There aren’t very many quarterbacks who have played better football so far this season than Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, and last Saturday’s game against Georgia was just another example of Jones silencing any critics about his game.
In the previous two meetings against Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs, Alabama quarterbacks have struggled mightily which is jarring when remembered the two were Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Each one did not finish the game they started and combined for a total of 185 yards on 13 of 33 passing for one touchdown and two interceptions. Jones went up against another scathing Georgia defense and was able to exceed those numbers.
In the first half.
Unlike the past two games, Alabama’s quarterback directed Georgia’s secondary, consistently throwing players open and putting up huge throws for huge gains and scores.
Jones is playing at a different level right now, one that neither Tagovailoa or Hurts reached this early in the season. Within the first four games of the season, Jones has passed for 1,518 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
He’s also passed for more than 400-yards in three straight game which no other Alabama quarterback has ever done in the history of the program.
Jones’ chemistry with wide receiver DeVonta Smith was also on full display as the two connected 11 times throughout the game for 167 yards and a pair of scores. The quarterback also showed a ton of trust in the senior receiver with a few 50/50 passes which resulted in positive plays for Alabama.
“That’s just us in practice, just getting chemistry down, and Mac just really just believing in me,” Smith said. “I always tell Mac, ‘Believe in me and I believe in you, and I won’t never let you down.’”
These types of numbers are almost becoming normalcy for Jones and Alabama’s offense which is yet to show any signs of struggle so far this year. And calling Mac Jones a Heisman Trophy contender is quickly becoming a mainstream take.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77