FAU’s Kiffin says Dolphins should draft QB Tagovailoa

Field Level Media

November 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm.

Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin continues to recruit quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, this time suggesting the injured Alabama star should be playing for the Miami Dolphins next season.

Kiffin no longer has a say in where Tagovailoa will play next, although he did at one point. Kiffin was the Alabama offensive coordinator when he recruited the high school quarterback out of Hawaii to join the Crimson Tide.

“He’d be right here and obviously it sounds like they need a quarterback.” Kiffin said of joining the Dolphins, according to the Palm Beach Post. “It’d be pretty good for him. Weather is a bit like Hawaii for him so it’d be good for his family.”

The Dolphins have three first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. They even have a shot at the No. 1 overall selection, although at 2-8, they are ahead of both the Washington Redskins (1-9) and the Cincinnati Bengals (0-10) in the overall standings, with the worst team earning the top pick.

Tagovailoa saw his season come to an end Saturday when he dislocated his hip and also suffered a posterior wall fracture in the injured area. He had surgery to repair the injury on Monday in Houston.

The junior, who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting last season, passed for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns this season in nine games. He has 7,442 yards passing and 87 touchdowns over 32 games for the Crimson Tide.

“From a kid standpoint, awesome family, awesome kid; just, you know, one-in-a-million type deal,” Kiffin said.