Mac Jones

Michael McCorkle "Mac" Jones (born September 5, 1998) is an American football quarterback who played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He won two College Football Playoff National Championships with Alabama, one as a reserve quarterback in 2017 and one as a starter in 2020. He also won several awards and honors in 2020, including the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning Awards. He was also a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy that year, which went to his teammate DeVonta Smith.

Mac Jones
Mac Jones One UA.jpg
Jones in 2020
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 10
PositionQuarterback
Class
Redshirt
Junior
MajorBusiness communication
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolThe Bolles School (Jacksonville, Florida)
Personal information
Born: (1998-09-05) September 5, 1998 (age 22)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight214 lb (97 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Early life and high school careerEdit

Born Michael McCorkle Jones on September 5, 1998, to parents Gordon and Holly Jones, he grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] His father played tennis at Florida State University and Flagler College. Mac's brother, Will, played soccer at Mercer University,[2] while his sister Sarah Jane played tennis for the College of Charleston.[3] Jones began playing American football at five, for which he received Pop Warner Scholar recognition.[citation needed] Jones would later play high school football at The Bolles School.

College careerEdit

2017Edit

After originally committing to the University of Kentucky, Jones accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama.[4][5] Jones arrived as an early enrollee, but was redshirted his freshman season in 2017.[6] Jones was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and was suspended for the following game against LSU.[7][8][9][10] After throwing for 289 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's spring game, Jones was named A-Day MVP.[11]

2018Edit

In the 2018 season, Jones appeared in 14 of the Crimson Tide's 15 games, mostly as a holder on special teams. Jones added his name to the Alabama record book with a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle, the second-longest in school history, in a win against Louisiana-Lafayette.[12][13][14][15][16]

2019Edit

Jones served as the starting QB for the second half of the 2019 season after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a severe hip injury.[17][18] Jones made four starts for the Tide, beating Arkansas and Western Carolina before falling to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, despite throwing for four touchdowns and 335 yards. Jones then led Alabama to a 35–16 win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Jones finished 2019 with 14 TD passes for 1,503 yards in 11 games.

2020Edit

With Tagovailoa departing for the 2020 NFL Draft, Jones would take over as Alabama's starting quarterback. In a game against the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, Jones threw for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns, helping Alabama win 41–24. On Halloween night, Jones and the Tide shut out Mississippi State 41–0. Jones threw for 291 yards and 4 TDs, all of which went to Devonta Smith. In the Iron Bowl against Auburn, Jones threw for 302 yards and 5 touchdowns. The following week, the Jones threw for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns against the LSU Tigers. With the win, the Tide clinched a berth in the 2020 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators. There, Jones threw for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns, with Alabama winning 52–46. They were then selected to take on Notre Dame in the 2021 Rose Bowl semifinal game, where he would throw four touchdown passes on route to a 31–14 win.

Alabama would go on to win the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes 52–24, with Jones throwing for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jones would finish the season throwing for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He was named the recipient of the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning Awards. He was also named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which went to his teammate DeVonta Smith, the first wide receiver to win the award since 1991. Following the season, Jones announced that he would forgo his senior year and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

StatisticsEdit

Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2018 6 0 5 13 38.5 123 9.5 1 0 143.3 3 -8 -2.7 0
2019 11 4 97 141 68.8 1,503 10.7 14 3 186.8 16 36 2.3 1
2020 13 13 311 402 77.4 4,500 11.2 41 4 203.1 35 14 0.4 1
Career[19] 30 17 413 556 74.3 6,126 11.0 56 7 197.6 54 42 0.8 2

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash Vertical jump
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 32.5 in
(0.83 m)
All values from Alabama's Pro Day[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pepper, Cole. "From Jacksonville to Heisman finalist: Mac Jones football journey through the eyes of his parents". news4jax.com. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Will Jones – Men's Soccer Roster". Mercer University Athletics.
  3. ^ "Women's Tennis – Sarah Jane Jones". College of Charleston.
  4. ^ "Alabama seeking 'next best guy' at QB behind Tagovailoa and Jones". The Montgomery Advertiser.
  5. ^ Eagle, Alex Byington For the. "Third string QB Mac Jones throws for nearly 300 yards in Alabama A-Day game". Dothan Eagle.
  6. ^ Estremera, Cody (September 5, 2018). "Back line becoming an asset for Alabama soccer".
  7. ^ "Alabama quarterback Mac Jones charged with DUI". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Niesen, Joan (April 24, 2018). "Six players who helped their own cause in spring ball". SI.com.
  9. ^ Smith, Stephen M. (August 30, 2018). "Damien Harris on QB Mac Jones: "His confidence has skyrocketed"".
  10. ^ DoctorWhosOnFirst (August 14, 2018). "Alabama Football Film Room: Mac Jones, the oft overlooked quarterback". Roll 'Bama Roll.
  11. ^ Jones, Ben (April 21, 2018). "Mac Jones makes his mark on A-Day". TideSports.com. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Stephen M. (October 1, 2018). "WATCH: Tide QB Mac Jones adds his name to record book".
  13. ^ DoctorWhosOnFirst (September 30, 2018). "Mac Jones earns place in Alabama record books". Roll 'Bama Roll.
  14. ^ Smith, Stephen M. (March 17, 2019). "It's time for Mac Jones to rise and he looks to be ready".
  15. ^ Writer, Drew TaylorStaff. "Thousands of Alabama fans support football team during parade celebration". Tuscaloosa News.
  16. ^ Jones, Ben (April 21, 2018). "Mac Jones makes his mark on A-Day".
  17. ^ Waack, Terrin (April 3, 2019). "Mac Jones proving himself as an Alabama quarterback".
  18. ^ "Mac Jones Is No. 3 On Alabama QB Depth Chart". BamaOnLine.
  19. ^ "Mac Jones College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  20. ^ "Mac Jones Combine Profile". nbcsports.com. Retrieved March 23, 2021.

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