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Mac Jones
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Jones with the New England Patriots in 2021
No. 10 – New England Patriots
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-09-05) September 5, 1998 (age 23)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:The Bolles School (Jacksonville)
College:Alabama (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
TDINT:22–13
Passing yards:3,801
Completion percentage:67.6
Passer rating:92.5
Rushing yards:129
Rushing touchdowns:0
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 as a junior en route to winning the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. Selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jones became their starter at the beginning of his rookie season.

Early life and high school

Michael McCorkle Jones was born on September 5, 1998, to Gordon and Holly Jones in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] His father played tennis at Florida State University and Flagler College. Mac's brother, Will, played soccer at Mercer University,[2] while his sister Sarah Jane played tennis for the College of Charleston.[3] He worked as a child model and actor, making appearances in commercials.[4]

Jones played high school football at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, under head coach Corky Rogers.[5][6][7] During his junior year in 2015, Jones led Bolles to the state regional final. As a senior in 2016, Jones led Bolles to the Florida 4A title, throwing 29 touchdowns while passing for 1,532 yards.[8]

College career

2017

After originally committing to the University of Kentucky, Jones accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama.[9][10] Jones arrived as an early enrollee, but was redshirted his freshman season in 2017.[11] Jones was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and was suspended for the following game against LSU.[12][13][14][15] After throwing for 289 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's spring game, Jones was named A-Day MVP.[16]

2018

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.[17][18][19][20][21]

2019

Jones served as the starting quarterback for the second half of the 2019 season after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a severe hip injury.[22][23] 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.[24] Jones then led Alabama to a 35–16 win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.[25] Jones finished the 2019 season with 14 touchdowns passes for 1,503 yards in 11 games.[26]

During his sophomore year, Jones earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a 4.00 GPA.[27] After the commencement ceremony, Jones announced he would return to Alabama as a graduate student.[28]

2020

With Tagovailoa departing for the 2020 NFL Draft, Jones took over as the starting quarterback for Alabama.[29] In a game against the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, Jones threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, helping Alabama win 41–24.[30] 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.[31] In the Iron Bowl against Auburn, Jones threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns.[32] The following week, Jones threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against LSU.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35]

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.[36] Jones finished the season throwing for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.[37] His 203.1 passer rating and 77.4 completion percentage were both NCAA season records.[38] He was named the recipient of the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning Awards.[39][40] Jones finished third for the Heisman Trophy, which went to his teammate Smith.[41] Having earned his master's degree in sports hospitality with a 4.00 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.[42][43] Following the season, Jones announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.[44]

Statistics

Legend
NCAA record
Led the NCAA
Bold Career high
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2018 6 0 5 13 38.5 123 9.5 1 0 143.3 3 −8 −2.7 0
2019 11 4 97 141 68.8 1,503 10.7 14 3 186.8 16 36 2.3 1
2020 13 13 311 402 77.4 4,500 11.2 41 4 203.1 35 14 0.4 1
Career 30 17 413 556 74.3 6,126 11.0 56 7 197.6 54 42 0.8 2

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2+58 in
(1.90 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
32+58 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.83 s 1.70 s 2.76 s 4.39 s 7.04 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from Alabama's Pro Day[45]

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.[46][47][48][49] He was the fifth quarterback and the fourth of six Alabama players taken in the first round. Jones was also the first quarterback drafted in the first round by the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993.[50] He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $15.6 million fully guaranteed, on July 6, 2021.[51]

2021

Following the preseason, Jones was named the Patriots' starter for 2021. Jones beat out incumbent starting quarterback Cam Newton, who was released during the final roster cuts.[52] He became the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for the Patriots since Bledsoe in 1993.[53]

In his NFL debut, Jones completed 29 of 39 passes for 281 yards and made his first touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor in a 16–17 loss against the Miami Dolphins. He also set the NFL completion percentage record for a debuting rookie at 74.4.[54] Jones' first win came the following week over the New York Jets, where his 73.3 completion rate made him the first rookie quarterback to convert over 70 percent of 60 passes in his first two starts.[55][56] In a Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Jones threw for 270 yards and one touchdown, but also had three interceptions, including his first to safety P. J. Williams.[57]

Jones made his Sunday Night Football debut in Week 4 against the defending Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Although the Patriots lost 17–19, Jones had 19 consecutive completions, the most for an NFL rookie since 1991 and tying the franchise record set by Brady in 2015.[58] 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 tied Joe Burrow's record 135 completions for a rookie during his first five starts.[59] Two weeks later, Jones won his first home game during a 54–13 rout of the Jets, where he threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns before backup Brian Hoyer relieved him in the final minutes.[60]

The Week 7 victory began a seven-game winning streak for the Patriots, with Jones completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,397 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions. Amid the streak, Jones was named Offensive Rookie of the Month for November.[61] One of his strongest performances occurred with a 45–7 win against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10, where he became the first Patriots rookie quarterback to have three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game since Butch Songin in 1960.[62] In the following week's 25–0 shutout over the Atlanta Falcons, he completed 84.6 percent of his passes, making him the first NFL rookie quarterback to have consecutive games with a completion percentage over 80.[63] Facing heavy wind conditions in the Week 14 win against the Buffalo Bills, Jones made only three passes, the second-fewest by a winning team since the Bills in 1974.[64] New England's winning streak ended with consecutive losses against the Indianapolis Colts and Bills, where Jones recorded two interceptions in each game.[65][66]

After a Week 17 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones became the first Patriots quarterback other than Brady to clinch a postseason berth since 1998. He also broke the franchise record for rookie touchdown passes at 21, a feat previously held by Jim Plunkett in 1971.[67] Jones finished the season with 3,801 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and a 67.6 completion percentage, which were the highest among rookie quarterbacks in 2021.[68] Additionally, Jones was the only rookie quarterback in 2021 to obtain a winning record and playoff berth.[69] Jones became the first Patriots rookie to start a playoff game in the wild card round against the Bills, which ended in a 17–47 defeat.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2021 NE 17 17 10–7 352 521 67.6 3,801 7.3 22 13 92.5 44 129 2.9 0 28 241 7 3
Career 17 17 10–7 352 521 67.6 3,801 7.3 22 13 92.5 44 129 2.9 0 28 241 7 3

Postseason

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2021 NE 1 1 0–1 24 38 63.2 232 6.1 2 2 75.8 2 18 9.0 0 3 16 0 0
Career 1 1 0–1 24 38 63.2 232 6.1 2 2 75.8 2 18 9.0 0 3 16 0 0

Personal life

In August 2021, Jones signed an endorsement deal with Nobull, a Boston-based company that makes athletic shoes and apparel.[70]

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