05/12/2014 - Loomis and Payton are constantly reminded by fans that the team needs to start looking for the quarterback of the future since Drew Brees will turn 36 just after the completion of the 2014 season. Payton admitted after the conclusion of the draft they had their eye on three Southeastern Conference quarterbacks -- LSU's Zach Mettenberger, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Alabama's AJ McCarron -- in the closing rounds Saturday. McCarron and Murray were chosen in the fifth round, just before the Saints went on the clock at Nos. 167 and 169, and Mettenberger was taken two picks into the sixth round. "Those three players were guys we looked closely at and begin to see a value once it got into the later rounds, where our grades were a little bit better than maybe where they were selected," Payton said. "They were in the discussion and talked about." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 5/164 - A.J. McCarron, QB, 6-3, 220, Alabama...The Bengals got their developmental quarterback behind Andy Dalton. McCarron is a proven winner and it wouldn't be insane to see him competing to start next season should problems arise with Dalton. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - The Bengals waited until the fifth round, but finally purchased insurance for the Andy Dalton situation by selecting Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Dalton enters the final year of his contract and hasn't been able to agree to an extension with the club despite ongoing talks. A possibility exists Dalton could play out the final year of his deal as Joe Flacco did with Baltimore in 2012. It opens up the risk Dalton could become too expensive to sign or struggle enough the Bengals decide to let him walk and go another direction. That could be McCarron. For now, that will involve sitting back and learning from Dalton and current backup Jason Campbell for a year. "This is not about Andy Dalton," Jackson said. "This is really about improving the room. He's a tremendous football player, he played in a lot of big games at Alabama, we have a lot of respect for his talent, his ability and again, our whole thing here in Cincinnati is trying to improve everywhere that we can. We're adding another good football player to an already talented room and going to let guys compete." - The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: AJ McCarron, Alabama, 6-3, 220, 4.94...Proved he is a great team leader who could run an efficient show while surrounded by great talent, but is an average athlete with an average arm. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/10/2014 - Katherine Webb's family: wedding to AJ McCarron will be reality show...It wasn't that long ago the entire world oohed and aahed over the broadcast of William and Kate's royal wedding. So even if it's just the Alabama equivalent, it's only fitting that AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb's wedding will be televised as well. Not televised live, mind you, but Webb's family members confirmed to the Auburn student newspaper The Plainsman Wednesday that the wedding and its preparations will be filmed for a forthcoming reality TV program. Producers have yet to reach an agreement with any network, but camera crews were already on hand for their March engagement.
"To me, I still have a hard time viewing my daughter as being some type of celebrity," Webb's father Alan Webb told the paper. "She's just still my daughter, but having it televised, it probably would work well for the fact that both she and AJ are known to a lot of people." Webb's mother, Leslie Webb, said Katherine was first approached by networks after her (ahem) much-discussed apperance on camera during the 2013 BCS Championship Game, but wasn't interested until much more recently. "I don't think they were trying to get into a reality show," Webb's sister Laurie Webb said. "I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it." The wedding is set for July 11. As for when the program (or series?) airs (if at all?), well, stay tuned. The state of Alabama certainly will. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/14/2014 - Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will not play in Reese's Senior Bowl...Mobile native and Alabama record-setting quarterback AJ McCarron has decided he will not play in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl. McCarron, who has regularly attended the Senior Bowl as a fan since he was a child, was invited to the all-star game after winning 36 times in 40 career starts at Alabama and two BCS national championships.
"I really appreciate being invited to play in the Senior Bowl," McCarron said. "It is quite an honor and something I've dreamed about while growing up in the Mobile area. However, at this time, I'm putting all of my focus and energy into preparing for the NFL Combine, pro day and the rest of the pre-draft evaluation process. Therefore, I won't be taking part in the Senior Bowl." McCarron is the all-time leading passer in Alabama history. In a deep draft class for quarterbacks, McCarron has been projected be various draft observers to be picked as high as the middle of the first round or as late as the third round. McCarron has chosen Todd France as his agent. Among France's previous clients is former Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. - Randy Kennedy, Alabama Live
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB AJ McCarron, Alabama, 6-4 214, Sr., Mobile, AL...McCarron, who was also named winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, has quarterbacked two national championship teams and been a part of three, boasting a 36-3 record at The Capstone. His 36 career victories not only stand as the most in Alabama history, but also the third most in the Southeastern Conference.
The Tide signal-caller has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2013, completing 67.6 percent (207-305) of his passes. McCarron ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. He set several Alabama records throughout the season, including career passing yards (8,632 yards), total offense (8,625 yards) and career completions (667 passes). - Alabama football
12/13/2013 - Saban agrees to new contract at Alabama...Alabama reached an agreement with coach Nick Saban on a multiyear contract extension, the university announced on its Twitter feed Friday night. The extension will ensure that Saban remains the highest-paid coach in college football at more than $5.62 million, CBSSports.com reported. Saban had signed an extension in March that runs through the 2020 season. "Nick Saban and The University of Alabama have concluded a long-term agreement to keep him as head coach of the Tide," the school tweeted Friday night. A formal announcement on the terms of the latest extension is forthcoming, according to the CBSSports.com report.
