Mark Ingram: Tua Tagovailoa can take Alabama to the title game


Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram of the Baltimore Ravens believes that Tua Tagovailoa can lead Alabama to the national title for the fifth year in a row.

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Though he might make his home professionally now with the Baltimore Ravens after eight years with the New Orleans Saints, running back Mark Ingram Jr. will always have a football home in Tuscaloosa with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner spoke with FanSided‘s Mark Carman on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box on behalf of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which drops on Oct. 25, about a lot of things, including his Ravens teammate Lamar Jackson’s NFL MVP candidacy, how the transition from New Orleans to Baltimore has gone and his thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa (50:45).

When asked about Tua’s chances of leading Alabama to a fifth-straight national championship game, no doubt Ingram had his alma mater’s quarterback’s back. “Of course. Is that even a question?” said Ingram. “Of course, Tua can take them. Everybody’s gotta be on the same page, everybody’s gotta keep improving, gotta keep getting better.”

So it seems that Ingram has no doubts that Tua will recover from his high ankle sprain to get Alabama back where it belongs by playing for national championships. Tua will miss this week’s game vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks, but Mac Jones should have no problem filling in for him, as the Hogs have been largely terrible under head coach Chad Morris for the last two years.

After a certain victory over Arkansas, things get a little more interesting for the Tide. They will face the LSU Tigers in two weeks in what should decide the SEC West division crown. Alabama still has to face the archrival Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl at regular season’s end. If the Tide get to Atlanta, they’ll face the winner of the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs for an SEC crown.

As long as Tua is healthy enough and can keep pace with Joe Burrow and the LSU offense, the Tide should be in great shape to make its sixth appearance in the College Football Playoff. They’d be a presumptive top-two seed, so Alabama should reach the national title. Anything short of that would be catastrophic. Frankly, anything less than a national title should be viewed the same way.

Here are a few other topics that were discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:

  • Ingram: It’s your fault for sleeping on the Ravens – 44:11
  • Ingram: Everyone on the Ravens loves Jackson – 44:33
  • Ingram: My son can play football if he wants, but there are other sports, too -51:55
  • Ingram: Ravens are going to the Super Bowl – 53:45

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