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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:

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  • 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.











































































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
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“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

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The case for Andre Williams

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 Boston College on Andre Williams’ behalf:

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Boston College running back Andre Williams is enjoying a remarkable senior season and is candidate for the Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp All-America.


  • Williams leads the nation in total rushing yards (2,073) and rushing yards per game (188.5); he is the 16th player in FBS history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season and currently ranks 12th all-time.


  • If Williams were to hit his current average rushing yards per game (188.5) at Syracuse, he would conclude the regular season fourth all-time, behind Barry Sanders (2,628), Kevin Smith (2,567) and Marcus Allen (2,342).  Sanders and Allen were each Heisman Trophy winners.


  • Barry Sanders set the gold standard with the greatest statistical individual season in college football in 1988 when he led the nation by averaging 200 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry.  Sanders closed the final month of his remarkable season by rushing 152 times for 1,152 yards (averaging 38 carries and 288 rushing yards per game) and 15 touchdowns in his final four games.


Through three weeks of Williams’ final month of the 2013 season, he has carried 104 times for 897 yards and is averaging 34 carries and 299 rushing yards per game during this stretch.  To date, Williams is ahead of where Sanders was through three weeks of his final month of college football, outgaining him by 77 yards.  Here is a game-by-game breakdown.


2013 – Williams

Date              Opponent           Result              Att.        Yds.   TD

Nov. 9           New Mexico St     W, 48-34                30         295         2

Nov. 16         NC State              W, 38-21              42           339           2

Nov. 23         Maryland             W, 29-26              32           263           2

Nov. 30         Syracuse …


1988 – Sanders

Date              Opponent           Result              Att.        Yds.      TD

Nov. 5           Oklahoma           L, 31-28                 39           215           2

Nov. 12         Kansas                  W, 63-24              37           312           5

Nov. 19         at Iowa State     W, 49-28              32           293           4

Dec. 3            vs. Texas Tech   W, 45-42              44           332           4


  • Boston College has amassed 4,064 yards of total offense in 2013.  It is ranked second in the conference and 21 in the nation with 220.5 yards per game.  Andre Williams is responsible for 51 percent of the entire offense.


  • Andre Williams rushed 21 times for nearly 100 yards by halftime against Florida State in week five.  Williams finished the game with 28 attempts for 149 yards as the Eagles scored 34 points – the most of any opponent to date – against the Seminoles, whose average margin of victory is an astounding 43.8 points this season.


  • Williams rushed 33 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College’s 34-27 win over Virginia Tech – a run-stopping defense that was ranked fifth in the nation at the time and currently checks in eighth among all FBS schools
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The case for Derek Carr

I sent a word out to all SIDs a couple weeks ago that I would be glad to feature your Heisman campaigns here at HP.  With that in mind, here’s the submission from Fresno State on Derek Carr’s behalf:

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Offense – Senior QB Derek Carr (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) – Heisman Trophy Candidate, Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Semifinalist, Maxwell Award Semifinalist, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist, William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) Finalist 

• Is responsible for 37 more touchdowns than he is turnovers this season, which leads all FBS players by three.

• Has an FBS-leading 39 touchdown passes against only four interceptions in 502 pass attempts.

• Has a current streak of 266 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, which is a school and Mountain West record.

• Throwing for 394.8 yards per game, which leads the nation. His 3,948 total passing yardage ranks No. 2 in the FBS despite the fact that he has played in one less game than every other player ranked in the top 5.

• Tied for the national lead in touchdowns responsible for with 41 and points responsible for with 246.

• Has thrown a touchdown pass in 30-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.

• Thrown for over 300 yards in 8-of-10 games this season and four or more TD passes in 6-of-10 games.

• His six games with 400-plus passing yards this year leads all FBS quarterbacks.

• Is one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 career passing yards AND 100 TD passes.

• For his career, he has thrown 102 touchdown passes against only 20 interceptions in 1,473 pass attempts.

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The case for Ka’Deem Carey

In keeping with our promise to feature any and all Heisman campaigns on HP, here’s an update from Arizona on behalf of running back Ka’Deem Carey, who is currently second nationally in rushing. He’ll be in action against Washington State this weekend, so be sure to give him a look.

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