Saban, 62, is 74-14 in seven years as Alabama coach and has guided his teams to three of the last four national championships. The Crimson Tide, 11-1 this season, play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Rumors have swirled that Saban might be headed for Texas. He repeatedly has denied interest. "I messed with Coach, (saying) he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else," Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron said Thursday night at the college football awards presentation ceremony in Orlando, Fla. "He told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry (Saban's wife) well enough; she runs that house. And she's not allowing Coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while." The Texas job has yet to open, but coach Mack Brown's status could be in jeopardy after his teams have gone 30-19 the past four seasons. - The Sports Xchange
12/12/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD FINALIST (TOP QUARTERBACK): A.J. McCarron, Alabama...McCarron, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, has been part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, including two as the starting quarterback. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. - Alabama football
12/12/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST (COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): A.J. McCarron, Alabama...McCarron, a tremendous field general, has led the Crimson Tide in a machine like fashion to two straight national championships, and is in position to make a run at a third title this year. He has passed for 2,399 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, while leading No.1 ranked Alabama to an 11-0 record and a showdown with Auburn in the Iron Bowl. - Maxwell Award
12/12/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WINNER (COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): Alabama QB AJ McCarron...Senior quarterback AJ McCarron was presented with the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year on Thursday night at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. He is the first Crimson Tide player to receive the prestigious award. "This is an honor to be here," said McCarron as he was presented the award. "This is awesome. I cannot thank my teammates enough. They made this all possible." McCarron, who was also named winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, has quarterbacked two national championship teams and been a part of three, boasting a 36-3 record at The Capstone. His 36 career victories not only stand as the most in Alabama history, but also the third most in the Southeastern Conference.
The Tide signal-caller has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2013, completing 67.6 percent (207-305) of his passes. McCarron ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. He set several Alabama records throughout the season, including career passing yards (8,632 yards), total offense (8,625 yards) and career completions (667 passes). - Alabama football
12/12/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Alabama QB AJ McCarron...McCarron, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, has been part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, including two as the starting quarterback. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama, 6-4, 214, Sr,...The Tide's signal-caller has been a part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, which is the most wins in school history and the third most in SEC annals. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams and won two BCS titles as the starting quarterback. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron says he doesn't believe coach Nick Saban will leave for Texas. McCarron made his comments Wednesday in advance of Thursday's College Football Awards Show. Saban is reportedly a target by Texas officials to be its next coach if current coach Mack Brown were to step down. "To me he's not leaving. That's my personal opinion," McCarron said. But the quarterback also added that he can't speak for his coach and "I stay out of his business." McCarron is up for the Maxwell Award as nation's best overall player and the Davey O'Brien quarterback award Thursday. - AP Sports
12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama...McCarron is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. - Alabama football
12/10/2013 - Alabama placed nine players on the coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams and LSU had eight. The league released its All-SEC teams chosen by league head coaches on Tuesday. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. The third-ranked Crimson Tide, which will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, placed a league-high five players on the first team. Texas A&M had four first-teamers while Georgia and SEC Champion Auburn each placed three on the first team.
Every SEC school had at least one player on the all-conference teams. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was a first-teamer while fellow Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron of Alabama is a second-teamer. The league will release individual award winners on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman team on Thursday. - AP Sports
12/09/2013 - 2013 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Alabama senior QB A.J. McCarron..."It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy," McCarron said following the announcement on Monday evening. "This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can't put into words how much it means to me. I am truly privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony. None of this would be possible without my coaches and teammates. The offensive line, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends have done an unbelievable job all season and our coaches always put us in a position to be successful."
McCarron is the third Alabama player to be invited to New York for the Heisman presentation since 2009. Before that David Palmer (1993) and Jay Barker (1994) went in back-to-back seasons. Mark Ingram became the Crimson Tide's first Heisman winner in 2009 and Trent Richardson was a finalist in 2011. McCarron, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, has been part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, including two as the starting quarterback. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. - Alabama football
12/09/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WINNER: Alabama's senior quarterback AJ McCarron, from Mobile, Ala., learned of his selection by phone from John Unitas Jr. and Raymond Berry in head coach Nick Saban's office. McCarron joins Jay Barker as the only Alabama players to capture the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (1994). "It is an unbelievable honor to win the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award." McCarron said. "I can't thank the Unitas family enough for selecting me as the 2013 winner. To have my name next to all of the great quarterbacks who have won this award in the past is truly an honor. I want to thank my teammates, Coach Saban and all of our assistant coaches for making this possible."
The Tide's signal-caller has been a part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, which is the most wins in school history and the third most in SEC annals. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams and won two BCS titles as the starting quarterback. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage. McCarron is also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Senior CLASS Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year. - SEC football
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: McCarron unable to shed 'game manager' label...On the 99-yard bomb to Amari Cooper, for example, McCarron lofted the pass deep up the right sideline, giving his sophomore receiver an opportunity to make a play on the ball. The pass was thrown into double coverage and Cooper had to slow down and leap to make the play. His ability to make the grab and run through an arm-tackle by the Auburn defender was more impressive, frankly, than McCarron's pass. It was one of a handful of vertical throws attempted by McCarron in which Alabama receivers had to wait on the ball.
