Tua’s brother Taulia Tagovailoa enters transfer portal hoping to reach sixth year of eligibility: report


Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is reportedly looking for his next chapter after spending four years at the University of Maryland.

Reports say Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, has entered the transfer portal, but it is still unclear if he will be able to play in 2024.

Taulia transferred to Maryland in 2020 after spending 2019 at Alabama, his older brother’s alma mater.

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Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looks to pass against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 30, 2022. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

He played five games with the Crimson Tide and 2020 was the COVID-shortened season. Because of that, Tagovailoa had an extra year of eligibility, which he used this season.

The question mark comes from his year at Alabama. Technically, he lost his redshirt eligibility by playing in five games, but Tagovailoa argues that he played in Alabama’s season finale to honor his older brother, who was leaving school to go to the NFL.

The younger Tagovailoa recorded statistics in only three of those games and threw just 12 passes in the five games.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looks to pass

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looks to pass during the game against Indiana at SECU Stadium in College Park, Maryland, on October 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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He opted out of the Music City Bowl against Auburn, finishing this season with 3,337 passing yards and a 66.4% completion rate. Tagovailoa threw for 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and also ran for five scores.

During his tenure at Maryland, he completed 67.1% of his passes for 11,256 yards, 76 touchdowns, and 37 interceptions.

Tagovailoa set a single-season school record with 3,860 passing yards in 2021 and led the Terrapins to three consecutive bowl appearances.

Aryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa runs

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa runs against Virginia Tech during the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York on December 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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Maryland went 8-5 on the season, with all five losses coming to Big Ten teams.

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