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Name: Mac Jones 
College: Alabama     Number: 10
Height: 6-2   Weight: 214
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2022

40 Low: 4.82
   40 Time: 4.90
  40 High: 4.98
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: POBrien...2019: Backup w/97-141-1503-14-3-68.8 pass, 16-36-2.3-1 rush, 1--1--1.0-0 rec in 4 sts, 12 gms in '19. Backup w/5-13-123-1-0-38.0 pass, 3--8--2.7-0 rush in 14 gms in '18.

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  10/23/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Alabama redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones leads the nation in passing efficiency and is coming off three consecutive 400-yard performances entering this week's game at Tennessee. Kentucky completed more than 81% of its passes during last Saturday's 34-7 humbling of Tennessee inside Neyland Stadium, averaging 8.2 yards per completion. The Volunteers will face the nation's top statistical quarterback this week when No. 2 Alabama arrives along with Mac Jones. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound redshirt junior from Jacksonville, Florida, is completing 78.3% of his passes this season, with many of his attempts not nearly as conservative as what the Wildcats displayed.

Jones is averaging a whopping 16.9 yards per completion, with his 12 touchdown tosses averaging an eye-popping 37.3 yards. "Mac was the scout-team quarterback when I was the defensive coordinator there," Tennessee third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt said this week. "When you look at how much he's improved in four years, it's really interesting. When he was a scout-team quarterback compared to four years later - it just shows you over time when you're in the same system you can continue to develop. He's really done a nice job doing that. "He came in last year and played well, and he's playing at a really high level right now with a lot of confidence." - Chattanooga Times Free Press


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  10/23/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  There is no such thing as a foregone conclusion in the wild world of college football, particularly this season in the world of COVID-19 where the unpredictable is predictable. Perceptions could change when the Big Ten and other conferences finally kick off starting this weekend. But for the moment, There's an air of inevitability developing around the notion that Clemson and Alabama are unstoppable forces again destined to square off for the national title and that the Heisman winner will be the quarterback of one of those programs. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence continues to hold the lead in the weekly USA TODAY Network Heisman survey. He tossed five more TD passes last week as the Tigers routed Georgia Tech, though he did throw his first interception of the season. He has 15 scoring passes thus far in 2020 and a total of 1,544 yards.

Alabama's Mac Jones was every bit as impressive in the Crimson Tide's win against Georgia in a top-five showdown. He moved 14 points closer to Lawrence in the survey and added three first-place votes to last week's total. Jones' first pass was picked off, as well, on his first attempt of the game, but he bounced back to add four TDs to his ledger, bringing his season total to 12 with 1,518 yards. Jones' teammate, running back Najee Harris, is also on the radar in fifth place with the most points among non-quarterbacks. - Montgomery Advertiser


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  10/21/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  One week after becoming the first quarterback in Alabama history with back-to-back 400-yard passing games, Jones upped the streak to three games in a row. Against Georgia's top-ranked defense, Jones was 24 of 32 for 417 yards with four touchdown passes. In the Tide's last three games, the redshirt junior has thrown for 1,269 yards with 10 touchdown passes and a 79-percent completion percentage. - Birmingham News

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  10/19/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  OCT 19 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama,...The junior quarterback was in complete control of a commanding 41-24 victory over No. 3 Georgia...Produced a 219.5 passer rating against the nation's top-ranked defense...Threw for 417 yards while completing 75 percent (24 of 32) of his passes with four touchdowns...Recorded his third straight 400-yard passing game while averaging 17.38 yards per completion and 13.0 per attempt...Registered eight explosive plays 15 yards or more, including scoring strikes of 40, 17, 90 and 13 yards...Was 4 of 5 for 202 yards and two touchdowns on passes 30-plus yards down the field against the Bulldogs...Accounted for 19 first downs through the air...Leads the nation in yards per completion (16.87) and yards per attempt (13.2), while ranking second in completion percentage (78.3) and passing yards per game (379.5). - SEC Football

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  10/18/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones' rise from little-known backup to Tua Tagovailoa last season to Heisman Trophy candidate this season reached a check point Saturday night against Georgia. Jones, whose statistics through three SEC games this season compared to those of Tagovailoa the past two seasons, still had something to prove. The fourth-year quarterback scorched Ole Miss' defense last week, completing 88 percent of his passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns. But the Rebels had allowed an FBS-worst 600 yards per game, a far cry from the nation's best defense that would test Jones under the lights in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jones answered the call and continued to show the college football world he is a strength, not a liability, on a team that increasingly looks like it will go only as far as its offense takes it this season.