McCarron had an opportunity to hit senior wideout Kevin Norwood on a quick post for a touchdown in the fourth quarter but waited too long and his far riskier attempt to drill the ball with the defender near fell incomplete. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: McCarron unable to shed 'game manager' label...This isn't to suggest that McCarron, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated senior quarterback prospect, didn't make NFL-caliber throws in this contest. His second touchdown, a beautifully lofted pass over the middle to senior wideout Kevin Norwood, for example demonstrated great poise, touch and accuracy. Further, McCarron also showed enough arm strength to rifle a deep out down the left sideline in the fourth quarter to put the Tide in position for a field goal attempt that would have given them a commanding 10 point with just a few minutes remaining.
Further, whereas many of his teammates seemed rattled by the pressure of this game, McCarron played with composure, traits that every NFL team values at the quarterback position. With Davis running away with McCarron's opportunity to play the hero role, however, the quarterback was robbed of the chance to answer his critics with another game-winning (rather than game-managing) performance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: McCarron unable to shed 'game manager' label...It had all been set up so beautifully for AJ McCarron and Alabama. With a school record 99-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter to break a 21-21 tie over rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, the senior quarterback seemed to have taken another step towards a third consecutive BCS Title game berth and perhaps even strengthen his argument as a Heisman contender. Instead, the Tide finally turned. Auburn's Chris Davis returned a field goal attempt an improbable 100+ yards for the game-winning touchdown to shock the college football world, ending any chance at Alabama's return to the BCS championship and McCarron winning the Heisman.
Lost in insanity following the game was another solid, if somewhat unspectacular performance from McCarron, among the more polarizing NFL prospects in the country. McCarron's stat-line against the Tigers was impressive. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over. Further, though he's not known for his athleticism, he twisted and spun his way to critical first downs on scrambles as the Tide's offense struggled with consistency throughout this game. And yet, while McCarron's production looks good on paper, NFL scouts likely noted that several of the senior quarterback's passes were late and inaccurate in this game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/24/2013 - The formalities are now over. Although the Alabama football team appeared to be hardly inspired Saturday afternoon, the Crimson Tide scored four touchdowns in the first half, took a 35-point lead early in the third quarter and started plugging in the reserves in a 49-0 rout of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In their final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, senior quarterback AJ McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns and senior wide receiver Kevin Norwood had four catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide (11-0) outgained the Mocs 428-174 and tallied 244 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Sophomore running back Kenyan Drake ran 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, and freshman running back Derrick Henry had six carries for 66 yards and another score. After fumbling his first punt return, junior Christion Jones made up for it with a 45-yard return for a touchdown -- his second TD return of the season. - The Sports Xchange
11/24/2013 - It wasn't the biggest pass of AJ McCarron's career, but it might have been the most personal. McCarron threw for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabama's winningest quarterback in Saturday's 49-0 victory over Chattanooga. His most memorable toss went for 3 measly yards. On his final drive in his last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, McCarron found his little brother, Corey, early in the third quarter. The crowd might not have gotten excited, but their mom, Dee Dee Bonner, made her feelings known. ''I literally could hear her screaming as soon as he caught it over everybody,'' AJ McCarron said. ''I guess the rest of the crowd was, 'All right, great, 5-yard gain.' And she was still yelling. The whole family was probably crying.''
McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark. McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion. Both teams are still hoping for national title shots in a state that has claimed the last four BCS championships. The Tide defense produced its third shutout of the year, blocking a field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4). - AP Sports
11/18/2013 - Alabama, Florida State 1-2 in BCS standings...Alabama and Florida State held onto the top two spots in the BCS standings released Sunday evening, while Ohio State has a razor-thin edge over Baylor for the No. 3 spot. At this point, it appears almost certain Alabama and Florida State will meet in the BCS national championship game in Pasadena on Jan. 6 if both teams win their remaining games. Alabama is No. 1 with a .9914 BCS average based on the three components of the formula: the USA Today coaches poll, the Harris poll and the BCS computers. Florida State is not far behind with .9661 average.
Both have a healthy lead over unbeaten Ohio State, but if either Alabama or Florida State should lose a game, the battle between Ohio State and Baylor for the second spot will be a heated one. Ohio State's BCS average of .8869 is just .0013 ahead of Baylor's .8856. The Bears might pass the Buckeyes next week if they beat Oklahoma State, which is No. 10 in this week's BCS standings. Ohio State faces unranked Indiana, which is 4-6. Oregon is the highest-ranked one-loss team at No. 5 in the BCS standings, but the Ducks have only a slim lead over No. 6 Auburn, which is 10-1 and has a bye this week before facing No. 1 Alabama. This is the final year of the BCS, with a four-team playoff to determine the national champion next season. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Alabama's McCarron outduels LSU's Mettenberger...The 2013 version of Alabama-LSU wasn't the defense-dominated slugfest we've come to expect. Alabama's 38-17 victory combined for the most points (55) since 2007. It was just the fifth time since 1983 the final score in this rivalry combined for more than 50 points. In fact, led by senior quarterbacks Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron, Bryant-Denny Stadium was positively awash in playmakers. McCarron played with the steady accuracy and composure that has characterized his historic career with the Crimson Tide. He may not have the flashy numbers (14/20 for 179 yards and three touchdowns) to actually win the Heisman Trophy but he looks like a shoo-in to finish higher than fifth place -- the highest any Alabama quarterback has ever finished.
