SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 18 AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama (SR)
2013 stats: 226 of 336 (67.3) for 3,063 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs
Why he’s No. 18: AJ McCarron will go down as Alabama’s best quarterback in history. Yes, better than Kenny Stabler and even Joe Namath (in college), with two national championships in three years as a starter.
McCarron has long since been thought as just a game manager, but he’s started to develop that repertoire of quarterback skills the last couple of seasons. McCarron ultimately fell short of his and Alabama’s goals in 2013, but he became the first ever Bama QB to throw for 3,000 yards in one season.
McCarron finished 2013 with the SEC’s third best passer rating behind Johnny Manziel and Zach Mettenberger, and he finished fifth in passing yards (3,063) and second in touchdowns (28). He finished third in completion percentage.
Ultimately, Alabama had to rely more on McCarron in 2013 than in previous seasons, and he looked more rattled in the Oklahoma game than I’ve seen his entire career. He was often the most underrated player on the field, but through all the smoke, I’d say he’s rated about right by most analysts and scouts. I’m interested to see what direction his game takes in the NFL.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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