Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
OUTLOOK: Earned Freshman All-America honors in 2012 from Sporting News and followed that up by earning the starting job at jack linebacker in 2013 ... enters the 2014 campaign as one of the Tide's most seasoned outside linebackers ... played in 27 career games as a reserve linebacker and pass-rush specialist with 48 career tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Started three games and saw significant action in all 13 contests at jack linebacker ... recorded 30 tackles with 14 solo stops, five tackles for loss (22 yards), three sacks (20 yards), three quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and two forced fumbles. Virginia Tech: Registered two solo tackles in win over the Hokies. Texas A&M: Forced a fumble and made a career-high five tackles (three solo) in victory at Kyle Field. Colorado State: Assisted on one tackle in home opener against the Rams. Ole Miss: Recorded two sacks for a loss of 16 yards as the Tide limited the Rebels to 205 total yards and shut them out 25-0 ... the two sacks equaled his career high. Georgia State: Had one solo tackle as the Crimson Tide held the Panthers to 15 rushing yards. Kentucky: Added a solo tackle in the 48-7 win that saw Alabama allow only 170 yards of total offense. Arkansas: Registered a sack for a loss of four yards ... had three total tackles and a quarterback hurry, as the Razorbacks managed only 91 yards passing. Tennessee: Had four tackles with a solo stop and a pass breakup. LSU: Started and had four tackles with one solo stop ... added a quarterback hurry. Mississippi State: Did not start in the nickel formation, but he came off the bench to record a quarterback hurry and assisted on one tackle. Chattanooga: Made one assisted tackle as the Tide first-team players saw just over a half of action. Auburn: Added two assisted tackles with half of a tackle for loss (1 yard). Oklahoma: made three tackles with two solo stops.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in all 14 games as a true freshman, with emerging role in third-down pass-rush situations ... recorded 18 tackles, with seven solo stops ... two sacks (-15 yards), three tackles for loss (-28) and three quarterback hurries. Arkansas: Came off the bench to record four tackles, including a sack for seven yards and a fumble recovery. Florida Atlantic: Totaled two tackles, including a solo stop in the win against the Owls. Tennessee: Assisted on two tackles in the win against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Had his best game to date in the crimson and white ... made two solo tackles, both for loss, and two quarterback hurries ... rocked the Bulldogs quarterback for his second sack of the season (8 yards) and posted another tackle for loss (13 yards). Texas A&M: Assisted on one tackle against the Aggies. Western Carolina: Made three tackles with one solo stop, plus a quarterback hurry. Auburn: Assisted on two tackles in the Iron Bowl shutout win. Notre Dame: Came off the bench to record one assisted tackle in the 42-14 win over the Fighting Irish.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Arrived at Alabama as one of the top players from Louisiana ... a physical linebacker with good size and skill, ranked as the nation's 111th-overall prospect by 247sports.com and No. 122 in the Rivals250 ... a consensus four-star player ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 2 player in Louisiana and the country's No. 5 linebacker prospect ... 247sports.com rated him as the No. 3 player in the state and the ninth-best inside linebacker target ... Scout.com saw him as the No. 8 middle linebacker nationally ... a SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 5 linebacker nationally ... SuperPrep's No. 3 player in Louisiana ... ESPNU ranked him as the No. 98 player in the southeast and the No. 22 defensive end ... No. 48 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 131 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 11 defensive end ... 2011 Louisiana Sports Writers Association 4A All-State selection ... recorded 73 tackles as a senior at Bastrop High School, logging 53 solo stops, two sacks, three pass breakups, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery ... coached by Thomas Bachman ... chose Alabama over LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas and TCU.