Frankly, NFL scouts probably couldn't care less about McCarron's Heisman chances. They likely were instead noting the poise McCarron demonstrated on the big stage, as well as decision-making and easily caught passes that helped guide the Tide to the victory. McCarron was aided by true freshman tight end O.J. Howard and two super-sophomores in wide receiver Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon, each of whom possess the exciting traits to have already captured scouts' imagination but are not yet eligible for an early jump to the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/10/2013 - It started -- and ended -- with a fake punt. Top-ranked Alabama outfoxed LSU with a fourth down conversion early in the third quarter and ran off 21 straight points for a convincing 38-17 win on Saturday night. The Tide (9-0, 6-0) took a giant step toward the SEC and BCS title games with the win. LSU (7-3, 3-3) was eliminated from contention in the conference. T.J. Yeldon did the heavy lifting for Alabama, picking up 133 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Kenyan Drake added 65 yards on the ground, and A.J. McCarron threw for three touchdowns, completing 14 of 20 passes for 179 yards.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 241 yards and a score. He hooked up with Jarvis Landry five times for 90 yards. Only 68 of those yards came after the break, however, as Nick Saban's defense showed why it's considered the nation's best. "I was really proud of our players in the second half," Saban said after watching his team give up just 52 second-half yards. "I thought they did a fantastic job and probably played our best half of football." - The Sports Xchange
10/26/2013 - Terrence Cody was in the house, but this time Alabama didn't need two blocked field goal attempts to get by Tennessee. Not hardly. The top-ranked Crimson Tide scored less than two minutes into the game and rolled to a 45-10 win over the Volunteers on Saturday. The last time the Vols came to Tuscaloosa with a new coach was 2009 under Lane Kiffin. It took two blocked field goal attempts by Cody -- the second one a potential game-winner -- for the Tide to avoid an upset. No such drama this time in Butch Jones' first visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium as Tennessee coach. It was 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 35-0 by halftime.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron completed 19 of 27 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns before Blake Sims finished the game. Five of those completions and one touchdown went to sophomore Amari Cooper, who has been limited by several nagging injuries this season. T.J. Yeldon scored three touchdowns on the ground and finished with 72 yards on 15 carries. Kenyan Drake led the Tide with 89 yards on 14 carries.
The highlights were few for the Volunteers. Starting quarterback Justin Worley was replaced in the second half by freshman Joshua Dobbs, who led the Volunteers to their two scoring drives. Raijon Neal scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter for Tennessee's only touchdown. Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings, improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC. Tennessee, which upset South Carolina a week earlier, fell to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the SEC. - The Sports Xchange
10/19/2013 - AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that struck other SEC powers. Alabama has won by the same margin over Arkansas two years running.
The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4) have dropped five straight games and were coming off a 52-7 loss to No. 11 South Carolina. Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. McCarron was 15-of-21 passing for 180 yards in three quarters, including touchdowns of 4, 30 and 17 yards. Arkansas' Brandon Allen completed 7 of 25 passes for 91 yards with two interceptions. - AP Sports
10/15/2013 - WEEK 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: AJ McCarron, Alabama, threw for a career-high 359 yards and a touchdown in the No. 1 Crimson Tide's 48-7 win over Kentucky. - AP Sports
10/12/2013 - No. 1 Alabama was sloppy early in the first half against Kentucky on Saturday night, losing two fumbles in the first quarter on drives deep into Wildcats territory. Still, the Crimson Tide shook off their slow start and dominated the final three quarters, topping the Wildcats 48-7. The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0) defense was airtight on nearly every drive it was on the field. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) had 62 yards of total offense in the first half on 24 plays from scrimmage, and the Wildcats did not cross midfield until well into the third quarter.
Alabama finished with a season-high 668 yards of total offense, and it allowed 170 yards to the Wildcats. Quarterback AJ McCarron finished with 359 yards and one touchdown. Both Alabama running backs, Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon, scored two touchdowns Saturday, and both did so in making up for first-half fumbles deep in Kentucky territory. Yeldon finished with 124 yards, and Drake had 106 yards. It was the first time in school history an Alabama team had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers in a game. - The Sports Xchange
10/08/2013 - WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: AJ McCarron, Alabama, completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four TDs in the first half and the No. 1 Crimson Tide rolled to a 45-3 victory over Georgia State. - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - In a matchup of extremes in the Football Bowl Subdivision, top-ranked Alabama celebrated homecoming by crushing winless Georgia State 45-3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Senior quarterback AJ McCarron tied his career high for touchdown passes with four and was pulled with six minutes remaining in the first half. He completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards. Alabama (5-0) opened with a pair of seven-play touchdown drives, with wide receiver Christion Jones scoring the first on an 8-yard catch, followed by running back T.J. Yeldon on a 4-yard run.
