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Jumbo Package: Mac Jones injures ankle, may miss Senior Bowl after stellar week of practice

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Happy Friday, everyone. Mac Jones has had a stellar week of Senior Bowl practice, but apparently rolled his ankle and may not play in the game.

Rhule, who is directing the American team with his Carolina coaching staff, said he didn’t “have much of an idea” what happened to Jones.

“He was going for a while there, started limping at the end,” Rhule said, “so I just said, ‘Hey, why don’t you go see the trainer?’ Last thing I want to do is see the kid get banged up. He was having a hard time. Thought he had a good day, just had to get himself healed up.

Mac has drawn rave reviews from those in attendance.

At this point it will probably be an upset if Mac falls out of the first. Alex Leatherwood had a big day yesterday as well.

There are still some questions about consistency with him, so the game will be important for him.

Coach K and Nick Saban appeared on an interesting podcast together. This is an interesting little quip.

Krzyzewski went on to call Saban “the greatest coach in the history of the game of football” and wanted to know more about how he kept that continuity alive with coaches and players coming and going.

Saban responded by talking about the culture that remains a constant, using a Julio Jones story as an example. The Atlanta Falcons star was out on the practice field watching current players during 7-on-7 one recent summer when a receiver lost his cool after dropping a pass.

“That’s not what we do here,” Saban said Jones told him he said a decade after playing his final game in Tuscaloosa.

Players and assistants come and go, but the culture remains. Great stuff.

Mike Stoops graduated from the Saban rehab clinic.

Mike brings tremendous experience to the defensive side of the ball,” FAU coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. “His pedigree, two national championships, countless players to the NFL and his wealth of knowledge speaks for itself. This is a home run for us. As a former head coach and defensive coordinator at ‘Power 5’ programs, he knows the importance of building a defensive staff that can teach and adjust.”

Best of luck to him.

Last, the nation’s #1 overall prospect isn’t signing any time soon.

“J.T. will not be signing next Wednesday,” said his dad, Ponce Faletoi. “He won’t be making a decision until at least April. He still wants to take visits. Whether those are officials when the NCAA opens it up, or us going out and checking those schools out, he still wants to visit a few schools.”

Despite reports that a decision would be announced on Signing Day, Faletoi confirmed what 247Sports has been hinting at for months- that Tuimoloau’s recruitment is no where near close to being finished and as expected, he will likely take this into the spring.

J.T. seems to want to take his official visits before making a decision. Nobody seems to have any kind of read on which way he is leaning, but I don’t remember Alabama ending up with a kid who stretched things out this way. Often times the goal is to evaluate the competition on hand at spring practice to gauge early playing time, and Alabama will rarely win such a sweepstakes. Such is life.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.