Mac set the foundation for success stories participating on the inaugural 2014 GAIN Sports Bus Tour. A 6’0″, 160-lb quarterback entering his sophomore season did not provide expectation on his physique alone but by the time he took the field and showcased his swagger, natural release and arm talent, many coaches informed our staff he was the best quarterback in attendance among quarterbacks 2 or 3 years older than him. A well documented story through the 2014 tour, Mac established a relationship with Coach Shannon Dawson whom at the time was coaching at West Virginia University. Following the 2014 season, Coach Dawson departed to take over as offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky. His relationship with Mac continued which led to Mac’s first scholarship offer from Kentucky the summer of 2015 even though Mac had only started 4 varsity games at that point. Mac committed to Kentucky before the start of his junior season. Mac participated on the 2015 GAIN Sports Bus Tour and continued his rise to rank among the country’s best quarterbacks in the class of 2017 earning a spot in the Elite 11 competition and eventually committing to the University of Alabama!
Mac Jones makes his mark on A-Day
Jalen Hurts’ progress. Tua Tagovailoa’s injury. Mac Jones’ A-Day.
All three Alabama quarterbacks had their part in the spring football conversation. But Jones had the final word.
The backup quarterback earned MVP honors while leading the Crimson Team to a 24-12 win on A-Day. Jones went 23-for-35 passing for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while playing with the second team offense against the second team defense. Kicker Joseph Bulovas shared MVP honors with Jones.
On the Beat: Alabama’s forgotten man Mac Jones gets first big opportunity on A-Day
With Tagovailoa out with a hand fracture, the redshirt freshman and Hurts are the only scholarship quarterbacks available. Nick Saban likes to split the Crimson Tide into two sides for the final spring scrimmage and barring something surprising, Jones will lead the second-team offense for much of the day.
It’s his first big opportunity at Alabama, and first big chance to step out of shadows of the other two.
“I think Mac has made a lot of improvement,” Saban said. “He’s very competitive.”
Alabama’s Mac Jones volunteers regularly at soup bowl
Jones quickly found his place.
“Mac just kind of clicked,” Simmons said. “He’s helped cook. He’s served. He helped put up the Christmas tree. He’ll sweep, mop, whatever.”
He also socializes. Having an Alabama football player who cares is uplifting for many of the clients.
“He’s a big celebrity around here,” Simmons said. “It means a lot to a lot of people.”