Hamilton beat out the Riders on a technicality to put freshman University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the Ticats negotiation list, according to TSN’s Scott Mitchell.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) January 10, 2018
The Hawaii native came off the bench in the second half of Monday night’s College Football Championship game to lead the Crimson Tide to a 26-23 overtime win over the University of Georgia. Tagovailoa completed 14-of-24 passes for 166 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, including the game-winning 41-yard touchdown strike in OT.
Current Ticats head coach June Jones coached Tagovailoa during his senior year in high school when he threw for 3,932 yards and 43 touchdowns, leading St. Louis to the 2016 District 1 State Championship. He chose Alabama over LSU, Oregon, UCLA and USC.
Tagovailoa attended the same high school as Hamilton’s starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.
So with his Ticats connections, it’s appropriate that Tagovailoa is Hamilton property.