SEC Breakout Player No. 1: Mac Jones

Mac Jones might be the most underrated and overlooked player in the SEC heading into the 2020 season. Many of my respected colleagues have predicted that freshman QB Bryce Young will be a breakout star, but that will not be happening this season. While Young is the most talented QB in the 2020 class and a future star, this will be Mac Jones season and could set up quite a controversy headed into the 2021 season.

In his four starts last season, Mac Jones threw for 1,172 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. In his only opportunity to start in back-to-back games, he threw for 662 yards and seven touchdowns against Aubrun and Michigan on the road.

People will focus on the two interceptions that he threw against Auburn, but he also threw for more yards and three more touchdowns than Joe Burrows who went on to win the Heisman Trophy. In fact, he only passed for nine yards less than Jake Fromm, and Kyle Trask combined for last season against the Tigers.

Here is the reality. Chances are very high that Bryce Young will have a better career than Mac Jones. However, as a redshirt junior, Jones will be more productive than Young as a true freshman. With the talent Mac has around him, he will not do anything to get himself beat out by a true freshman.

Mac will pass for over 3300 yards and 30 touchdowns. This will lead to an interesting story headed into his senior season. Will Bryce be willing to risk coming off the bench for a second season? Nick Saban is unlikely to pull the trigger, with Jones producing at a high level.

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