“That’s what Steve Sarkisian told me, straight up. He said, ‘he refused to lose the job.’ Everyone in Tuscaloosa, everyone in the state of Alabama, everyone thought this was going to be Bryce Young’s job. And Mac Jones would not lose it,” McShay said. “You can see that resolve in him, the way he plays. You can see it when he’s warming up in games. Everything about him, I really appreciate and love the way he plays the game. He’s so intelligent in terms of what defenses are trying to throw at him and him adjusting to it. I think he’s going to have a lot of success. My next rankings, he’s going to be moved up at least inside the top 20.”
“I think Mac Jones had a phenomenal season,” Saban said Tuesday. “I mean, the completion percentage that he had, the accuracy, the command of the offense, the understanding of coverage and getting the ball to the right guys, consistency in performance, a guy that's played awesome. He's a very bright guy.”
Not bad for a former scout-team quarterback who began his career in the shadows behind Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.
In fact, Jones surpassed that duo during his lone season as the starter for Alabama. Through 13 games, the Heisman Trophy finalist set the school’s single-season passing record with 4,500 yards through the air. His 41 passing touchdowns were just two away from tying Tagovailoa’s single-season mark set over 15 games in 2018.
Jones also took down a pair of national records as well. His 77.4 percent completion rate tops the previous NCCA single-season best of 76.7 percent set by Texas’ Colt McCoy in 2008. Meanwhile, Jones’ 203.06 passer efficiency rating passed the NCAA single-season record of 201.96 set by LSU’s Joe Burrow last year.
I have no opinion one way or the other. I was just responding to the argument that Jones can’t possibly be good because no QB from Bama has been good since Namath. I leave the scouting and talent evaluation to the SR expertsA good point. How about this? Joe seems special, Mac does not. Just my opinion.
Jones is the man this year. Some team will dispel all of those that cast a negative view of Jones aside and will end up with a awesome QB for many years to come. Similar to what the Bills did with Allen.More discussion about Jones (and not NF10):
I was asking if it went that far back? I can’t think of a great QB to come out of Bama, heck I don’t even think Namath was special from what I’ve seen and read about him. I could surely be missing some, and I’m definitely no scout as I don’t even watch college football.I have no opinion one way or the other. I was just responding to the argument that Jones can’t possibly be good because no QB from Bama has been good since Namath. I leave the scouting and talent evaluation to the SR experts
You'd have to also include Jalen Hurts and Tua as Bama QBs as well.I was asking if it went that far back? I can’t think of a great QB to come out of Bama, heck I don’t even think Namath was special from what I’ve seen and read about him. I could surely be missing some, and I’m definitely no scout as I don’t even watch college football.
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