

Eleven months later, against the same opponent, in the same stadium, facing a similar situation, the tables were turned. The second was to his right ankle, which was stepped on accidentally by an Alabama offensive lineman.

Afterward in an on-field interview, Nick Saban got emotional and choked up while talking about Hurts.

Crimson Tide backup quarterback Jalen Hurts' stellar performance got a lot of attention, but fans and media couldn't help but feel sorry for the Bulldogs too. "I told him when we put him in when Tua got hurt, 'It's your time.' He certainly took advantage of it and did a fantastic job".

"All year, I've kind of been waiting on my opportunity", Hurts said. "For what he's done this year, I can't even tell you".

The junior quarterback threw for one touchdown and ran for another with a little more than a minute left on the clock, rallying the top-ranked Tide to a 35-28 victory over No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Tagovailoa struggled mightily in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Jalen Hurts, his backup and hero against Georgia, had a minor procedure on his ankle in the middle of the season that knocked him out of two games and limited him down the stretch.

Update: Tua Tagovailoa actually underwent surgery on the ankle injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship Game, according to Aaron Suttles of The Athletic.

Tagovailoa won the starting job in preseason practice and performed brilliantly during the regular season, throwing 36 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.

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