The rout kicked into high gear when, on the subsequent kickoff, Dee Hart forced a fumble that Dillon Lee recovered, and Alabama scored on the next play when McCarron threw the ball into the back corner of the end zone and wide receiver DeAndrew White reached around CB Demarius Matthews for an impressive one-handed snag and 21-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2013 - Alabama still No. 1 in major polls...There was not much movement in the major polls as Alabama held on to the No. 1 spot. The Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls were released Sunday. The top 14 teams in the AP poll stayed in the same position as last week. Alabama did lose a few first-place votes. The Crimson Tide slipped from 59 top votes to 56. No. 2 Oregon, which did not play, picked up the remaining four first-place votes. In the coaches poll, Alabama received 59 first-place votes and Oregon got the three remaining votes.
Alabama struggled against Colorado State for three quarters before pulling away for a 31-6 victory Saturday. The Tide led 17-6 heading into the fourth. No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina 26-14 Thursday, No. 4 Ohio State routed Florida A&M 76-0 Saturday and No. 5 Stanford topped Arizona State 42-28. In the coaches poll, the top 13 included the same teams as last week but the order slightly changed. No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Louisville switched spots. The biggest mover in the top 25 was Michigan falling three spots to No. 17.
Four ranked teams in all scored at least 70 points Saturday. Arizona State was the only team to fall from the AP top 25. Fresno State moved into the rankings at No. 25. In the coaches poll, Arizona State and Michigan State dropped out of the top 25 and were replaced by No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Texas Tech. Fresno State moved from 25th to No. 23. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2013 - With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there is little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remains No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week. The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Oregon, which didn't play, receives the remaining four first-place votes. No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989. No. 25 Fresno State is the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State drops out. - AP Sports
09/21/2013 - Jim McElwain used to like coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium, but so much this time. Nick Saban's former offensive coordinator returned to Alabama on Saturday night with Colorado State, only to find out how tough it can really be on the other sideline. Aided by a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown, the opportunistic Crimson Tide shrugged off the potential hangover from the previous week's showdown at Texas A&M, while suffocating the Rams 31-6.
Senior quarterback AJ McCarron completed 20-of-26 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown pass, while junior wide receiver Christion Jones topped all receivers with nine receptions for 90 yards. But it was the defense and special teams that led the win. Colorado State (1-3) did manage a pair of third-quarter field goals, one off a rare McCarron interception, but never got a sniff of the end zone. - The Sports Xchange
09/21/2013 - AJ McCarron passed for 258 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter to lift No. 1 Alabama to a 31-6 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night. Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Crimson Tide (3-0), which sputtered at times. Alabama managed only one offensive touchdown and no third-down conversions in the first three quarters a week after winning a 49-42 shootout over Texas A&M.
Coached by former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, the Rams (1-3) nursed hopes for a monumental upset into the fourth quarter before allowing two touchdowns. Trey DePriest stripped the ball from quarterback Garrett Grayson and recovered the fumble. The next play McCarron laced a perfect strike to White in the end zone and restless Alabama fans got something to cheer about. - AP Sports
09/17/2013 - WEEK 3 SENIOR BOWL SENIOR OF THE WEEK: Alabama's AJ McCarron may have been the 'other' quarterback in last Saturday's showdown between the top-ranked Crimson Tide and Texas A&M, but the senior signal caller walked away with a win and our College Senior of the Week award. McCarron completed 20-29 passes for 334 yards and four TDs in Alabama's 49-42 win over Johnny Manziel and the 6th-ranked Aggies. With the Tide trailing early, 14-0, McCarron turned to the air, completing 11 of his next 12 pass attempts as the Tide resonded with 35 consecutive points. Alabama's offense finished with 568 total yards and proved to be its best defense, keeping Manziel on the sideline. - SeniorBowl.com
09/16/2013 - Shootouts becoming the norm in SEC...What's happened to the defensive league the SEC has been noted to be? Two years ago, when LSU and Alabama played in the November game that would decide the Western Division race, neither team could score a touchdown as the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime. Last year didn't quite match that offensive struggle when Alabama got by LSU 21-17 and lost 29-24 to Texas A&M in the most notable games of the Tide's title run. Not exactly low scoring, but not track meets either.
But a Big 12-like shootout broke out Saturday in College Station when the Crimson Tide outscored Texas A&M 49-42. The Tide scored touchdowns on six of 10 offensive possession (not including the kneel-down at the end), the Aggies on six of 12. Senior quarterback AJ McCarron said the extra week of practice the Tide got with an open date the second weekend paid off for Bama's offense. "In our off week we had some of the best practices we have had as a team," McCarron said. "The first game was not perfect, and we worked to get some of the kinks out. "The whole game coach allowed me to check in and out of plays. He would give me a run call, and I know that I have certain checks out of it. Coach left it in my hand today to get us in the right play."
And, of course, the Aggies had Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and his notable scrambling ability on the other side of the ball. Manziel had 562 yards in total offense in the loss. "It was a lot of work chasing around Manziel," senior linebacker C.J. Mosley said. - The Sports Xchange
09/16/2013 - AJ McCarron wins again for Tide, wins over scouts for himself...Smart and accurate, McCarron is deadly efficient in this offense. He completed 20 of 29 passes for a career high 334 passing yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception. McCarron is a master at stepping on the throat of his competition. With Manziel attempting a dramatic comeback, McCarron kept up the pressure, directing long scoring drives after each of A&M's touchdowns of the second half, except one -- when running back T.J. Yeldon fumbled the ball at the goal line.
