June 17, 2021

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa to enter NFL Draft, but hip injury clouds his status

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced Monday he is entering the NFL Draft and closing the book on a college career that began with a splash and ended with a devastating hip injury suffered in a Nov. 16 game against Mississippi State. The serious injury made his draft status less clear, though Alabama team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain has said Tagovailoa’s prognosis is “excellent’’ and predicts a full recovery. Tagovailoa, the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, said during a news conference he’s optimistic he’ll be able to play next season, but said it’s hard to predict how high he’ll be drafted . . . After losing its top running back, Wisconsin is now losing its top wide receiver to the NFL. Quintez Cephus, a 6-foot-1-inch, 207-pounder who led the Badgers this season in receptions (59), receiving yards (901) and touchdown receptions (7), announced on Twitter and Instagram he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. The announcement came three days after record-setting junior tailback Jonathan Taylor entered the draft . . . President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the college football national championship game between Louisiana State University and Clemson University on Jan. 13 in New Orleans.

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