Nick Saban assesses the play of QBs Mac Jones, Bryce Young
Leading up to the season, one of the main questions surrounding Alabama was whether Mac Jones or Bryce Young would get the call at quarterback with the departure of Tua Tagovailoa. Jones’ advantage was his familiarity with the offense as Tagovailoa’s backup last year, while Young, the true freshman, was one of the country’s most heralded recruits.
During Alabama’s 38-19 win at Missouri, the Crimson Tide used both. Jones got the start and was 18-of-24 for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns, before giving way to Young late in the 3rd with the game well in hand.
“Mac was really good tonight,” Tide coach Nick Saban said after the game, according to AL.com.
Saban complimented Jones’ chemistry with key receivers like Jaylen Waddle, who hauled in 8 catches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns.
And while it looks like the redshirt junior is QB1 going forward, fans know all too well about the recent history of backup quarterbacks in Tuscaloosa. With that in mind, the plan for Saban is to make sure Young is ready when his number is called.
“He’s the backup quarterback so we have to get him ready to play as well,” he said. “We probably sacrificed a little bit offensively by giving him the opportunity to do that. Obviously, he was a little anxious out there in terms of how he played. It will be something to learn from.”