Odds to Be Alabama's Next Starting Quarterback Point to Mac Jones Resuming the Role

David Kaestle
Mac Jones throwing a pass for Alabama in 2019.
Mac Jones throwing a pass for Alabama in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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Tua Tagovailoa was one the greatest quarterbacks in Alabama history. However, he is now moving onto the NFL and the Crimson Tide are left with the tall task of replacing him.

The good thing is, they have options. Let's take a look at the most likely candidates to replace Tua as Alabama's starting quarterback.

3. Taulia Tagovailoa

Taulia Tagovailoa is the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa.
Taulia Tagovailoa is the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

When Tua headed off to Alabama, his family went with him, including his younger brother Taulia, who joined him on the team one year later. Taulia has seen limited playing time and was unable to work his way to the backup role last season, even when his older brother went down with the injury. However, the talent is there by all accounts for Taulia. Whether he can get the chance and take advantage of the opportunity is still to be determined, but his Heisman odds suggest he's got to leapfrog two guys on the depth chart first. Taulia is listed at +6000 to win the 2020 Heisman, which ranks him third among Crimson Tide quarterbacks.

2. Bryce Young

Bryce Young is the nation's top QB recruit.
Bryce Young is the nation's top QB recruit. / Logan Riely/Getty Images

Prior to Tua, Alabama wasn't really known as the place that landed five-star quarterbacks, but things have changed. Bryce Young comes into Tuscaloosa as the 2020 class' top QB recruit, according to 247Sports.com. While he is billed as the major prize of Alabama's 2020 recruiting crop, his Heisman odds suggest his impact will come beyond 2020. Young is listed at +5000 to win the 2020 Heisman.

1. Mac Jones

Mac Jones filled in as the starter during Tua Tagovailoa's injury in 2019.
Mac Jones filled in as the starter during Tua Tagovailoa's injury in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Mac Jones started in place of the injured Tagovailoa in 2019 and did a fine job. Jones went 3-1 in his four starts, although the one loss was a big one, coming to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Based on the 2020 Heisman odds, Mac Jones is the projected starter heading into camp. He is currently listed at +2500, which is tied for the ninth-best odds in the nation, and the leader on Alabama's team.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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