2020 Heisman Trophy finalist: Alabama Crimson Tide QB Mac Jones

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team in college football this season. They are the No. 1 ranked team in the land.

They have had several players, who have had star-studded seasons. Two of their three key offensive players have been named as Heisman Trophy finalists on Christmas Eve.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones signals before a play against the Arkansas Razorbacks
Mac Jones signals before a play against the Arkansas Razorbacks (Photo by Alabama Crimson Tide Football/Instagram)

The Heisman Trophy has announced that teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith will get to be apart of the Heisman presentation on January 5th, 2021. The award will be held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also invited to participate in the Heisman Trophy ceremony on January 5th is Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask and Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Three of the four players are from the Southeastern Conference.

Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris was not a finalist. He came in fifth place in the Heisman Trophy.

Despite a fifth place finish by Harris, Alabama became the first team since 1946 to have three players to finish in the top 5 of the Heisman Trophy voting.

In this story, we’ll focus on quarterback Mac Jones. He and Smith are the first Heisman Trophy finalists from Alabama since the 2018 presentation when Tua Tagovailoa was a finalist.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray beat out Tagovailoa and former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. to win the award.

Alabama has not had a Heisman winner since 2015 when Derrick Henry won. The Crimson Tide has never had a quarterback win the award.

Two running backs have won the award in school history. Mark Ingram also won the award in 2009.

The problem with teammates competing for the most prestigious award in college football usually means that they’ll cancel each other out. That could potentially mean that the winner will either be Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask or Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

This season, the junior quarterback — who is in his first-year as a starting quarterback at Alabama — went 250 of 327 for 3,739 yards. He has 32 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Jones leads the country with a 76.5 completion percentage. He also leads the country with 11.4 passing yards per attempt.

However, in terms of passing yards, he’s second to Kyle Trask — who is also a Heisman Trophy finalist. Trask has 386 more passing yards than Jones, as he has 4,125 passing yards.

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