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The Way It Is: Episode 4 – The rise of Mac Jones to be Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2020

Mac Jones of Alabama holds the 2021 CFP Trophy
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The rise of Mac Jones to be a starting quarterback for Alabama football is Few one of the best stories of the Nick Saban era.

Few saw the former three-star from Jacksonville (Fla.) in the 2017 signing class emerging to be the Crimson Tide starting quarterback in 2020. Jones played very well in the 2019 Iron Bowl versus Auburn, tossing four touchdown passes.

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People held his two interceptions — both returned for touchdowns — against him, but Jones positioned the Tide with an opportunity to win the matchup. Bryce Young, a five-star from California, was expected by most to win the job in 2020.

Jones used moments he had in practice running scout team in 2017 to take the job in 2020 and lead the Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship. In the fourth episode of “The Way It Is” podcast, I recapture a moment from an Alabama practice in 2017 that gave me the confidence that Jones would not only be a starting quarterback but also get the team to a national title.

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

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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