The most valuable player of the Alabama A-Day game tomorrow will be redshirt freshman quarterback Mac Jones.
I don’t say that just because I want to see another element added to the Alabama quarterback competition that this week took a step toward quarterback controversy.
I say it because every report this spring on the redshirt freshman from Florida has been position. And because Nick Saban does not go out of his way to help the projected starters.
Alabama’s spring game will feature Jalen Hurts and the rest of the first-string offense against the first-string defense.
Jones and the second-string offense will face the second defense.
For Jones, that means he’s going to be playing behind a second-team offensive line that would be one of the best in the SEC if they weren’t stuck behind even better players on the depth chart. But on defense, there aren’t many proven playmakers beyond the standouts on the first unit.
That means Jones should have time to operate and show how well he’s progressed during his redshirt season.
Of course, Jones isn’t expected to challenge Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa for meaningful snaps in the fall. But, who knows, if he has a good enough A-Day maybe it will inspire his dad to start issuing ultimatums.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.