Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) works through drills with a thumb injury during the NCAA college football team's practice Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is back throwing in practice. Tagovailoa made some throws and handoffs Tuesday after injuring a finger on his left, throwing hand in the Crimson Tide's first spring practice. Coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa "has made a very nice recovery" over the past week. He said the freshman from Hawaii did have a broken bone but was able to grip the ball and "could throw a little bit." Tagovailoa is expected to compete with two-year starter Jalen Hurts for the starting job heading into next season. The former five-star recruit came off the bench to lead the Tide to a comeback win in the national championship game against Georgia in January. Saban says Tagovailoa has "a really good, positive attitude about it, and we feel good about where he's heading." ___ More AP college football: https://collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25