McCarron is a classic pocket passer with enough accuracy and arm strength to make every NFL throw. He does not possess a howitzer but consistently completes deep throws to the boundaries because he throws with excellent timing and touch. As he has through most of his career, McCarron was provided a clean pocket by a talented offensive line. He's athletic enough to handle passing out of designed roll-outs but isn't elusive, potentially limiting his value with teams who feel that the NFL is gravitating towards dual-threat quarterbacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/2013 - AJ McCarron and Alabama were not about to let Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M get another signature win. McCarron threw four touchdown passes, Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score - sidestepping Johnny Football on the way to the end zone, too - and No. 1 Alabama paid back No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory. Alabama spotted the Aggies a 14-0 lead, shades of last season when A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Tuscaloosa on the way to a victory that all but won the Heisman for Manziel.
McCarron and the Tide didn't take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points. McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri's pick-6 made it 35-14 less than three minutes into the third. Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-best 464 yards and five TDs. But a first-half interception in the end zone swung the game the Tide's way, and his third-quarter pick and whiff on the tackle put the Aggies in a deep hole.
Manziel's 562 total yards is the second-most in Southeastern Conference history, ranking only behind the 576 he had against Louisiana Tech. The Aggies had 628 yards, the most ever allowed by Alabama. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama,...Completed 20-of-29 passes for a career-high 334 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT...5-yard pass to Jalston Fowler with 2:28 left put UA up 49-35 and proved to be game-winner...Also had TD passes of 22, 44 and 51 yards (four different receivers for scores)...Improved record as starter to 27-2, including a 15-0 mark away from Tuscaloosa...Now second in UA record backs for passing yardage (passing Brodie Croyle) with 6,400 yards...4 TD passes tied his career-best...Also responsible for checking at line of scrimmage for run plays as Alabama totaled 234 yards on the ground (568 yards total)...McCarron was the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week. - SEC football
09/16/2013 - The Big Picture: Bama overcomes Manziel's spectacular show...For as much as Nick Saban is known as a defensive guy, the strength of his team this year looks like it's his offense, where the Tide has an experienced, big-game QB (AJ McCarron); a great tailback (T.J. Yeldon) and a speedy athletic group of wideouts led by Amari Cooper. The defense is still talented, especially linebacker C.J. Mosley, but the D-line misses powerhouse nose guard Jesse Williams and the corners are very shaky. Of course, Kevin Sumlin's offense is going to make a lot of defenses look bad. McCarron was 20-29 for 334 yards and four TDs while connecting with 10 different receivers. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: A.J. McCarron, Alabama, threw for 334 yards and four TDs, helping the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 6 Texas A&M 49-42. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - AJ McCarron wins again for Tide, wins over scouts for himself...With a 26-2 career record and two BCS championship rings as a starter, it is rare that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron enters a game out of the spotlight. Most of the pre-game buzz prior to his showdown with Texas A&M, however, focused on his counterpart Johnny Manziel and, two perfect drives into the game, it appeared that the reigning Heisman Trophy-winner deserved every bit of the build-up.
While Manziel's magic can be entertaining, it was McCarron's mastery of the little things that helped turn the Tide in this contest. To be clear, McCarron was aided by scheme and big plays from his talented supporting cast. His tying 41-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in the second quarter came off a flea-flicker. A second touchdown came off a simple receiver screen, in which Kenny Bell took a quick pass 51 yards for a score. After A&M jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Alabama scored the next 35 points. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/2013 - AJ McCarron wins again for Tide, wins over scouts for himself...Assessing the impact the talent around McCarron has on his success is a lightning-rod topic for talent evaluators. Some believe he is a legitimate high-round prospect. Others feel that McCarron is simply the next game manager to star under Saban and that his physical limitations will show up against NFL defenses. Evidence to support either argument was presented Saturday but with McCarron once again demonstrating impressive ability in the clutch, his critics may be dwindling.
Trailing 14-0 in a hostile environment, McCarron showed the poise every NFL scout is looking for at the quarterback position. They'll take note how much the Alabama coaching staff trusted him with the game seemingly on the verge of spiraling out of control. The typically conservative play-calling from offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier switched drastically with the early deficit. McCarron attempted passes on 11 of the next 12 snaps and quickly, showing great mental toughness and accuracy to spark the momentum-change.
McCarron's first touchdown pass of the game was a perfectly thrown back-shoulder fade that Kevin Norwood caught despite tight coverage. White was wide open on his score beacause of the play-action fake drawing up the safety but McCarron's pass couldn't have been better, leading his wideout into the end zone. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/14/2013 - AJ McCarron nearly matched Johnny Manziel with four touchdown passes and Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score, sidestepping Johnny Football on the way to the end zone, as No. 1 Alabama paid back No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory Saturday. Alabama (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) spotted the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) a 14-0 lead, shades of last season when A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Tuscaloosa on the way to victory that all but won the Heisman for Manziel. McCarron and the Tide didn't take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points.
Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-high 464 yards and five TDs. But Alabama's best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives. - AP Sports
09/14/2013 - QB AJ McCarron (ingrown toenail) may have been hampered a bit against Virginia Tech, but with two weeks between that game and the trip to Texas A&M, he should be closer to 100 percent. McCarron was in a walking boot the day before the season opener. - The Sports Xchange
09/14/2013 - Scouting the Alabama passing game: QB AJ McCarron was harassed steadily in the season opener, taking four sacks and completing only 10-of-23 passes for 110 yards. The tools are there for a bounce-back week, but again, it will require the line to keep a consistent pocket in front of McCarron. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2013 - Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was spotted with a walking boot on his right foot Friday as the Crimson Tide arrived in Atlanta for Saturday's Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game, but he will play against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome, ESPN reported Friday night. Alabama coach Nick Saban had not mentioned a possible injury this week, though McCarron was known to have bruised a foot in practice earlier in the month. According to ESPN, McCarron was wearing the boot because of an ingrown toenail. "AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure," an Alabama spokesperson told ESPN. McCarron's backup is junior Blake Sims. Virginia Tech enters the game after losing starting tight end Ryan Malleck to a shoulder injury for the season. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB AJ McCarron - A two-time national champion, McCarron has grown from a game manager into a game-changer while keeping his mistakes to an absolute minimum. McCarron boasted a brilliant 30-to-3 touchdown-interception ratio last year, improving his deep passing with the addition of speedier wide receivers such as Amari Cooper. He averaged nearly 14 yards per completion and hit on 67.2 percent of his attempts overall, a number that increased to better than 68 percent against SEC defenses. He's the guy this team can least afford to watch go down with an injury. - The Sports Xchange
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama,...McCarron led the nation with 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012... consensus second-team All-SEC ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history ... threw one pick every 104.7 passes in 2012 ... completed 67.2 percent of his passes (211-of-314) during junior season, for 2,933 yards (46 completions of 20-plus) ... eight multiple-touchdown pass games in 2012, including four games with four ... completed 68.0 percent of his passes in SEC play (15 TDs and 1,748 yards). - Alabama football
08/21/2013 - Senior Bowl announces 400+ player Watch List...If you're looking for an unofficial "kickoff" to the 2013 football season to whet your appetite before North Carolina invades South Carolina next Thursday, the Senior Bowl provided it Tuesday, releasing their second annual Watch List. The list has over 400 names on it. This group, and any other eligible players who catch the eye this fall of Executive Director Phil Savage emerge, will ultimately be cut down to the two 55-man rosters that make up the North and South teams. There are few surprises, other than that this year's Watch List grew by close to a hundred names from last year.
Virtually every FBS team has at least one player listed. The SEC leads all conferences in players selected with 72. Two-time defending BCS champion (and home attraction) Alabama has 10 players, including star linebacker C.J. Mosley and quarterback AJ McCarron and even punter Cody Mandell. Each of NFLDraftScout.com's top 50 senior prospects are included. Only three players ranked in our top 100, in fact -- Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon (No. 57 overall), Michigan State outside linebacker Denicos Allen (28) and Boston College outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (99) -- were not among the players listed by the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/17/2013 - Not surprisingly, Alabama starts off the 2013 season as the No.1-ranked team in the nation. The Crimson Tide were given the top spot in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, which was released Saturday. Alabama ended last season No. 1 as it won its second straight BCS championship. The Tide will try to win an unprecedented three titles in a row. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings. No. 2 Ohio State received one first-place vote. Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Georgia, which received the remaining first-place vote.
Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS title game for its ninth national championship. Notre Dame starts this season ranked No. 14. It is the fourth time Alabama has started the season No. 1 and the first since 2010. The Tide are 49-5 in the last four seasons, with three of those defeats coming in 2010. The Southeastern Conference dominates the top 10. Joining Alabama and Georgia are No. 6 South Carolina, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 10 Florida. - The Sports Xchange
08/15/2013 - OTHER ALABAMA PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: QB A.J. McCarron (6-3, 214, 4.84)...There is no question McCarron is an upgrade over prior Alabama quarterbacks under Saban but he remains a hotly debated prospect among scouts. McCarron is intelligent, mobile and has enough arm talent to make every NFL throw, earning a preseason second-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com. He does not have the eye-popping physical traits to convince everyone that his play isn't significantly enhanced by all of the talent around him, however. Despite impressive numbers (including leading the NCAA with a 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012), McCarron, a Mobile, Ala., native, may need to distinguish himself at the Senior Bowl to quiet critics. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/15/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB A.J. McCarron can go where no signal-caller has gone before three consecutive national championships. McCarron developed nicely under offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier last year, throwing 30 TDs and just three interceptions, and became a player you can game-plan through to win games instead of the guy you just want to manage the game. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: AJ McCarron, Alabama,...Consensus second-team All-SEC in 2012 ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history ... threw one pick every 104.7 passes in 2012 ... completed 67.2 percent of his passes (211-of-314) during junior season, for 2,933 yards (46 completions of 20-plus) ... eight multiple-touchdown pass games in 2012, including four games with four ... completed 68.0 percent of his passes in SEC play (15 TDs and 1,748 yards). - Alabama football
