Mac Jones Named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year
Former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The award recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation regardless of sport or gender. Jones becomes the fourth University of Alabama student-athlete to receive this honor, joining Brooke Pancake, Barrett Jones and Kim Jacob.
Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication studies in December of 2019 and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Jacksonville, Fla., native then completed his master's degree in sports hospitality in December of 2020, maintaining his 4.0 GPA.
"It is an honor to be named the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team Member of the Year," Jones said. "Being an Academic All-American is something I've always dreamed of and it has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. Through hard work and help from close family, friends, teachers and mentors. I have long understood the importance of school, learning and leadership. Thank you to everyone who helped me along my academic journey."
Last season, Jones guided the Crimson Tide to a perfect 13-0 record and the school's 18th national championship. He threw for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns versus only four interceptions and finished third in the Heisman voting. His 77.4 completion percentage broke the previous NCAA single-season record of 76.7 percent set by Colt McCoy in 2008. Also his 203.06 passer efficiency rating eclipsed the NCAA single-season record of 201.96 set by Joe Burrow in 2019.
Jones was a consensus First-Team All-American, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and claimed the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Manning Awards.
The New England Patriots selected Jones with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.