Alabama overcame another game of early defensive lapses to win, 41-24. Jones completed 24 of 32 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Entering the game with the country's best passing efficiency rating, 220.3, Jones hardly skipped a beat in compiling a 219.5 rating against a Georgia defense that had given up the nation's third-lowest mark (99.0) before Saturday. "I think Mac did very well," Nick Saban said. "He stayed in a good place. He had his eyes in the right place, most of the time on most of the reads. He played really well." - Birmingham News


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  10/17/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama's aerial assault picked apart No. 3 Georgia's heralded defense in the second half of a 41-24 victory Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (4-0), with coach Nick Saban stalking the sideline after a COVID-19 scare, rallied with three touchdowns in a 10-minute span starting late in the third quarter of a battle of the Southeastern Conference's last remaining unbeatens. The nation's top scoring offense ultimately got the decisive upper hand in a battle with the Bulldogs (3-1) and one of the nation's best defenses.

Georgia had no answer for Jones and star receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, especially with Alabama's own beleaguered defense grabbing two second-half interceptions and three overall. Smith caught 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter that effectively put it out of reach. Waddle caught a 90-yard touchdown pass and gained 161 yards on six catches. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  10/17/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  The only unknown surrounding Alabama's national title chances is how it would replace quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. It took Jones three games to prove that wouldn't be a problem. He's completing 79.5 percent of his passes for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns while only being sacked twice. So far his impressive wins are against No. 13 Texas A&M where he threw for four touchdowns and guiding the Crimson Tide through a shootout with Ole Miss. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  10/17/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Legends leave long shadows - something nobody needs to tell Mac Jones. Signing in the same class as Tua Tagovailoa before waiting his turn three seasons, Jones is still connected to the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick. "Yeah, but how does that compare to Tua..." It remains an FAQ after Jones' hot start to his first season as the catalyst of Alabama's offense and there's easy way to draw parallels. The 2020 season is just so absurdly different from any previous years. Here we are in October staring down a three-game, conference-only statistical sample size. But there are a few ways to measure these things with a healthy number of asterisks and caveats in play. Statistically, Jones' first three games stack up similarly to Tagovailoa's open to the 2019 season. Jones has 104 more passing yards on eight more attempts and a slightly better completion percentage. The beginning of the 2018 season had a different dynamic with Jalen Hurts sharing more of the load and Tagovailoa throwing 41 fewer passes in three games compared to 2019. "Mac's doing a good job of taking the spot of 13," Alabama running back Najee Harris said Monday. "He's living up to everything." - Birmingham News

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  10/12/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  In his first three games as the full-time starter, Jones has struck the tricky balance of being both efficient and explosive. He completed 28 of his 32 passes against the Rebels, continuing a trend after completing nearly 75% of his passes against Missouri and Texas A&M. Jones did not rack up that completion percentage on short and safe throws, averaging 13.03 yards per attempt for a total of 417 yards. Alabama's rushing attack drew scrutiny after two weeks, as it averaged 3.44 yards per carry over 64 attempts. It was better against the Rebels (Najee Harris ran for over 200 and cracked the top 10 in school history, Brian Robinson Jr. ran for over 75), but it may not need it at all points in time with the way Jones is performing at the moment. - Montgomery Advertiser

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  10/12/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  If a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup can be a Game of the Century, this might be it. No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday after the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs held their spots behind No. 1 Clemson in the latest AP Top 25. The Tigers received 59 first-place votes, but don't be surprised if that changes dramatically after Georgia and Alabama square off. In college football history, the No. 1 vs. 2 regular-season matchups usually get the Game of the Century moniker. There have been 24 of those in the history of the AP poll, dating to 1936, including LSU-Alabama last year.

