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There was no shortage of pride for former Alabama football quarterback Mac Jones in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday.

The Boston Globe reported that Jones had won the starting quarterback job for the New England Patriots after Cam Newton had been released. Jones, fresh off a national championship in 2020, was the Patriots' first-round pick in the NFL Draft this past spring.

"That's awesome man," Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal said. "I'm extremely happy for that guy, especially knowing the type of hard worker he is and how he approaches the game every day. It's definitely more than well-deserved. The Patriots definitely have a great quarterback in their hands who I'm extremely proud of."

Linebacker Christian Harris, who had the chance to go against Jones in practice, said the quarterback is a great guy, a leader and someone who has a daily swagger.

"You can see it every day just the way he approaches the game and the amount of fun he has with it," Harris said. "Him being here, it kind of showed us a way to make sure we're working hard but still having fun at the same time."

Outside linebacker Will Anderson said Jones is deserving because of how hard he works.

"I think I've seen this coming," Anderson said. "I'm most definitely happy for him and I hope he does great in the league."

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