Former Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has entered the NCAA switch portal, telling ESPN in a cellphone interview Friday that he filed for a reinstatement waiver with the NCAA on Thursday for a sixth 12 months of eligibility.
Tagovailoa has performed 5 seasons, together with his freshman 12 months at Alabama in 2019. He went on to change into the Massive Ten’s all-time passing chief in his subsequent 4 seasons at Maryland, throwing for 11,256 yards. The 2020 season does not rely towards eligibility due to guidelines that emerged in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which might have left Tagovailoa one other 12 months if he had redshirted in 2019.
The waiver request is centered on Tagovailoa showing in 5 video games because the third-string quarterback at Alabama in 2019, taking part in simply two snaps in opposition to Duke and one other two at Mississippi State. He performed 22 snaps the ultimate week at Western Carolina. The utmost threshold for redshirting is taking part in in 4 video games.
Tagovailoa mentioned the waiver request for including again the 12 months of eligibility stems from the circumstances across the two video games during which he performed a complete of 4 snaps. He entered in the course of the remaining snaps of a 38-7 blowout at Mississippi State as a approach to honor his brother, Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a extreme hip damage in the course of the recreation.
Maryland filed the waiver on behalf of Tagovailoa on Thursday. He was not sure of the standing however mentioned Alabama has been supportive of him within the course of and that there aren’t any exhausting emotions towards the teaching workers for the choice.
“It is with the NCAA proper now,” he mentioned. “We’re all only a ready recreation on seeing if it will get accredited or not.”
There is no indication on a timeline. Tagovailoa mentioned he’s exploring returning to varsity to assist higher his draft inventory. He’s projected as a Day 3 choose and hopes one other 12 months might assist him.
He has 77 profession landing passes, one among which got here throughout that 2019 season at Alabama. He accomplished greater than 66% of his passes throughout his remaining three seasons at Maryland.
“Simply to higher my draft inventory,” Tagovailoa mentioned of his objectives on the sector. “I feel with one other alternative and one other 12 months of school, I can elevate that to a Day 1. Clearly, that is the aim. I’ve the expertise to get higher. I’ve seen the defenses earlier than.”
Requested what he would say to the NCAA, Tagovailoa responded that he would not need 4 snaps — two on the finish of two totally different blowouts — to “stop me from taking part in one other 12 months of school soccer whereas starting coursework for my grasp’s diploma.”