The case for AJ McCarron

I sent a word out to all SIDs a couple weeks ago that I would be glad to feature their Heisman campaigns here at HP. With that in mind, here’s the submission from Alabama on behalf of AJ McCarron:

aj mccarron

  • One of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football and leader of the Crimson Tide offense
  • His .947 career winning percentage (36-2) is the best in Alabama and Southeastern Conference history and 4th best among AQ quarterbacks with 30 career wins
  • Quarterbacked Alabama to back-to-back National Championships
  • The 36 career wins is an Alabama record and the seventh most in NCAA history
  • Is 12-2 in his career against top 25 teams, including a 7-1 mark against top 10 teams
  • Has the second most career wins of any Heisman-winning quarterback with 36; one shy of Matt Leinart (USC)
  • Finalist for the Maxwell Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Davey O’Brien Award & the Senior CLASS Award
  • Semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year
  • Ninth nationally in completion percentage (.686) and 10th in passing efficiency
  • Owns school records for career passing yards (8,355), touchdowns (72), completion percentage (.672) and consecutive passes without an interception (291)
  • Second among NCAA career leaders for interception ratio at one pick every 74.4 career passes
  • Averages 5.5 touchdowns for every interception during his career ad 6.6 over the past two seasons
  • Has a 3-0 against top 25 teams this season with a 170.8 passer rating, seven touchdowns, a 72.8 completion percentage and just one interception
  • Maxwell National Player of the Week after beating Texas A&M
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16 vs. Texas A&M)
  • Graduated in December of 2012
  • Four-year starting holder on all field goals and point-after touchdowns
  • One of the most active players around the community with hospital visits and speaking appearances at local schools
SENIOR (2013): In his third season as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback … has quarterbacked as many national championships (2) as career losses with a 36-2 record as Alabama’s signal-caller, which ranks him as the winningest quarterback (.947) in SEC history and the fourth-winningest QB among AQ teams in NCAA history … finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the SENIOR Class Award … semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year … is completing 68.6 percent of his passes (190-277) for 2,399 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions … ranks ninth national in completion percentage (.686) and 10th in passing efficiency (165.13) … has three streaks of more than 100 straight passes without an interception in his career, including a streak of 138 passes this season … owns the Alabama record for career passing touchdowns (72), career yards (8,184), completion percentage (.672) and consecutive passes without an interceptions (291) … the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following the Texas A&M game … also named the Maxwell Award National Player of Week after beating the sixth-ranked Aggies … averaging 8.7 yards per attempt and 12.6 yards per completion … averages one interception every 74.4 attempts, which is an SEC record and the second best in NCAA history. Virginia Tech: Threw for one touchdown and one interception in a 35-10 victory over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome … had 110 yards passing and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Christion Jones. Texas A&M: Led the Tide into College Station and won a shootout with the No. 6 Aggies … threw for a career-high 334 yards with four touchdowns and no picks … connected on scoring strikes of 22, 44, 51 and five yards … completed 20-of-29 passes (69.0 percent) … earned SEC and Maxwell Award Player of the Week honors … also selected as a coaching staff Offensive Player of the Week. Colorado State: Was the bright spot for the Tide offense completing 77.0 percent of his passes (20 of 26) for 258 yards and one score … did have one interception. Ole Miss: Connected on a career-best 25 passes in 32 attempts for 180 yards … did throw one interception. Georgia State: Nearly flawless against the Panthers, completing 15-of-16 passes for a 93.8 completion percentage that was a school record … threw four scoring strikes and accounted for 166 passing yards in less than two quarters of action … named an Alabama Offensive Player of the Week. Kentucky: Threw for a career-high 359 yards, which is the eight-most in school history and the second-most during Coach Saban’s tenure at Alabama … completed 21-of-35 passes with five drops … threw one touchdown. Arkansas: Completed 71.4 percent (15 of 21) for 180 yards and three touchdowns … long play was a 30-yard, perfectly-thrown scoring strike to Amari Cooper … left the game midway through the third quarter of a 52-0 shutout of the Hogs … named an Alabama Offensive Player of the Week. Tennessee: Was an efficient 19-of-27 passing for 275 yards and two scores … connected with Cooper for a 54-yard scoring strike. LSU: Drove the Alabama offense through the vaunted LSU defense … threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns in an extremely efficient outing, completing 14-of-20 passes. Mississippi State: Threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns … threw his first interception in five games … rushed for 12 yards on three carries. Chattanooga: Connected on a 28-yard scoring strike to fellow senior Kevin Norwood and a 38-yard touchdown to Cooper … completed 81.3 percent of his passes for 171 yards with no picks while rushing for 15 yards and a first down.

Passing

Rushing

Year

G-S

Com-Att-Int

Pct

Yds

TD

LP

No

Yds

Avg

TD

LP

2010

13-0

30-48-0

62.5

389

3

47

6

-10

-1.7

0

4

2011

13-13

219-328-5

66.8

2634

16

69

30

-22

-0.7

2

13

2012

14-14

211-314-3

67.2

2933

30

85

49

4

0.1

1

24

2013

11-11

190-277-5

68.6

2399

23

54

20

5

0.2

0

15

TOTAL

51-38

650-967-13

67.2

8355

72

85

104

-23

-0.2

3

24

Pass Attempts: 35 at Kentucky, 2013
Completions: 25 vs. Ole Miss, 2013
Passing Yards: 359 at Kentucky, 2013
Passing TDs: 4 (seven times); last vs. Georgia State, 2013
Interceptions: 2 (twice); last vs. Texas A&M, 2012
Long Completion: 85 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2012
Rushing Attempts: 8 vs. Western Kentucky, 2012
Rushing Yards: 18 vs. Western Carolina, 2012
Long Rush: 24 vs. Western Carolina, 2012
Rushing TDs: 1 (three times); last at LSU, 2012
Total Touchdowns: 4 (six times); last vs. Georgia State, 2013
  • Boring Old Unbeatable AJ McCarron (Read)
  • Just Trust … a look at AJ McCarron and Starla Chapman (Read)
  • Inside McCarron’s memorable month (Read)
  • Saban, McCarron have special bond (Read)
  • Deal with it: McCarron leading Bama (Read)
“I think AJ’s probably the most underrated player in college football. People talk about statistics all the time, and maybe his statistics are not what somebody else’s are. But really what you should equate things with are production, performance, efficiency, consistency and winning. That’s really what it’s all about. He’s done that better than I think anybody in college football.” — Head Coach Nick Saban

“People want to look at statistics all the time and base the quarterback on that. He’s a winner.” — Head Coach Nick Saban

“McCarron is so good, he can get Nick Saban to show a positive emotion.” — – Matt Hayes, Sporting News

“I have to agree with Nick Saban. There are a lot of good quarterbacks out here, some flashy guys, really good. But AJ McCarron, even the Heisman voters, don’t forget about this dog-gone guy. All he does is win. All he does is complete passes. All he does is keep from turning the ball over. He gets his club in the end zone. Yeah, he’s got good people around him, but that body of work over a three-year period is pretty dog-gone impressive.” — Archie Manning

Powered by

About Heismanpundit

Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.

Follow HP

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube!

Comments are closed.