The Crimson Tide complete improbable win with 50 seconds remaining in Death Valley
OUTLOOK: A.J. McCarron enters the 2010 season off of a redshirt year and a impressive showing during spring practice ... gained valuable knowledge of the Crimson Tide offense during his time at the Capstone ... earned the No.2 quarterback job behind Greg McElroy after the open week in 2009 ... a strong-armed quarterback with good awareness and touch ... won the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award after 2010 spring practice.
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 Rivals.com and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Alabama by the website ... Scout.com 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 Scout.com'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.