Alabama in the Pros

Mac Jones is so dedicated he has his girlfriend go over the Patriots playbook with him

Mac Jones throws a pass for Patriots in preseason game versus Eagles
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Every great quarterback needs a support system.

Mac Jones’ family has supported his football dreams since childhood.

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His parents and siblings worked with him in the backyard and directed him to private quarterback coaches to help improve his training. His family played a role in his success at the University of Alabama; however, another person was also involved with Jones’ development. Sophie Scott, an alumna of UA, has been dating Jones since 2019. When a hip injury against Mississippi State forced Tua Tagovailoa to miss the rest of the 2019 season, Scott went to work helping Jones become comfortable as a starting quarterback. She drew plays for him, helped him dissect the playbook, and the two would perform walk-throughs.

Scott’s assistance allowed Jones to be successful versus Arkansas, Auburn (despite a loss), and Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.

She wanted her boyfriend to be the best, and he was during the 2020 campaign. Scott witnessed Jones set a single-season school record for passing yards (4,500) while earning multiple individual honors. He guided the Crimson Tide to an undefeated national championship and was selected in the first round (No. 15 overall) of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

Jones won the starting quarterback job, and his partner-in-crime is getting him ready.

According to an interview with Merloni & Fauria, Jones said Scott ‘helps him a lot’ with New England’s playbook.

“She does a good job,” Jones said. “Most of the time we walked through the plays in the yard. We do a lot of walk-throughs.”

The guys had fun with Jones during the segment, but it speaks to Scott’s determination in wanting her guy to succeed at the highest level. Jones proved his critics wrong in college, but he’s prepared to continue his progress in the pros.

He will face Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins to open the NFL season.

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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 “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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