By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
In preparation for the Heisman Trophy presentation this weekend, the SEC Digital Network will be taking a look at the cases for each of the league’s three players in consideration for the sport’s most prestigious award. Yesterday we looked at Auburn’s Tre Mason
and today’s subject will be Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel will wrap up the series tomorrow.
McCarron has been at the center of a dominant run for the Alabama football program, helping the Crimson Tide win back-to-back national titles in 2012 and 2013 that made it three out of four overall following its championship in 2010.
During his three years as the starting quarterback in Tuscaloosa, McCarron has set school and SEC records for career wins (36), taking part in two national championship campaigns compared to just three career losses. McCarron has performed when the lights were brightest, notching seven career wins over opponents ranked in the top-10.
This season, McCarron has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions. He’s completed 67.6 percent of his passes with an 8.7-yard per attempt average, and his 165.9 pass efficiency rating ranks eighth nationally.
In Alabama’s marquee games this year, McCarron was stellar. In the Tide’s early season showdown with Texas A&M at Kyle Field, the senior went 20-for-29 for 334 yards and four touchdowns to help Alabama outscore the Aggies 49-42. On Nov. 9 against LSU, he once again tossed three touchdowns with a passer rating of 194.7. In Bama’s loss at Auburn in the season finale, he posted another three-touchdown performance to go along with 277 yards.
McCarron did not throw a single interception in any of those three games, and his passer rating against teams ranked in the AP poll was 192.8, which ranked second nationally in such games.
McCarron was named second team All-SEC Tuesday as voted on by the league’s 14 coaches.