A. J. McCarron
|Alabama Crimson Tide — No. 10|
|Date of birth: (1990-09-13) September 13, 1990|
|Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ESPN.com|
Raymond Anthony "AJ" McCarron, Jr. (born September 13, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and is also the first quarterback to win back to back National Championships since Matt Leinart, who won back to back Associated Press National Championships in 2003 and 2004. [note 1]
While attending St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, McCarron was recruited by several football programs in the Southeastern Conference, including Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He committed to the Crimson Tide on May 3, 2008, becoming the only quarterback signed by Alabama for their 2009 recruiting class.
In his first season at the Capstone, McCarron accepted a redshirt and did not play during the season as the team went 14–0 to capture the 2009 National Championship. During his redshirt freshman year, he did see some playing time, appearing in eight games as the Tide finish 10–3. His first collegiate touchdown pass came during the season opener when he connected with wide receiver Julio Jones on a 29-yard pass in the second quarter. He passed for a total of 389 yards and three touchdowns during the season.
After a tight competition for the starting quarterback position during spring practices McCarron was named as the co-starting quarterback, alongside Phillip Sims for the team's 2011 season opener versus Kent State, and later became the de facto starter by starting in every game. In his first start in college, he passed for 226 yards and one touchdowns with two interceptions as Alabama won 48–7. His first road start for Alabama came the following week, as the Tide traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. His performance of 163 yards with no turnovers helped Alabama defeat Penn State 27–11, which came to be the last loss for legendary head coach Joe Paterno. Another solid performance, alongside running back Trent Richardson, helped him get a victory in his first SEC start, a 38–14 win versus #14 Arkansas.
During the course of his sophomore season, McCarron led an 11–1 overall record during the regular season, including 7–1 record in conference. Alabama's only loss of the season came during a 6–9 overtime defeat at the hands of #1-ranked LSU. During the game, he completed 16-of-28 passes for 199 yards with one interception. By remaining unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, Alabama again met LSU at the Superdome for the national championship. His performance of 234 yards passing earned him Offensive Player of the Game in a 21–0 rout of the Tigers. During his first season as starting quarterback, he passed for a total of 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and a BCS National Championship.
McCarron had a strong start in his second year as starting quarterback for Alabama as the Tide started off the season with a 9–0 record. In his first five games of the season, he passed for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns with zero interceptions. His good start to the season, including a comeback victory over LSU, had several media members put him as a dark horse candidate for the year's Heisman Trophy. His first interception, and Alabama's first loss, of the season came in the team's 10th game of the season. In their first year in the SEC, Texas A&M and eventualy Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel came into Bryant–Denny Stadium and upset Alabama 29–24. His second interception of the game seemingly sealed Alabama's loss, as he threw an interception on a fourth & goal pass with under two minutes remaining. Both he Alabama rebounded to remain unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, which led them to the 2012 SEC Championship Game versus Georgia. With the help of running back Eddie Lacy, Alabama battled with the Bulldogs to win 32–28 and earn a shot to play for the 2013 BCS National Championship against #1 Notre Dame.
On December 12, 2012, McCarron announced that he would be coming back to Alabama for his senior season ahead of their game versus Notre Dame. On January 7, 2013, Alabama met Notre Dame for the 2013 BCS National Championship. The Fighting Irish were led by their defense and Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o to an unbeaten 11–0 regular season record. However, their defense was overmatched as Alabama rolled 42–14 to capture their third BCS National Championship in four years behind McCarron's 264 yards and four touchdown passes, which allowed him to become the first quarterback to win back-to-back BCS titles. During his junior season, he threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes in a season, as well as 49 touchdown passes over his career.
- In 2003, LSU was awarded the BCS National Championship Trophy (instead of USC). This was the only year in the history of the BCS that the AP awarded another team as the national champion. McCarron is the first quarterback to win back to back BCS national championships.
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- "AJ McCarron calmly leads No. 3 Alabama past No. 23 Penn State". Associated Press (ESPN). 2011-09-10. http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=312530213. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
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- University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2011–12 Overall Individual Statistics". RollTide.com. http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html#TEAM.IND. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
|Alabama Crimson Tide starting quarterback
|Short description||College football player|
|Date of birth||September 13, 1990|
|Place of birth||Mobile, Alabama|
|Date of death|
|Place of death|