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
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OUTLOOK: Quickly earned a role on the Alabama defensive line as a true freshman and will battle for a starting job in 2014 after the NFL departure of both starting ends from a season ago ... has 16 career tackles with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
FRESHMAN (2013): A backup defensive end who played his way into the rotation along the defensive line ... appeared in 13 games, with 16 total stops and 10 solo tackles ... had half of a sack a forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. Virginia Tech: Registered two solo tackles in the 35-10 victory over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Ole Miss: Made one solo tackle as a reserve defensive end as the Tide shut out the Rebels 25-0. Arkansas: Notched one solo stop and a quarterback hurry in the shutout win over the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Came off the bench to make a season-high three tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi State: Assisted on two tackles, one for loss, against the Bulldogs. Chattanooga: Named one of Alabama's Defensive Players of the Week ... totaled four tackles with two solo stops and a forced fumble. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops ... added half of a sack (-5 yards).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the premier defensive prospects in the 2013 signing class ... a five-star player by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... 2012 Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the Year ... first team Parade Magazine All-American ... second team USA Today All-American in 2012 ... the No. 11 player in the Top247 and the No. 2 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports.com while ranking second among players from Virginia ... listed 17th in the 247Composite listing and the No. 3 OLB .... also the No. 11 player nationally and the No. 2 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, plus the No. 1 player in Virginia ... Scout.com ranked him the No. 2 defensive end and 34th in the Scout 300 ... 28th in the ESPN 150 and outlet's No. 3 defensive end ... ranked 36th in the Tom Lemming MaxPrep rankings and the outlet's No. 4 defensive end nationally ... first team All-American as a defensive lineman by MaxPreps ... a five-star defensive end by PrepStar who ranked third at his position and 18th nationally ... member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and a PrepStar All-American ... posted 119 tackles with nine sacks, six fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups, six blocked kicks and had seven pass breakups as a senior in 2012 ... totaled 102 stops with 15 sacks and seven blocked kicks as a junior ... finished with 87 tackles, 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2010 ... two-time first team All-State performer in Virginia and Washington Post All-Metro selection ... coached by Mickey Thompson at Stone Bridge High School ... chose Alabama over Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.