Data Scout Notes: 2013: WCampFinalist/MaxwellFinalist/OBrienFinalist...P3rdC/P2ndM/PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/PUnitas/PManning/TSXPMVP/TSX-PTW...2012: 2ndC/AP3rd/2ndM/ManningFinalist...PUnitas/P3rdC/P3rdM/PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell...2011: NA
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Draft Scout A.J. McCarron News
12/01/13 - 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
12/01/13 - 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
12/01/13 - 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
11/24/13 - 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
11/24/13 - 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