Alabama’s College Football Playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of backup quarterback Mac Jones.
Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending injury in the Crimson Tide’s game against Mississippi State. He suffered a dislocated hip and fractured a bone as a result of the injury.
Now it’s up to Jones to lead Alabama in its final two regular season games against Western Carolina and Auburn. The Tide, despite playing with a backup quarterback and going on the road, are favorites to take down the Tigers next weekend.
For fans wondering if Jones has what it takes to lead the team, one of his current teammates has a story for you.
Alabama insider Charlie Potter shared a story from Alabama safety Jared Mayden about Jones’ time on the Crimson Tide’s scout team. As the story goes, Jones wouldn’t stop “throwing bombs” to wide receiver Tyrell Shavers.
Nick Saban wasn’t happy about it and said to Jones, “Man, stop throwing it to him all the time.” Mac Jones quipped back, “Well, tell your defense to stop it.”
#Alabama S Jared Mayden shared a great story of when Mac Jones was on scout team and "throwing bombs" to Tyrell Shavers.
Nick Saban: "Man, stop throwing it to him all the time."
Mac Jones: "Well, tell your defense to stop it."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 19, 2019
If true, it shows Jones has some moxie.
Jones is no scrub, by the way. He was the No. 18 pro-style passer in the 2017 class. He’s completed nearly 70-percent of his passes this season for 566 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception.
Now he’ll get a full game against an inferior FCS opponent to gear up for Auburn.