MAC JONES

Michael McCorkle “Mac” Jones was born on September 5th, 1998 in Jacksonville, Florida. He played high school football at the Bolles School in Jacksonville. In his junior year in 2015, he led Bolles to the state regional final and would complete the mission in 2016 when he led them to a championship. He threw for 1,532 yards and threw for 29 touchdowns. Jones would go on to accept a scholarship from the University of Alabama even though he had originally committed to the University of Kentucky. As a result, 2018 was a lost season for him as he appeared in 14 of 15 games for the Crimson Tide, but as a placeholder for the kicker. As they say, the best is yet to come.

After an injury to Tua Tagovailoa, Jones took over as the starting quarterback. Jones would lead the team to a win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. His final stat line for the year was 14 TDs and 1,503 yards in 11 games. In the 2020–2021 season, he led the team to the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship over the Ohio State Buckeyes. For the year, he would throw for 4,500 yards with 41 TDs and only 4 interceptions. His 203.1 passer rating and 77.4 completion percentage were both NCAA season records.

Jones was then selected by the New England Patriots with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick chose Jones over former MVP Cam Newton as the starting quarterback in 2021, and Jones led the team to a 10-6 record through 16 games with an opportunity to do some damage in the playoffs. Like it or not, the Patriots are good again, and Mac Jones is a big reason why.

By STEVE FARACE
cinesportstalk.com 
@CineSportsTalk