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Stoops on Mac Jones: “Wish he was here but happy for [him]”

Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Oct 3, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game with Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

For almost a year, Mac Jones was primed to be the future face of the Kentucky Football team. The former four-star prospect committed to the Cats in July 2015, but once Kentucky fired Shannon Dawson, his primary recruiter, and Alabama came a courting, he flipped his pledge to the Crimson Tide in July 2016. Now, after throwing for 2,196 yards and 16 touchdowns in only six games, Jones is one of the biggest stars in college football and a frontrunner for the Heisman trophy. Ahead of Saturday’s game vs. Alabama, Mark Stoops said he’s happy for his former recruit’s success, even if he wishes it was happening in Lexington and not Tuscaloosa.

“Without a doubt. We did recognize Mac early on in the process and Coach Hinshaw and all of us watched him early and we were impressed. We felt like there was a bright future for him and he’s certainly proven us right. I wish he was here but we still really love Mac and his family. A great young man and it’s really good to see him doing so well and playing at such a high level. He’s been so accurate. So, wish he was here but happy for Mac.”

Alabama being good at football is nothing new, but the Crimson Tide’s offense is especially impressive this season; Stoops went as far to say it may be the most explosive offense he’s seen during his 15+ years as a head coach or defensive coordinator.

“We all know what they are this year and what they’ve been for quite a few years. Nick [Saban] does a remarkable job of reloading. They are an extremely talented football team. Very well coached. Offensively, maybe as good of an offensive team as I’ve seen since I’ve been a head coach and a coordinator. It’s been a long time that I’ve seen somebody as explosive as they are offensively because they’re so balanced. They’re extremely physical when they want to be and create unbelievable big plays with the talent and the receivers that they have. Mac’s playing at an extremely high level. Very, very dangerous.”

As you might expect, Stoops had nothing but praise for Nick Saban, who recruited him when he was a defensive backs coach at Michigan State back in the 1980s.

“The man is really like a machine. He just goes about it each and every day and he really is very consistent in his work, and that’s evident with the way they recruit and it’s evident in the way they play each and every year. I’ve known him for a long time. He actually recruited me out of high school and he’s done a remarkable job and I have great admiration for what he does and you’d be silly as a football coach not to look at the things he does and listen to him and see his approach and not grab a few things. You have to be yourself, you have to be authentic, but you’d also stupid if you don’t look at some things that people like him and the success that he has and don’t try to grab and learn from people like that. You’re not very bright. We’re all going to do things our own way and again, you have to be yourself, you have to be authentic but again, you’d be pretty stupid not to look at some of the things he does and try to pick up a few things here and there.”

For more on Stoops and Saban’s history, I’ll refer you to our story on it from back in 2016:

Nick Saban recruited Mark Stoops to Michigan State back in the day

 

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Stoops on Mac Jones: “Wish he was here but happy for [him]”



  1. Han
    4:18 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    He wouldn’t have put up numbers like that here, so he made the right choice.



  2. blueballs80
    4:23 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Bama has all the firepower he needs. We didn’t have it. With that said how many Alabama quarterbacks have seen continued success at the next level? Tua just started so we won’t know till a couple of seasons. Jones is putting up numbers because he has all the good pieces around him just like Joe Burrow did at LSU. When he goes to the league he will not have that luxury.



    • IndianaSucks
      12:04 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Not sure why you’re throwing Burrow in that mix… He’s having a good year on a bad team.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      9:25 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Indiana, was thinking the same thing. Burrow is having a good year on a bad team



    • ukkatzfan
      12:09 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Joe Willy ?



    • runningunnin.454
      8:04 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Kenny the Snake.



  3. Urincatland
    4:50 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    You have to Wide Receivers just like Bama to put up those kind of numbers. And running the ball continuously you’re not gonna get top Receivers to come here.



    • VilleCat11
      5:00 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Facts!!



  4. Jpcat15
    5:03 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Burrow is putting up historically good numbers as a rookie in the NFL. His success in college is certainly carrying over.



  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:12 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    I mean he would be super accurate throwing those 5 yard or less passes Stoops loves so much.



  6. U22JBK
    5:13 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Would you want to play for Mark “Big Ten” Stoops? No…I’d go to Arkansas State if it meant playing in a fun offense.



  7. U22JBK
    5:14 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    If I was Gran I would have left a long time ago. Can’t wait until he punches Stoops in the throat on the sideline. Hope Eddie doesn’t let it bottle up inside.



    • Duuuuuude
      6:37 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      We are lucky to have Stoops. Go cheer for little brother.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:05 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Little brother at least has a coach that believes offenses can win games…….sadly we do not.



  8. 4everUKBlue
    5:16 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Ole Miss has a pretty fun offense for my money, I’d love to see that kind of play here.



  9. Southky
    5:21 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Saban used to have the same philosophy as Stoops but he realized he had to change, granted it is easier to recruit skill players to Alabama.



  10. zoupman
    5:56 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

    You made an excuse for Mac, but failed to tell whole story. He committed to UK twice and backed out twice.



    • Middy
      12:22 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Wrong dude… that was Jarren Williams who the went to Miami and transferred out after a year.



  11. Big Sexy
    12:34 pm November 17, 2020 Permalink

    Why do you wish he were here? So he could watch Terry Wilson run your “’70s and ’80s run first, run second, throw only when you absolutely have to” style of offense?