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AJ McCarron
AJ  McCarron


Mobile, Ala.

High School:
Saint Paul's Episcopal School

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 214




Cooper Semifinalist for Maxwell; Collins Semifinalist for Bednarik

The Crimson Tide added to its list of national award semifinalist on Monday


The Battle Plan

Seventeen of our teams posted scores that were above the national average in their respective sports for the figures that cover the four-year period from the 2008-09 through 2012-13 school years.


Alabama has Five Players Selected on the Final Day of the NFL Draft

Kevin Norwood, Ed Stinson, AJ McCarron, Vinnie Sunseri and Jeoffrey Pagan all taken on final day of the draft


Cyrus Kouandjio goes in the Second Round to Buffalo

Kouandjio selected by the Bills with the 12th pick of the second round and the 44th overall selection


Alabama Holds Annual Pro Day for NFL Personnel

All 32 NFL teams were represented at Alabama's 2014 Pro Day


Children's Hospital Visit in New Orleans

Children's Hospital Visit in New Orleans


Sugar Bowl Day 3: AJ McCarron

Sugar Bowl Day 3: AJ McCarron


Sugar Bowl Press Conference: AJ McCarron

Sugar Bowl Press Conference: AJ McCarron


One-On-One with AJ McCarron

One-On-One with AJ McCarron


AJ McCarron on Heisman Finish

AJ McCarron on Heisman Finish


11-16-13 FB Alabama vs. Mississippi State

Alabama Football plays Mississippi State at Starkville.


10-12-13 FB Alabama vs. Kentucky

Alabama Football plays Kentucky in Lexington


11-24-12 FB Alabama vs. Auburn

Alabama Football plays Auburn at Bryant Denny Stadium


11-17-12 FB Alabama vs. Western Carolina

Alabama Football plays Western Carolina at Bryant Denny Stadium


11-10-12 FB Alabama vs. Texas A&M

Alabama plays Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

• AP third team All-American
• Second team All-SEC
• Finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
• 34-2 (.943) as a starter at Alabama
• Alabama record30 passing touchdowns in 2012
• Went 291 pass attempts (2011-12) without throwing an interception (second-longest streak in SEC history)

2012 (JUNIOR): 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) ... 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). Michigan: Threw for 199 yards (11-of-21) and two scores ... connected with DeAndrew White on 51-yard touchdown strike ... had 15-yard rush for first down. Western Kentucky: Equaled his career high with four TD passes ... threw for 219 yards (14-of-19) ... found Kevin Norwood on throws of 47 and 33 yards (Norwood and Christion Jones and Norwood each had two touchdowns). Arkansas: Passed for 189 yards (11-of-16) ... connected with Amari Cooper on 20-yard touchdown. Florida Atlantic: Completed 15-of-25 for 212 yards and three TDs ... completed six passes of 15-plus yards, with career-long 85-yard touchdown strike to Kenny Bell ... also found White and Jones on 4-yard TD passes. Mississippi: Completed 73.3 percent of his passes (22 of 30) for 180 yards and pair of scores to Cooper. Missouri: Threw for 171 yards while completing 76.2 percent (with no interceptions) ... lobbed 44-yard flea-flicker to Bell down to the three-yard line. Tennessee: Set a career-high with 306 passing yards (17-of-22; 77.2 percent) ... tied career high with four TD passes, on throws of 23, 1, 42 and 39 yards ... completed six passes of 20-plus yards ... Alabama offensive player of the week. Mississippi State: Turned in another strong outing against secondary that was touted as the best he hadseen to date in 2012 ... completed 16-of-23 passes for 208 yards and two scores before leaving in the third quarter with back contusion ... found Bell on perfectly-thrown, 57-yard touchdown strike (second series) ... connected with Michael Williams from nine yards on next series to go up 21-0 early in second quarter. LSU: Battled through back contusion to lead game-winning, 5-play, 72-yard drive in only 43 seconds for 21-17 come-from-behind victory ... 4-of-5 on final drive and found T.J. Yeldon for 28-yard screen play and the winning score ... went 8-of-9 for 109 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing) in the waning seconds of each half ... capped two-minute drill at end of the first half with nine-yard touchdown run ... extended his consecutive passes without an interception to 289. Texas A&M: Threw career-high 309 yards (21-of-34) with a touchdown and his first two interceptions of the season ... completed five passes of 20-plus yards, including 54-yard touchdown to Cooper with 6:09 remaining. Western Carolina: Played less than a half in 49-0 rout ... completed all six passes he attempted ... had 29-yard TD to Jones and 36-yard connection with Cooper down to the one-yard line ... averaged 22.2 yards per pass ... his touchdown pass set Alabama season record (21). Auburn: Sliced through Tigers defense for 216 yards while matching career-high with four TD passes (37, 7, 29 and 38 yards) ... completed 15-of-21 passes and earned Alabama offensive player of the week. Georgia: Found Cooper for 45-yard touchdown with 3:15 remaining, on what proved to be the winning play in 32-28 victory over the Bulldogs ... went 13-of-21 for 162 yards and one interception ... also rushed for 16 yards, including a 22-yard run shortly before halftime (leading to a field goal). Notre Dame: His numbers were again in the conversation for offensive MVP honors, completing 20-of-28 passes for 264 yards and four scores ... found Cooper on two touchdown strikes while also connecting with Williams and Lacy ... averaged 13.2 yards on 20 completions ... became the first quarterback of the BCS era to lead his team to back-to-back National Championships.

