Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa says he would have transferred if he didn't play in title game Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Email comment 10:09 PM ET ESPN Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Thursday that he would have transferred from Alabama if he didn't play against Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Updating post-spring position battles for top 25 teams Alabama is like several other Top 25 teams after spring practice -- still needing to decide on a starting QB. Not only did Tagovailoa take over for struggling starter Jalen Hurts to start the second half, but his 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith on the second possession of overtime gave the Crimson Tide a 26-23 win and the championship. Tagovailoa reflected on his thought process at the time Thursday when speaking at his former intermediate school in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. "Even throughout my football season, I wasn't the starter," Tagovailoa told the students, according to Hawaii News Now. "I wanted to leave the school. So I told myself, if I didn't play in the last game, which was the national championship game, I would transfer out. If I gave in, I don't think I would have seen the end blessing of where I am now." Tagovailoa's thoughts leading up to the championship game weren't new; he told the students he had first considered transferring earlier in the season. "I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available," Tagovailoa told the students. "I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it'd be easier for me and wouldn't challenge me so much." Tagovailoa told the seventh and eighth graders his initial query about transferring wasn't well received by his parents, who told him he had to push through, according to Hawaii News Now.