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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Quote Originally Posted by TUSKaloosa View Post
    Watching his high school recruiting films.
    I follow recruiting closely and while I won't say while watching his high school tape since he was playing in Hawaii but I will say when he won the Elite 11 competing against other great high school talent and toasting them. Afterwards Trent Dilfer said he was by far the most talented physically and mentally that had ever competed in the event and that is when I knew he would be special. TBH, I did not know it would be quite this special however.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

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    A-Day his freshman year but few would believe me.
    I agree...but I just thought that our 2nd team DB's were that bad....was I ever wrong.
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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Know for certain? His first A-Day game. Have a strong suspicion? I followed him a bit once he announced to Bama, and especially during the Elite 11. As good as he was athletically, what most impressed me was his natural leadership skills. Every time I saw a photo or video of him around other players, all the kids naturally gravitated to Tua. That skill-set alone doesn't make a great QB, but you can't be a great QB without having it. And Tua has "IT".
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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    A-Day 2017 got my attention that he was Special.

    The Vandy game's Spin/Throw was the 1st WOW moment where I was 100% certain he was going to be something we've never seen.

    The Tennessee game's Rollout Dime through a 6-inch Window to Ruggs III was the 2nd WOW moment and had me wondering why he wasn't playing more/pushing for the starting job.

    The entire CFPNCG cemented what most of us thought his potential could be.... scratch that he exceeded expectations in that moment.

    But even after all that this year he has blown me away. I KNEW he was going to be Great/Special.... by my goodness he has been off the charts exceptional.

    He's the best College QB I've ever seen in 35+ years. He is 100% Peerless.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Vanderbilt. Anyone who can scramble like that and hit the WR on the money is a winner in my book


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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    I'm still waiting for him to impress me with something really good.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    First game this year, The TD in title game was awesome, but to see him come out and not let up one bit told me this kid is for real. NC game was a flash, but now we see it is just the way he is wound up. This kid is special, I cannot believe we are the lucky ones who landed him. This will be the start of great QB's wanting to come to Bama. This shows QB's we will throw the ball.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    The Vandy game I thought, this kid is pretty good, but itís Vandy. And stuff like that spin pass is a pick against better teams.

    When he came in for the Tennessee game I was convinced he was a better QB than Hurts. Even with the pick 6 I thought he outplayed Jalen significantly, but figured maybe he just didnít grasp the offense as well or something and that was keeping him off the field.

    The NC game is probably when I decided he was more than just a really good QB. To come in cold off the bench and lead a comeback with an offense that could hardly make a first down in the first half was amazing, and where I decided he was probably a generational player. And he hasnít let up yet this year.
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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Quickest release that I've ever seen in a Bama QB.
    That's what I saw from him very early.
    Then his field awareness was just uncanny. Combined with his confidence that only comes from knowing you have superior skills, makes him practically unstoppable.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    A-day game... his placement of the ball and touch was unbelievable. But you just don't know if his play that day was a fluke or not. He had a pass to someone, I think maybe Jeudy, where it was a soft lob compared to darts he was throwing earlier, but it was just spot on, the perfect touch needed at that time. That's when I thought, damn, this guy could be REALLY good.

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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Quote Originally Posted by Con View Post
    I will go with the Vandy game when he did the spin move and threw the ball on the money for a TD.
    I agree with this...

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    When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    I just rewatched the 2017 A-Day game (https://youtu.be/5Cl-BmH9SUI). Tua made plenty of really nice but looked inaccurate on lots of throws, too. He looked raw, which was not unexpected given that he should have been preparing for prom instead of playing college football. I donít remember being blown away at the time.

    My answer to the OP is probably the Vandy game.


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    Re: When was the moment you realized that Tua was something special?

    Quote Originally Posted by RammerJammer14 View Post
    The Vandy game I thought, this kid is pretty good, but it’s Vandy. And stuff like that spin pass is a pick against better teams.

    When he came in for the Tennessee game I was convinced he was a better QB than Hurts. Even with the pick 6 I thought he outplayed Jalen significantly, but figured maybe he just didn’t grasp the offense as well or something and that was keeping him off the field.

    The NC game is probably when I decided he was more than just a really good QB. To come in cold off the bench and lead a comeback with an offense that could hardly make a first down in the first half was amazing, and where I decided he was probably a generational player. And he hasn’t let up yet this year.
    I have to agree with this post. It was the NCG. The Vandy pass did have a lot of luck with it. If you look at it closely, their corner actually makes a false move back towards the goal line, leaving the receiver open in the back corner of the EZ. Otherwise, it might have been broken up or picked.

    At this point, I put him on a plane with Namath, whom I watched every week and actually played golf with offseason. Joe never had the wealth of talent at receiver that Tua has. I would have loved to see him take advantage of them, if he had. People unfortunately remember Joe when he was older and crippled. Younger, he was one of the most natural athletes I've ever seen and gave "wow" moments every week. Namath, Brees and Tua have the quickest releases I've seen by quarterbacks...
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