08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 3. Alabama QB AJ McCarron...A two-time national champion, McCarron has grown from a game manager into a game-changer while keeping his mistakes to an absolute minimum. McCarron boasted a brilliant 30-to-3 touchdown-interception ratio last year, improving his deep passing with the addition of speedier wide receivers such as Amari Cooper. He averaged nearly 14 yards per completion and hit on 67.2 percent of his attempts overall, a number that increased to better than 68 percent against SEC defenses. He's the guy this team can least afford to watch go down with an injury. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: A.J. McCarron Jr. ALABAMA 81.1,...Veteran signal-caller who led nation with 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012...won the Quarterback Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards ... consensus second-team All-SEC ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history. - Alabama football
08/01/2013 - With three BCS titles in the past four years, it comes as no surprise to see Alabama at No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. The Crimson Tide have a long season ahead before the discussion of a possible three-peat as national champions, but the path has been set with a preseason No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll. Alabama received 58 of 62 first-place votes with Ohio State and Texas A&M receiving the others. Ohio State, coming off a 12-0 season in which they were ineligible to compete in a bowl due to NCAA sanctions, starts the season No. 2 with Pac-12 North rivals Oregon and Stanford falling in at No. 3 and No. 4. Georgia, the SEC runner-up by five yards a year ago, rounds out the top five. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)...McCarron won the starting job at quarterback job in 2011 and never looked back while leading the Crimson Tide to the school's 14th and 15th National Championships ... named the Allstate BCS National Championship Game Offensive MVP (vs. LSU) ... then threw for 264 yards to beat Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship Game ... first quarterback in the BCS era to lead his team to back-to-back titles. - Alabama football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB AJ McCarron, Alabama......Veteran signal-caller who led nation with 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012...won the Quarterback Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards ... consensus second-team All-SEC ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history ... threw one pick every 104.7 passes in 2012 ... completed 67.2 percent of his passes (211-of-314) during junior season, for 2,933 yards (46 completions of 20-plus) ... eight multiple-touchdown pass games in 2012, including four games with four ... completed 68.0 percent of his passes in SEC play (15 TDs and 1,748 yards). - Alabama football
07/19/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: AJ McCarron, Alabama...Veteran signal-caller who led nation with 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012...won the Quarterback Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards ... consensus second-team All-SEC ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history ... threw one pick every 104.7 passes in 2012 ... completed 67.2 percent of his passes (211-of-314) during junior season, for 2,933 yards (46 completions of 20-plus) ... eight multiple-touchdown pass games in 2012, including four games with four ... completed 68.0 percent of his passes in SEC play (15 TDs and 1,748 yards). - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB AJ McCarron, Alabama...Veteran signal-caller who led nation with 175.28 passer efficiency rating ... one of five finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... semifinalist for Davey O'Brien and Maxwell awards ... Associated Press third-team All-American ... won the Quarterback Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards ... consensus second-team All-SEC ... threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes ... went 291 pass attempts between interceptions (2011-12), second-longest streak in SEC history ... threw one pick every 104.7 passes in 2012 ... completed 67.2 percent of his passes (211-of-314) during junior season, for 2,933 yards (46 completions of 20-plus). - Alabama football
06/07/2013 - Model and reality TV actress Katherine Webb said Friday she and the University of Alabama's quarterback remain an item, but they're not engaged. Webb told The Associated Press that she is still dating AJ McCarron, but that's as far as it goes for now. "We're doing great," she said. As for a possible engagement, Webb said: "No, I promise you, you guys will know when that time comes." Webb has been photographed wearing a big rock on her ring finger, sparking speculation that the two were getting married. Webb was also wearing a ring during an appearance at the Regions Tradition golf tournament in Birmingham.
Webb, 24, gained fame during the BCS title game in January as she watched McCarron lead Alabama over Notre Dame. Cameras focused on her, and announcer Brent Musburger commented on her appearance. "My life literally changed in a matter of 24 hours," she said. Webb has subsequently made appearances on TV including the ABC reality show "Splash," in which she participated in a diving competition. "Right now I'm really just focusing on doing more charity work," she said. "I have more of a platform to be able to do that." Webb, a graduate of Auburn University, said she is particularly interested in working with young girls, "which is really dear to me." - AP Sports
05/31/2013 - Senior Bowl's Phil Savage: AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley have strong shots at first round in 2014...If AJ McCarron had declared for the NFL draft last year, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said he believes the Alabama quarterback would have had a chance to go in the first round.
Only one quarterback, Florida State's E.J. Manuel, was selected in the first round this year, going No. 16 overall to Buffalo. Savage, who spoke at the DEX Imaging L'Arche Football Preview on Thursday in Mobile, said this year's group of senior quarterback prospects will be larger, but McCarron has an opportunity to improve a few things that will improve his chances of going on the first day of the draft.
"If he had come out this year, to me he would have fallen in that pool of quarterbacks that went anywhere from 16 with E.J. Manuel all the way to the fourth round, as it turned out," Savage said. "I think for AJ, at least from my own NFL perspective, if he can go back and really improve in certain areas -- everybody's going to be focused on the winning and the national championships -- but from an individual standpoint ... really improve some things and make some plays under duress, I think he certainly ends up being a real option for people. "The other thing I would say is that he weighed 204 pounds at the spring pro day, and obviously in that league he needs to add some weight in terms of ... taking the hits, of surviving in the pocket." - Mike Herndon, Alabama Live