Nick Saban comments on Mac Jones' development, what the future holds for the Alabama QB
Mac Jones had plenty of doubters entering the season. He has none remaining after the epic season he just put together for the Crimson Tide.
In his first season serving as Alabama’s starting quarterback from start to finish, Jones broke the NCAA record for completion percentage — completing 311 of 402 passes (77.4 percent) — with 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
Of course, those numbers are even more impressive when you factor in Jones played against an all-SEC schedule before facing two Playoff defenses.
Following Alabama’s 52-24 victory over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Nick Saban was asked to share his thoughts on Jones’ development. Remember, Jones arrived at Alabama as a three-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
“I think Mac Jones had a phenomenal season,” Saban said on Tuesday morning after the title game. “I mean, the completion percentage that he had, the accuracy, the command of the offense, the understanding of coverage and getting the ball to right guys, consistency in performance, a guy that’s played awesome. He’s a very bright guy.
“I think it’s a lesson for a lot of people out there to look at how important it is to emphasize your development because each year Mac was here, he actually said to me on the stage last night when we were getting the championship trophy, he said, ‘Can you believe this, from a scout team quarterback to winning a national championship?’ I think sometimes people aren’t willing to make the kind of sacrifices that you have to make to go through that kind of development to eventually become the kind of player Mac has become.”
What does the future hold for Jones, who could jump to the NFL or could return to Alabama to compete with freshman sensation Bryce Young this spring?
“I think he has a very bright future,” Saban added. “We’ll actually talk about that sometime here in the next day or two. He has already graduated. He already has a master’s degree. He certainly had a great year.”