|No. 10 – New England Patriots|
|Born:||September 5, 1998|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||214 lb (97 kg)|
|High school:||The Bolles School (Jacksonville)|
|NFL Draft:||2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Michael McCorkle "Mac" Jones (born September 5, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, where he set the NCAA season records for passer rating and completion percentage in 2020 en route to winning the College Football Playoff National Championship. Jones was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Michael McCorkle Jones was born on September 5, 1998, to Gordon and Holly Jones in Jacksonville, Florida. His father played tennis at Florida State University and Flagler College. Mac's brother, Will, played soccer at Mercer University, while his sister Sarah Jane played tennis for the College of Charleston. Jones began playing football at five, for which he received Pop Warner Scholar recognition. Jones would later play high school football at The Bolles School.
After originally committing to the University of Kentucky, Jones accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. Jones arrived as an early enrollee, but was redshirted his freshman season in 2017. Jones was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and was suspended for the following game against LSU. After throwing for 289 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's spring game, Jones was named A-Day MVP.
In the 2018 season, Jones appeared in 14 of the Crimson Tide's 15 games, mostly as a holder on special teams. Jones added his name to the Alabama record book with a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle, the second-longest in school history, in a win against Louisiana.
Jones served as the starting quarterback for the second half of the 2019 season after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a severe hip injury. Jones made four starts for the Tide, beating Arkansas and Western Carolina before falling to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, despite throwing for four touchdowns and 335 yards. Jones then led Alabama to a 35–16 win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Jones finished the 2019 season with 14 touchdowns passes for 1,503 yards in 11 games.
During his sophomore year, Jones earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a 4.0 GPA. After the commencement ceremony, Jones announced he would return to Alabama as a graduate student.
With Tagovailoa departing for the 2020 NFL Draft, Jones took over as Alabama's starting quarterback. In a game against the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, Jones threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, helping Alabama win 41–24. On Halloween night, Jones and the Tide shut out Mississippi State 41–0. Jones threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns, all of which went to DeVonta Smith. In the Iron Bowl against Auburn, Jones threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns. The following week, Jones threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against LSU. With the win, the Tide clinched a berth in the 2020 SEC Championship Game against Florida. There, Jones threw for 418 yards and five touchdowns, with Alabama winning 52–46. They were selected to take on Notre Dame in the 2021 Rose Bowl semifinal game, where he would throw four touchdown passes on route to a 31–14 win.
Alabama would go on to win the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes 52–24, with Jones throwing for 464 yards and five touchdowns. Jones would finish the season throwing for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He was named the recipient of the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning Awards. He finished third for the Heisman Trophy, which went to his teammate Smith. Having earned his master's degree in sports hospitality with a 4.0 GPA, Jones also received Academic All-American of the Year honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America in both Division I football and all Division I sports for the 2020–21 school year. Following the season, Jones announced that he would forgo his senior year and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Led the NCAA|
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump|
|6 ft 2+5⁄8 in
|4.79 s||4.39 s||7.04 s||32 in
|9 ft 8 in|
|All values from Alabama's Pro Day|
One of the top quarterback prospects of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jones was projected to be taken in the first round. Although many analysts predicted he would be selected third overall by the San Francisco 49ers, Jones was selected 15th overall by the New England Patriots after the 49ers drafted North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. He was the fifth quarterback and the fourth of six Alabama players taken in the first round. Jones was also the first first-round quarterback drafted by the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $15.6 million fully guaranteed, on July 6, 2021.
Jones faced the Miami Dolphins in his NFL debut, pitting him against former Alabama teammates Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle. He made his first touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor and finished with 281 passing yards in the 16–17 loss. Having converted 29 of his 39 passes, Jones obtained the highest completion percentage for an NFL rookie in his debut at 74.4. Jones earned his first career win the following week with a 25–6 victory over the New York Jets, completing 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards while also defeating fellow rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. His 73.3 completion rate made him the first rookie quarterback to convert over 70 percent of 60 passes in his first two starts. The next week against the New Orleans Saints, Jones completed 30 of 51 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown, but also threw three interceptions, including his first to safety P. J. Williams and a pick 6 to safety Malcolm Jenkins. The Patriots subsequently lost 13–28.
In Week 4, Jones made his Sunday Night Football debut against the defending Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by veteran Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Jones completed 31 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 19 consecutive completions, the most for an NFL rookie since 1991 and tying the franchise record set by Brady in 2015. Despite his performance, the Patriots lost 17–19. Jones had his first fourth quarter comeback and game-winning drive during Week 5 against the Houston Texans when he helped the Patriots rally from a 9–22 deficit to win 25–22. He also became the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to complete over 70 percent of over 30 passes in four of his first five starts, along with tying Joe Burrow's record 135 completions for a rookie during his first five starts.
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