Alabama football’s offense had its ups and downs against Missouri.
For the first time since early January, Alabama football graced the field. We can finally break down what happened in a college football game and criticize the Crimson Tide for minor mistakes in a major win.
Let’s start with a report card for the offensive side of the ball. Alabama’s offense gained 414 total yards against the Missouri Tigers with a balance of run and pass. Mac Jones did what he had to do, and Najee Harris shined on the ground. Let’s go ahead and give out grades for the Tide offense.
Mac Jones had an excellent game under center for Alabama. He proved exactly why he won the starting job. His leadership was obvious, and he did a great job of distributing the ball. No one receiver got an overwhelming majority of targets, and that’s exactly what Jones needs to do for Alabama to thrive.
Jones could have easily thrown for four touchdowns if it weren’t for a goal-line spot and a dropped ball by Brian Robinson Jr. His stat sheet wasn’t Heisman-worthy, but he did everything he needed to do and limited his mistakes. That’s what Alabama needs him to do in order to be successful in 2020.
Alabama also got to see Bryce Young in his first college game. He did not light up the stat sheet and fumbled the ball, but he flashed potential. Alabama has a bright future with him at quarterback, but there is work to do before he lives up to it.
All in all, the quarterbacks did what they needed to do. There was nothing spectacular, but plenty of good things to take away from this game.