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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks with Steve Sarkisian during the first quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mac Jones’ senior season at Alabama was one of the best by a Crimson Tide offense in the Nick Saban era. Calling the plays for that record-setting unit was offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was in his second year in the position under Nick Saban.

On Monday Sarkisian – who has since taken the head coaching job at Texas – joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand. He broke down Jones’ game, and let Patriots’ fans know what their team is getting with the 15th overall pick.

Sarkisian focused on Jones’ maturity, and ability to quickly learn and implement new concepts into his repertoire. He also believes Jones has a chance to make a splash as a rookie, saying, “I honestly think he’s probably the most qualified rookie quarterback to start in year one. I think he’s been exposed to a lot.”

In his lone full season as the starter in Sarkisian’s offense, Jones won all 13 games while leading the Tide to a National Championship. He threw for 4,500 yards while completing 77.4 percent of his passes, with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

You can check out Zolak & Bertrand’s full conversation with Steve Sarkisian below:

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