Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa praised fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts for sticking with the Crimson Tide, despite an interesting quarterback situation that unfolded this season. Tagovailoa was tabbed as the starter for the 2018 season after he took over for then-starting quarterback Hurts during halftime of the College Football Playoff national championship game against Georgia. Hurts had been Alabama’s starter during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. College Football Awards 2018: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa wins Maxwell Award Alabama found itself in an eerily similar situation as the national championship game when Tagovailoa went down with a sprained ankle during the SEC championship game last weekend. Hurts stepped in and rallied the Crimson Tide to a 35-28 victory over Georgia. Tagovailoa had surgery Sunday and is expected to be back with the team and practicing within two weeks, which means he could play in the Orange Bowl, according to The Athletic. Tua Tagovailoa injury update: Alabama QB sprained ankle in SEC championship game “(It’s a) testament to Jalen’s hard work he’s put in the offseason,” Tagovailoa said Thursday at the college football year-end awards after winning the Maxwell Award. “To character — it shows the kind of character he has, with his faith as well. The kind of background he comes from with his family support. I think it’s something very special for him to have stayed, and I definitely think he deserves everything that’s coming his way right now.“I think it’s a bigger testament to how he was raised, with his family, how they raised him. I think they’ve done a tremendous job with that. Jalen’s an all-around great person. He’s a great student, and on the field, he’s just a very good supporter to me and Mac Jones as well. Mac Jones is a great supporter of us. But you know, just an all-around great person.” Related News “You can look at it in two ways. You can look at it in a positive way, where OK, this is something that I’ve dealt with. How am I going to go about doing things now? Or you can look at it as, dang, I’m just gonna keep getting injured,” Tagovailoa said of his injury. “There’s either a positive or a negative, and I try to look at the positive side of it.“If it was meant for me to get hurt, it was meant for me to get hurt. I don’t know. I don’t know how life works. That’s just how it works sometimes. That’s just how the ball rolls. We’re dealt with adversity sometimes, and it’s just how you respond.”Top-ranked Alabama will face Oklahoma on Dec. 29 with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.