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Mac Jones threw for 289 yards in Alabama's A-Day game.

Alabama football: Mac Jones ‘proved’ he needs to be a part of quarterback competition

Matt Speakman

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Mac Jones enters quarterback race?

After a stellar spring game, many are calling for quarterback Mac Jones to enter the race to be the starting signal caller for Alabama. The battles has been mostly a two-man race between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. But Tagovailoa missed the spring game, so Jones got his chance to star. He threw for 289 yards on 23-of-35 passing. He connected on 2 touchdown passes and threw 1 interception. Jones and kicker Joseph Bulovas took home MVP honors. That big performance convinced a lot of people that Jones needs to be seriously looked at for the starting job. Running back Damien Harris said Jones “proved” that he needs to be given a shot.

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New wave of defenders

Alabama will usher in a new wave of defenders this season. The Crimson Tide lost most of their starters to graduation or the NFL draft. Alabama will have a whole new starting secondary and two new middle linebackers. In the spring game, players at those positions appeared to be ready to step up. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs look like leaders. Our own Christopher Walsh predicted the depth chart on defense after the A-Day game.

Painful defeat

Football defeats do not come often at Alabama. This last senior class lost only five times in four years. One of those seniors, defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, had to relive his most painful defeat. He picked the loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game in January 2017 where Alabama lost on a last-second touchdown pass.

“So you train all year, you came up with a plan, a master plan,” Hand told Greg DePalma on the OFN Meeting Room podcast. “You sharpened your tools, and it took you 365 days. And then when the time came, you had the water buffalo, because that’s going to provide you and your tribe with food and nourishment for the whole year. And it just slips through literally at the last second.”

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