Alabama’s Jones is playing the long game
As an early dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy, we present for your consideration Mac Jones.
Indeed, in their redshirt junior quarterback, the No. 2 Crimson Tide have a signal caller who has vaulted himself into the conversation for college football’s top individual honor with monster performances in the season’s first two games.
In the opener of their SEC-only schedule against Missouri, Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters of work as the Tide rolled to a 38-19 blowout win.
Then a week later at home against Texas A&M, Jones aired it out early, connecting with WR John Metchie for a 78-yard score on the offense’s third play from scrimmage. Another 87-yard touchdown to WR Jaylen Waddle would follow in the third quarter in what would be a career-best 435-yard, four-TD performance for Jones in a 52-24 domination of the then-No. 13 Aggies. His play earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Maxwell Player of the Week honors.
It may be a small sample size but his numbers through two games certainly make a compelling Heisman argument: 38 of 51 passes completed (a 74.5 percent rate) for 684 yards and six touchdowns against one interception. True, he plays with a great offensive line and some of the best playmakers in college football and but he still has to get the ball to them. And that he has done with frequency – so far.
Jones and the Tide can be seen in action Saturday, Oct. 31, when they defend home turf from Mississippi State in a game airing in prime time on ESPN.
Full name: Michael McCorkle “Mac” Jones
Birth date: Sept. 5, 1998
Birth place: Jacksonville, Fla.
Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/214 pounds
College: Alabama (2017-present)
Honors and achievements: SEC Offensive Player of the Week; Maxwell Player of the Week (both Week 2, 2020)