Ole Miss prepares for Tua and the Tide
He has a last name that goes against the way your brain wants to say his name, but for opposing defenses, the toughest thing about Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa isn’t how to pronounce his last name.
Through two games, Tua is completing passes at a clip of 71 percent to go along with six passing touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s also a good runner, but hasn’t had to do too much of that so far this season.
Considering their defensive performance, or lack thereof, in the first half against Southern Illinois last weekend, the Rebels know Tua and the tide can be a four quarter nightmare. Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke said, “His ability to close plays, you watch their first touchdown against Louisville, he extends the play and makes a play with his feet, keeps drives going on third down by going out of the pocket.”
Ole Miss defensive tackle Josiah Coatney said, “He’s like every other Alabama quarterback they had in the last two to three years. Guy can throw, guy can run so just make plays. Just gotta be honest, know what plays you got to execute, just execute your plays. Be disciplined.”
Ole Miss gave up 629 yards of total offense to Southern Illinois in Saturday’s 76-41 victory.