The 2-3 game has been even more rare. This will be the 17th in the regular season, not including conference championship games, and the first since Ohio State and Michigan played one in 2016. You might remember it for an overtime spot on a critical fourth down that went the Buckeyes way. Some of the other notable 2-3 games include: 1992 Miami-Florida State, aka Wide Right II; Colorado's breakthrough victory against Nebraska in 1989; and Minnesota beating Michigan 7-6 on the way to the 1940 national championship in the first 2-3 game. - AP College Football


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  10/09/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones' career performance earned him another honor Tuesday morning. After being named SEC offensive player of the week Monday, the Alabama quarterback was announced as the Maxwell player of the week. The national honor is selected by the Maxwell Football Club, the same group that presents the Maxwell Award to the nation's best college football player in December. Tua Tagovailoa was the Maxwell player of the week for his 2018 performance against Texas A&M, then again last year in a win at South Carolina. He also won the Maxwell player of the year in 2018 when finishing second in the Heisman voting.

Jones set career records with 435 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama's 52-24 win over Texas A&M. His 94.1 QBR was the second-best nationally among quarterbacks playing Saturday. "Well, Mac's matured," Nick Saban said Monday. "And that, I think there's a lot more confident now. I think he knows what he has to do to stay focused and play the next play. And he's, you know, he played within himself very well in the first two games and that's something that we want him to continue to do so I was pleased with the way he responded after the tip ball interception on Saturday." - Birmingham News


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  10/05/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  OCT 5 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama,...The junior quarterback turned in a career game in a 52-24 win over then-No. 13 Texas A&M. ...Passed for a career-best 435 yards, completing 74.1 percent of his passes...Tossed a career-high four touchdowns including strikes of 78, 2, 87 and 63 yards...Posting a passer rating of 250.9 while averaging 16.1 yards per attempt and 21.75 yards per completion...Completed nine passes of 15 yards or more, including his third career pass of 85-plus yards (most by any Alabama QB)...Leads the nation in passer rating at 222.1. - SEC Football

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  10/05/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has an embarrassment of weapons to work with. But with SEC level defenses to fend with each week, the best offense can be temporarily neutralized without good quarterback play. While Harris is a legit Heisman Trophy candidate, the Tide running game has yet to be a threat. Thus, Alabama's more dependent on the junior from Jacksonville, Florida. He's more than up to the task. He's confident, and it shows. What else would you expect from a four-star prospect who stayed committed to Nick Saban even after Alabama landed Tua Tagovailoa in the same signing class? Since taking over for Tagovailoa at the end of the 2019 season, Jones has grown into the role while evolving from caretaker to incumbent to unquestioned leader. The Bryce Young Era awaits. But this is Mac Jones' team now. And in a year off the unexpected, his eye-popping performances are becoming the norm. - Montgomery Advertiser

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  10/03/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones passed for a career-high 435 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of deep throws to John Metchie III and an even longer one to Jaylen Waddle, and No. 2 Alabama romped past No. 13 Texas A&M 52-24 on Saturday. Briefly threatened early, Jones and the Crimson Tide (2-0) flexed their considerable big-play muscle in the passing game to put away the Aggies (1-1). Jones topped that with an 87-yard TD to Waddle, who had sprinted past two Aggies defenders to make the grab with nothing but green in between himself and the end zone. Metchie and Jones hooked up for a 63-yarder in the fourth, giving the sophomore five catches for 181 yards.