2011 (SOPHOMORE): McCarron started all 13 of the Crimson Tide's games in 2011 at quarterback ... showed poise, confidence and excellent decision-making while leading the Alabama offense ... posted a 12-1 record and won the national championship in his first year as the starting quarterback ... completed 66.8 percent of his passes, which was the second-highest percentage in school history ... threw for 2,634 yards and 16 touchdowns ... had just five interceptions ... went a span of 152 pass attempts without an interception from the end of the Kent State game to the first drive of the Tennessee game, which was the third-longest streak in school history ... finished 25th nationally and fourth in the SEC in passing efficiency at 147.3 ... ranked third in the league in total offense per game at 200.9 ypg ... led an offense that ranked 31st nationally in total offense (429.6 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (34.9 ppg). Kent State: Completed 61 percent of his passes for a career-best 226 yards and one touchdown ... did throw two interceptions, the second of which hit a receivers hands and was picked off on the deflection ... did split time with Phillip Sims. Penn State: Was poised in his first road start, coming at the legendary Beaver Stadium ... completed a career-high 19 passes in a career-best 31 attempts for 163 yards and a touchdown. North Texas: Precise in his execution, throwing for 190 yards on 15 completions ... connected on 71.4 percent of his passes ... averaged 12.7 yards per completion while splitting time with Sims. Arkansas: Completed 75 percent of his passes for 200 yards and a career-best two touchdowns ... hit his career-best pass to this point with a 61-yard hookup with Trent Richardson. Florida: Made all of the right decisions while leading the Alabama offense to a 38-10 win over the No. 12 Gators in the Swamp ... threw for 140 yards on 12 completions ... scored his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard sneak. Vanderbilt: Registered his best game to date with a then-career-best 237 yards on 23-of-30 passing ... had a career-high four touchdown passes, which is the second-best total in school history. Mississippi: Connected on 79.2 percent of his passes (19-of-24) for 224 yards and one touchdown ... named the Offensive Player of the Week by the Crimson Tide coaching staff ... connected with senior Brandon Gibson on an 11-yard scoring strike in the third quarter, his final drive of the game ... long connection was a 36-yard hookup with Darius Hanks. Tennessee: Hit 17-of-26 passes for a career-best 284 yards and a touchdown ... did throw his first interception in a span of 152 passes going back to the season opener vs. Kent State ... connected on his longest pass of the season to date, a 69-yard strike to Marquis Maze. LSU: Completed 16-of-28 passes for 199 yards and one interception ... suffered his first loss of the season. Mississippi State: Connected on 14-of-24 passes for 163 yards ... threw one interception ... completed a long of 38 yards. Georgia Southern: Threw for three touchdowns ... completed 14-of-19 passes for 190 yards ... ran three times for a career-high 11 yards. Auburn: Turned in possibly his most complete game to date in the 42-14 win over the Tigers ... completed 18-of-23 passes (78.3 percent) for 184 yards and three scores ... did not attempt a pass after the third quarter ... connected on touchdown passes of 41, 35 and five yards ... posted a quarterback rating of 188.5. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Earned Offensive MVP honors after throwing for 234 yards on 23-of-34 passing ... did not throw an interception while completing passes to seven different receivers.

2010 (FRESHMAN): McCarron played in all 13 games, eight of which were at the quarterback position ... was the primary holder on field goals and extra point attempts ... threw for 389 yards on 30-for-48 passing with three touchdowns ... posted a 151.20 quarterback rating. San Jose State: Earned his first collegiate playing time in the season opener ... threw for 116 yards on 9-for-14 passing ... tossed his first career touchdown on a 34-yard strike to Julio Jones. Penn State: Did play under center but was the holder on field goals. Duke: Was 3-of-6 passing for 53 yards with a long of 20 yards. Florida: Came off the bench late but did not throw a pass ... rushed one time for two yards. South Carolina: Had a pass dropped off a fake field goal attempt as the holder. Tennessee: Was a perfect 3-for-3 passing with a touchdown ... connected with Julio Jones on a 47 yard pass ... tossed a touchdown to Trent Richardson for his second of the season. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to complete two of five pass attempts for 50 yards with a long pass completion of 39 yards. Georgia State: Completed seven passes in nine attempts with a touchdown as a reserve quarterback ... tossed a seven-yard touchdown strike to Chris Underwood in the third quarter. Auburn: Came off the bench on the last drive of the game ... was 0-for-4 on a drive that started deep in his own territory. Michigan State: Played most of the second half at quarterback and completed all six passes for 51 yards and no interceptions ... long was 17 yards.

2009 (REDSHIRT): He redshirted during his first season at Alabama.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: McCarron was the lone quarterback in the Crimson Tide's 2009 recruiting class ... the Elite 11 quarterback has a strong and accurate arm ... SuperPrep All-American and listed as the publication's No. 9 quarterback ... U.S. Army All-American ... also SuperPrep's fifth-ranked player in the state of Alabama ... ranked as the nation's No. 37 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 quarterback ... the No. 7 pro-style quarterback by and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Alabama by the website ... rated him as the No. 17 quarterback ... a four-star prospect ... rated No. 5 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... the nation's No. 83 prospect by Tom Lemming's Prep Football ... the No. 26 player in The Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... No. 4 on the Press-Register's Elite 18 ... member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... two-time 5A All-State selection (2007-08) ... Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic MVP ... No. 41 on's Southeast 150 list ... threw for 6,066 yards, 66 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as a three-year starting quarterback at Saint Paul's Episcopal School ... threw for 1,560 yards, 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior ... was impressive as a junior with 2,532 yards, 26 touchdowns and three picks as he led the Saints to the Alabama 5A State Championship ... threw for 1,974 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore with four interceptions ... coached by Mike Bates ... chose Alabama over Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Auburn, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia and Purdue.