Alabama will head into the Iron Bowl this year with backup quarterback Mac Jones at the helm after starter Tua Tagovailoa suffered a serious hip injury a few weeks back. One of Jones’ former teammates is sticking up for him heading into the matchup.
This week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, in one of his dumber rants, joked that he “doesn’t want to see” Alabama in the College Football Playoff with Jones at quarterback.
He went as far as to suggest that Jones is a “scrub” compared to Tagovailoa.
That didn’t sit well with former Alabama running back Damien Harris, who took to Twitter to throw a little shade at Smith. Harris didn’t seem angry about the whole thing, but the fact that he tweeted about it in the first place shows he was bothered by it.
Just because you respect Alabama doesn’t mean you can disrespect Mac Jones. Y’all really acting outta line lol https://t.co/PvdQQhHzSs
— Damien Harris (@DHx34) November 27, 2019
As great as Tagovailoa is, Smith’s argument still doesn’t make any sense.
Yes, anyone who loves college football wants to see the best players on the field. But we’re just a few years removed from Cardale Jones – Ohio State’s third-string quarterback entering the season – leading his team to a national championship.
Point is, sometimes, you can have amazing storylines even if the best players are injured.
Regardless, Alabama has to take care of business against Auburn first if there’s to be any College Football Playoff talk. The Iron Bowl kicks off Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.