Jones finished 19-of-26 passing for a second straight surgically precise performance marred by one interception off a deflection. Waddle had 142 yards receiving and his touchdown catch was tied for the fifth longest in program history. It came after three Alabama penalties in four plays. Jones' three career pass touchdowns of 85-plus yards are the most by a Tide quarterback. Najee Harris rushed for two short touchdowns and safety Daniel Wright scored on a 47-yard interception return against Kellen Mond. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  09/30/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Former Kentucky commit Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns despite sitting for part of the third and all of the fourth quarters at Missouri, helping Nick Saban improve to 14-0 in season openers with the Crimson Tide. A date with Texas A&M seems appetizing on paper, but Saban's 7-1 record against the Aggies (the loss came in 2012, their first SEC meeting) raises an eyebrow. Nick Saban says: "I think the spirit of the game was different in terms of having fans but I don't think the competitive spirit that the players played with and how they played and how hard they tried, I don't think that was any different than it ever is." - Herald Leader

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  09/29/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  In the real world, Alabama comes off a 38-19 win over Missouri with no quarterback controversy at all. Mac Jones is the clear-cut starter, with freshman Bryce Young still on what Nick Saban euphemistically described in his Saturday night postgame as a "learning curve." Jones, who played only a couple of series after halftime, threw for two touchdowns, both to Jaylen Waddle, and would have had a third had Waddle not been ruled down inside the 1-yard line after touching the pylon with his empty hand rather than the one with a football in it. Jones showed a good touch, good leadership and the ability to take a hit. "That's the way Mac's played (in practice)," Saban said. "He's done a really good job. I thought he played well tonight. They have a good defensive team. Those guys are physical. They're tough. They play a lot of close coverage, a lot of man-to-man. and they're a good front seven. I thought Mac handled the game really well. I thought he made good choices and decisions. He was accurate with the ball. I was very, very pleased with the way Mac played." - Montgomery Advertiser

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  09/26/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters of work, many of his throws landing in the capable hands of Jaylen Waddle, and No. 2 Alabama began its Southeastern Conference-only schedule with a 38-19 romp over rebuilding Missouri on Saturday night. Waddle finished with eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Najee Harris ran for 98 yards and three more scores, helping the Crimson Tide spoil the debut of new Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz and win their 27th straight over the SEC East before a COVID-19-curtailed crowd of 11,738 fans at Faurot Field. TCU transfer Shawn Robinson, who started for the Tigers over Connor Bazelak, threw for 185 yards and a score. Bazelak also got a few series and was equally ineffective against Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II and the rest of the Crimson Tide defense, which kept Drinkwitz's creative offense out of the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

Bazelak added a touchdown scamper on the final play of the game for the final margin. Alabama's long wait to start the season actually began with a thud - a three-and-out on offense. But after forcing a three-and-out of their own, Jones began to find his wide receivers downfield and the Crimson Tide got rolling. At one point, the only question was who was going to score their touchdowns. Harris had the first on a short plunge, and Waddle hauled in 18-yarder for the second a few minutes later. Waddle looked like had another on the Tide's ensuing possession, but a review ruled that he hit the pylon before crossing the goal line and Harris wound up poaching the touchdown for his second of the game. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  09/18/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Mac Jones had a strong scrimmage Saturday and Saban gave an appraisal of where the fourth-year junior stands. "When Mac stays in himself and is concerned about doing what he's supposed to do and executes and does the things that he's coached to do, he's very, very effective," he said. "When he stays focused on the play, doesn't get upset about what happened on the play before, he's very, very effective. He has shown an ability to do that much better this year. I think it's a sign of maturity and understanding what he has to do to play winning football at his position." - Birmingham News

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  07/20/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Mac Jones, Alabama,...The Crimson Tide's backup quarterback who assumed the starting role following a season-ending injury to Tua Tagovailoa at Mississippi State in 2019...played in 12 games with four starts and finished 97-of-141, totaling 1,503 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. - Alabama Football

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  07/14/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  The lack of organized spring practices didn't help Bryce Young's bid to win the starting job over Mac Jones. Remember Tua Tagovailoa flashed some of what was to come in that 2017 A-Day game -- an opportunity this top-ranked QB didn't have. That said, Young has the mindset and talent to make a push when he actually takes the field for his first Crimson Tide practice. Jones has the experience edge entering his fourth season in Tuscaloosa. He knows the receivers and had time to develop the chemistry that can be a difference maker. Jones also played well in a loss at Auburn and delivered a few big plays in the Citrus Bowl win over Michigan. - Birmingham News

