When it comes to Alabama quarterbacks, everyone seemingly wants to talk about Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa. But what about Mac?
Mac Jones is the third face in the Crimson Tide quarterbacks room, even if most fans didn’t know it. And Alabama running back Damien Harris says he’s pretty good, too.
Jones, who probably is best known for his November DUI arrest, is trying to make his way as a young quarterback on a roster with two star signal callers ahead of him on the depth chart. During an interview conducted at the Sugar Bowl in January and published on Thursday, Jones told AL.com’s Michael Casagrande that the hype surrounding his teammates in the quarterbacks room can sometimes take its toll.
“Yeah, it’s tough sometimes hearing a lot about them,” Jones told AL.com. “But like I said, we have a good room and those guys work hard and I work hard. So, we’re all in it together.”
Jones is the only other scholarship quarterback on the Crimson Tide roster behind Hurts and Tagovailoa, so there’s a reasonable chance he could see the field during his second season on campus after mostly watching the Crimson Tide’s run to a national title during the 2017 season.
An early-spring thumb injury for Tagovailoa may result in more meaningful snaps for Jones, but more than anything probably serves as a reminder that he’s just a couple of bad breaks away from playing a very meaningful role for the defending national champions at the most visible position on the field.
If he is called into action, Harris has complete faith in Jones. In particular, Harris praised his “mind for the game” and his ability to understand defenses.
“People don’t think about him or talk about him much as a player,” Harris told Casagrande at the Sugar Bowl. “But I think one day he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”
Alabama fans hope they don’t have to find out, but that’s probably comforting to hear nonetheless.