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Alabama QB Mac Jones links up with Devonta Smith for wide-open TD in Iron Bowl after crafty pump fake

Mac Jones, Devonta Smith, Iron Bowl, Auburn

The matchup between Alabama and Auburn typically produces some big plays and Bama didn’t waste any time to get on the scoreboard.

Following a three-and-out on their first drive, Mac Jones connected with Devonta Smith for a wide-open touchdown in their clash with Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

The entire play was aided with a masterful pump fake that Jones conducted after taking the snap. Jones would get the defense—and notably the cameraman—to bite on the pump fake, allowing Smith to get behind the secondary.

There was no defender within 10 yards of Smith as he cruised into the end zone to give Alabama an early 7-0 lead. Smith has been no stranger to creating big plays this season, catching his 11th touchdown of the season, giving him the second-most receiving touchdowns in the nation.

While Smith has been a wide receiver on scout’s radars since last season, Jones is beginning to drum up some interest in the NFL. Jones, who took over for Tua Tagovailoa last season, is paving his own path as the next successful quarterback at Alabama.

Coming into Saturday’s bout with Auburn, Jones was completing 77.1 percent of his passes for 2,426 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. Given his success in 2020, Jones is now having his name mentioned as a quarterback that could hear his name called early in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Auburn’s offense is predicated on allowing Najee Harris to create plays out of the backfield. But when they throw the ball, they tend to stretch the field with their speedy wideouts. Therefore, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Jones and Smith connected for at least another score on Saturday.