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  07/07/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is recovering following heart surgery performed last week, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. Sarkisian, 46, had successful heart surgery in Birmingham on July 2, according to a statement released by the athletics department. It was the result of an annual physical exam that uncovered a congenital cardiovascular anomaly. "He is back home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery," the statement concluded. The former head coach at Washington and USC is entering his second season as Alabama's offensive coordinator. He held the same job with the Atlanta Falcons from 2017-18 after serving as an analyst with the Tide in 2016. Sarkisian was set to take the Alabama offensive coordinator job in 2017 before heading to the Falcons. - Birmingham News

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  05/20/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  In addition to excelling on the field, Alabama's football team has been excelling in the classroom. The Crimson Tide football team posted a program-record Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 990, according to figures released by the NCAA this week that cover the four-year period from the 2015-16 through the 2018-19 school years. That score (990) is 22 points higher than the national average for FBS football teams and ranked second-best in the SEC. The football team was one of 13 Alabama programs to post APR figures above the national average in their respective sports.

The basketball team was another one of those 13 programs. Like the football team, the basketball team had an APR score of 990, which was 24 points higher than the national average for FBS basketball programs. "Our latest NCAA APR numbers show that we remain steadfast in The University of Alabama's overarching mission to provide a top-notch education while providing a strong springboard to future success," Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said. "Our dedication to that mission is campus wide and it shows." - Birmingham News


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  05/13/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  NFL teams are only in the beginning stages of evaluating Jones, who started four games last season but was never considered a candidate to declare for the 2020 draft as an early entrant. Jones is one of eight quarterbacks on the radar of the Senior Bowl, although with two years of eligibility remaining, it is not a lock Jones would enter the NFL draft this winter, Dickinson said. Jones' performance in the Iron Bowl left plenty for NFL teams to digest. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns but also gave points back on a pair of pick-six interceptions. "He had a couple unfortunate situations," Dickinson said. "Ball spun off of the running back [Najee Harris'] back and they had the pick six. That doesn't happen very often."

Jones faced an Auburn defensive line that included a first-round pick (Derrick Brown) and second-round pick (Marlon Davidson) in April's draft, as well as Nick Coe, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. The quarterback's resiliency in the game impressed Auburn's defenders as well as his private coach. "I think he played more comfortable than he thought I might," Dickinson said. "I thought after he made a couple mistakes that he came back and did some really good stuff." Listed at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Jones falls below what would be considered an ideal size for his position at the NFL level, which is why Walker wants to see Jones continue to bulk up as his college career progresses. - Birmingham News


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  05/12/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Speculation of a TCU and Alabama football match-up to start the 2020 season at AT&T Stadium has been building for a couple days now. ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum addressed the chatter on national airwaves Tuesday morning. But TCU is shooting down the speculation as just that - speculation. For now, at least. There's been no official talks between the schools. "We are preparing to play Cal in Week 1," TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati told the Star-Telegram. "If we determine at some point that we cannot do so, we'll look at other options."

Donati said that a decision on what do to about the opponent for that Week 1 contest needs to be made by around July 1. Why is this match-up speculation gaining momentum? Well, both schools are set to face Pac-12, California-based schools to open the season. TCU is scheduled to play at Cal on Sept. 5, while Alabama and USC are scheduled to meet at AT&T Stadium that day. But the Pac-12 has discussed playing a conference-only schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic. That would limit the amount of travel and exposure those teams would face this fall. - Fort Worth Star


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  03/05/20 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  The Tua Tagovailoa era is over at Alabama and nobody knows for certain when the Bryce Young era will begin. Young is five-star headliner of the Crimson Tide's 2020 recruiting class who ranks second nationally by 247 Sports among all prospects. He will eventually lead its offense. Until then, the top candidate to start at quarterback is Mac Jones. The former three-star prospect from Jacksonville barely cracked the top 400 players in the class of 2017. He was mostly unknown nationally until injuries to Tagovailoa thrust him into the spotlight last season. Now the redshirt junior is Alabama's incumbent starter who owns the shortest odds among his teammates to win the Heisman Trophy. "He always kind of soaked everything in and tried to put himself in a good position to be successful," said former teammate Jalen Hurts last week. "Now it's his time. I wish him nothing but the best." When opposing defenders from those teams were polled about Jones last week at the NFL combine, one common theme stood out: Jones earned respect by showing resiliency during games. "He was composed," Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson said. "He played actually pretty good. Even though he had me and Derrick [Brown] on him all game, he stood in there and took it. "He was just there and was like, 'I want some more.' Got back up and kept fighting, trying to will his team to win." - Birmingham News

