Tua Tagovailoa rushes to defend Alabama’s benched QB Jalen Hurts

There’s no I in Tua.

Three days after leading Alabama to a second-half comeback to win the College Football Playoff national championship, freshman quarterback sensation Tua Tagovailoa rushed to the defense of benched starter Jalen Hurts, the player he replaced in Monday’s 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia.

Jalen Hurts gets benched at halftime and watches as his freshman backup leads big comeback.

Jalen Hurts gets benched at halftime and watches as his freshman backup leads big comeback.

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“Tired of people not appreciating the fact that if this man led us to the National Championship,” Tagovailoa posted Thursday on Twitter. “And for all the fans that are against Jalen, you against me too. You either WITH US or AGAINST US. Love you 2. #BigBroLittleBro @JalenHurts”

Alabama trailed 13-0 at halftime when Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban pulled Hurts and inserted Tagovailoa to open the second half. The freshman from Hawaii threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 41-yard pass to DeVonta Smith in OT.

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Hurts, who entered the game with a 25-2 record as a starter at Alabama, was just 3-for-8 for 21 yards in the first half.

Tua Tagovailoa becomes overnight sensation after leading Alabama to OT win over Georgia.

Tua Tagovailoa becomes overnight sensation after leading Alabama to OT win over Georgia.

(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hurts certainly handled the demotion with class, saying after the game: “We just won the national championship. I’ve got nothing to be sad about.”

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