When the Manning Passing Academy announced that Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not attend the camp due to injury, many people started to gasp. The report is that the All-American has a hamstring injury and opted not to attend. Some people were insinuating how this could be a sign of the struggles Alabama will face this season. That certainly is not the case.
When a star football player has a nagging injury, the first priority is to get healthy. And that’s exactly what Tagovailoa is doing. While the Manning Passing Academy is considered the most elite passing camp for college quarterbacks, it wouldn’t benefit Tagavailoa to participate in his current condition. Alabama needs him to be healthy and ready to go for summer practice. Hamstring injuries are usually easy to treat, but they can be tricky. Playing through a tweaked hamstring can lead to a more serious injury. That’s something the Crimson Tide definitely doesn’t need in order to start strong in their 2019 College Football Playoffs campaign.
With Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma earlier this year, QB depth is a concern in Tuscaloosa this season. Mac Jones is the current backup and has only thrown 13 passes in his young career. Even with six quarterbacks on the roster, this group of passers is very green after Tua Tagovailoa. So keeping him healthy is the top priority. Especially when you consider the fact that he’s the top returning quarterback in the nation. Another thing to consider is that this isn’t his first injury that he’s nursed at Alabama. While all of his injuries have been nagging minor injuries, Tagovailoa has had issues ranging from his knees and feet, all the way up to his throwing hand. So taking extra precautions and skipping the Manning Passing Academy is the best decision for him. What’s more important is that not participating in the elite camp does not mean that Tua won’t be ready for the season.