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  11/23/19 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in little more than a half and No. 5 Alabama began life without Tua Tagovailoa with a 66-3 romp Saturday over FCS Western Carolina. With Tagovailoa watching much of the game from a cart behind the bench, the Crimson Tide (10-1) treated its injured quarterback to a one-sided show against the Catamounts (3-9). Alabama is ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and hoping to somehow make the field despite failing to win the SEC West. This one was about taking care of business five days after Tagovailoa underwent surgery on his right hip. It wasn't the type of game for impressing the selection committee.

Alabama forced five turnovers, including Xavier McKinney's 81-yard interception return for a touchdown, and got big plays from Jones and wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Jones completed 10 of 12 passes with only one attempt after halftime in his second career start. Smith had four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns, including a 57-yarder when he juked a defender before sprinting to the end zone. Waddle produced 101 yards and took a screen 54 yards for a touchdown, then returned a punt 49 yards to near the goal line on his next touch. Tagovailoa's absence gave his younger brother, Taulia, a chance for his most extended action. The freshman came into the game with 12:12 left in the third quarter and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith on his first attempt. Alabama scrapped plans to redshirt the four-star recruit, who already had played in four games. - Alabama/AP College Football


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  10/27/19 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Alabama didn't get caught looking ahead to the massive next game or slow down much even with Tua Tagovailoa stuck watching from the sidelines. Mac Jones passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns filling in for an injured Tagovailoa and the top-ranked Crimson Tide coasted to a 48-7 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. Even without the Heisman Trophy candidate Tagovailoa, the Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and Jones only played one drive into the second half. The Razorbacks (2-6, 0-5) couldn't muster much challenge on either side of the ball in what turned into a drama-free tuneup for Alabama's game in two weeks against No. 2 LSU. Tide coach Nick Saban didn't have to gripe about players swallowing the "rat poison" of media and fan hype about the next game. "This was a game that if we'd taken any rat poison, we wouldn't have been focused on this game at all, based on everybody else," Saban said. "The community, the media, the fans and the questions I get asked on the radio show. "I get asked about the next game and we had this game. I was really pleased with the way they stayed focused on what they had to do in this game." Jones completed 18 of 22 passes and finished up with a 40-yarder in the end zone for his second touchdown throw to Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy caught seven passes for 103 yards with Jones & Co. proving they can still deliver some big plays even without Tagovailoa. "I felt really prepared and we were prepared," Jones said. "It's football and I've been playing since I was 5 and everybody around me has been playing since they were 5. So no big deal." - Alabama/AP College Football

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  10/25/19 - QB Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Alabama's mantra of "Next man up" for overcoming injuries will be put to the test this week against Arkansas. With injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out, sophomore Mac Jones is in. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will turn to Jones on Saturday night against Arkansas as Tagovailoa is sidelined with a right ankle injury. Jones must go from unknown understudy to one of college football's stars to leading man -- at least for one game. "Mac's got to be the leader of the team," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's got to take over the team. When you're the backup player, you're a little bit like the sparring partner, but you can't be that anymore.

"You're the lead fighter. You're the top dog. You've got to do things with confidence. You've got to take command. You can't have bad body language in front of your teammates, regardless of what happens." Alabama (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) remains a 32-point favorite over the Razorbacks (2-5, 0-4), who are coming off a 51-10 loss to No. 9 Auburn. One of the main questions outside the team has already been whether Tagovailoa will return for a Nov. 9 showdown with No. 2 LSU after an open date. But first things first for Alabama. Jones gets center stage for a change after replacing Tagovailoa in the second quarter against Tennessee. "I've got as much faith in Mac as I've got in any quarterback here," Alabama tight end Miller Forristall said. - AP College Football


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