AJ McCarron has just about accomplished everything as an Alabama quarterback. He’s won two national championships in two years as the starter, and he looks to become the first player in FBS history to win three as a starter.
McCarron made it known early his intentions of returning for his senior season, and he ultimately returned to play with his brother, Corey, a South Alabama tight end transfer who redshirted in 2012. He may have not been a top draft pick this draft class, but he would have certainly been coveted based on a weak quarterback draft.
In what he calls ‘the best game of his life’, McCarron delivered on college football’s biggest stage. He carved up the Irish’s defense with ease, completing 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns.
And with another strong campaign in 2013, McCarron will go down as the Tide’s best quarterback in a long line of star-studded quarterbacks. He’ll finish better than Kenny Stabler, Pat Trammel and Joe Namath. No other quarterback has had the pressure McCarron has dealt with to win championships, simply because Alabama demands it. And he delivers.
Sure, he’s benefited from great players and coaches around him. But to deliver when the game is on the line, that’s McCarron’s specialty.
He has thrown for 5,956 yards and 49 touchdowns in two full years as a starter, and he’s already cemented himself firmly in the Bama record book with one year left to play.
- McCarron already holds the most passing touchdowns in Alabama history with 49. Last season’s 30 moved him past John Parker Wilson, who finished his career with 47.
- McCarron already owns the highest completion percentage of any quarterback in Bama history with a minimum of 200 completions with 66.7, pending 2013’s outcome. Greg McElroy finished his career with 66.3 percent.
Looking To Break
- McCarron looks to become the first Alabama QB to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.
- McCarron is 25-2 in his career as a starter, and Jay Barker still leads as Bama’s all-time winningest quarterback with a .934 clip and an overall record of 35-2-1.
- McCarron trails JPW for most passing yards in Bama history. Wilson finished with 7,924 yards, and McCarron currently sits fourth with 5,956 yards, behind Andrew Zow, Brodie Croyle and Wilson. He needs only 1,968 yards to pass Wilson.
- McCarron trails JPW for most attempts (1,175) with 690. He needs 486 to overtake JPW, but he’s only averaged 321 attempts in last two seasons.
- McCarron also trails JPW for most completions (665) in a career. AJ currently has 460 completions and has completed an average of 215 the last two years.
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