AJ McCarron made the right choice returning to Alabama for his senior year

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron made his imminent future known yesterday to get all the speculation out the window about 2013. McCarron, a draft-eligible junior, said he would return to school for his senior season.

“I had many goals for myself when I came to the University of Alabama,” McCarron said in a university statement. “I have been lucky enough to achieve some of those goals, but some are still ahead of me. There were many factors in my decision to return to Alabama for my senior year but, after talking with my family and coaches, I knew it was the right choice for me.

“I love the University of Alabama, my coaches, my teammates and our fans. I am excited to have the opportunity to play with my brother (sophomore tight end Corey McCarron), continue to grow as a leader, continue to help our team win football games and develop even further as a quarterback. The NFL has long been a dream, but I think another year at Alabama can only help my chances of being successful at the next level.”

Why did he go ahead and announce his 2013 intentions? He didn’t feel like answering the same question over and over again in preparation for his second national championship game in merely 25 days.

McCarron’s thrown for 2,669 yards and 26 touchdowns, compared to just three interceptions. He’s currently #1 in passer rating in the entire country.

McCarron wouldn’t be a top-round pick anyway if he left after this season, but he could theoretically improve his draft stock with another year and another championship under his belt. He’s the ultimate college game manager, but he’s added more of a downfield presence this season in the passing game.

But with another year of winning like the previous two, McCarron will have a chance to go down as one of Alabama’s best quarterbacks in their storied history. His 45 touchdowns rank second in school history, and his .923 winning percentage (24-2) is one of the best ever for the Crimson Tide.

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