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Jumbo Package: Mac Jones earns another honor, Kiffin-Saban matchup takes center stage

Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes.

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. Not a lot going on today, but with Ole Miss next on the schedule, Lane Kiffin’s first head to head meeting with Saban since leaving Tuscaloosa will be the topic du jour.

“No offense to Clemson,” Kiffin said. “Those are the two premier programs that are operating on the highest level over the last 10 years, and [Alabama] is doing it in the SEC, which is a little bit harder.”

Saban is 20-0 against his former assistants, which Kiffin said should only underscore that there’s no such thing as an advantage because a coach was part of Saban’s system and knows how he runs his program.

“If you working for him gives you an advantage, you’re not a very good gambler because 20-0 is a pretty strong record,” Kiffin said.

Very complimentary, Lane.

Of course, he has trolled Saban and Alabama as well. Alex Scarbrough has a summary of those shenanigans for you.

Mac Jones was named the national player of the week by the Maxwell award folks.

Set new career-high marks in last Saturday’s matchup against Texas A&M

Threw for four touchdowns and 435 yards – both new career bests for the redshirt junior

Completed 74.1 percent of his throws on 20-of-27 passing as part of his 250.9 passer rating

Posted a 94.1 QBR for the game, a total that was second-best in the country during Week 4

Pretty solid numbers there.

I’d say so. Mac offered some insight on that magic deep ball thing they have working.

The big plays are the result of extra time spent on Alabama’s band practice field during the pandemic lockdown that kept players from accessing the gated football complex.

“It’s something I worked on this offseason with those guys, all those receivers coming out,” Jones said. “Obviously it was hard to work with them but I put an emphasis on that because they’re fast and they can get past the defense and make plays, so we have so many reps at it to where they can just run up underneath the ball and make plays.”

Dem Bammers was cheetin’ during the Rona, Pawwwwllll. Mac also added SEC Player of the Week honors, and Malachi Moore got some love.

Way to go, Malachi.

Julio hit a milestone in last night’s listless Falcons-Packers tilt on MNF.

Unfortunately he reinjured his hammy after four catches and is likely to miss a while. Saban’s first premier recruit is starting to show some age, folks. Guess he is mortal after all.

Last, check out Bobby Humphrey’s reaction to son Marlon’s comments about him after signing his big extension.

What a family.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.