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Tom Rinaldi of ESPN highlights Mac Jones’ journey in leading Alabama to the CFP

Mac Jones comes out of tunnel for Alabama at SEC Championship Game
Adam Hagy - USA TODAY Sports

For Mac Jones, this season has been epic.

To go from being doubted to becoming a Heisman finalist is an understatement, especially when one looks at what went in to his incredible campaign as a first-year starting quarterback for Alabama football. In a society where it becomes easy to quit and leave a situation that does not suit an individual, Jones wanted to be developed and he enjoyed the pressures of constant competition.

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He learned behind two outstanding leaders, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, and despite not being the popular name in the preseason, every critic has felt the shame of counting him out.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has accomplished so many things — both on an off the field — however, none of it happens without a work ethic and a supportive family.

Jones has both in spades.

During an ESPN feature with Tom Rinaldi, the redshirt junior relives his journey to the University of Alabama, the goals he created for himself, the lessons he took from Hurts and Tagovailoa, the encouragement he received from his family, and the competitive spirit he carries that guided him on a meteoric rise in an unprecedented year. Jones is the fifth 3,000-yard passer (3,739) of the Nick Saban era and he will lead his team against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Rose Bowl at AT&T Stadium.

A huge performance may earn him the Heisman Memorial Trophy, but Jones is eyeing a national championship.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith

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