As the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares this week to take on the Kentucky Wildcats, quarterback
Jones and the Crimson Tide are in the middle of a fantastic season, ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll after a 6-0 start. Alabama has three games remaining and, according to ESPN’s FPI, is given a 63.0% chance of winning out, a 99.5% chance of winning the SEC West, a 76.6% chance to win the conference, a 90.0% chance to make the College Football Playoff, a 62.5% chance to make the National Championship Game and a 38.2% chance to win it all.
A photo of Jones’ good deed was shared on social media by the SEC Network and can be seen below.
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Jones is a Heisman Trophy candidate this season and a potential first-round NFL Draft pick in his own right. ESPN’s Jesse Palmer, a former quarterback at Florida, even said this week on the College Football Podcast that he would give Jones the Heisman right now.
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Jones has had just about as close to a perfect season as possible. He’s completing a whopping 78.5% of his passes in the best conference in college football and has thrown 16 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He also ranks second nationally in yards per attempt at 12.4.
Plus, he has Alabama at No. 1 in the rankings. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields might be the top NFL Draft prospects who get most of the headlines, but Jones could get a chance to go head to head with one or both of those two in the College Football Playoff. Alabama is the heavy favorite to represent the SEC West in the conference title game and could possibly make the CFP even if it were to lose to Florida in Atlanta.
247Sports national college football reporter wrote an extensive profile on Jones this week, and Jones told Hummer in an interview that he was not worried about a potential lack of playing time at Alabama. Jones went to work and showed his recruiting ranking undersold him.
“I knew I wasn’t good enough to play,” Jones told 247Sports. “You either complain or you figure out and figure out how to get better. … I knew eventually I’d get my chance and to be ready for that chance.”
“… To be mentored by Coach (Nick) Saban and all the great coaches I’ve had here would already be enough for me to be really satisfied with my decision to come here.”