Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had a typically efficient performance, running his stretch of passes thrown without an interception to a school-record 262 as he passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns while completing 16 of 23 pass attempts to spark the Crimson Tide offense.
OUTLOOK: Returns for his fifth year with the Crimson Tide in 2014 after receiving a medical redshirt in 2013 ... could be a key to the Alabama secondary at safety after losing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri to the NFL ... the Tide's most experienced safety, appearing in 29 career games with four starts ... has 41 career tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack and four pass breakups.
MEDICAL REDSHIRT (2013): Played in two games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... finished with one pass breakup.
JUNIOR: (2012): Played in all 14 games, starting four ... registered 38 tackles, with 18 solo stops, plus a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a sack. Michigan: Came off the bench to record three tackles (two solo). Western Kentucky: Earned his first career start, with two solo tackles. Arkansas: Assisted on three tackles and recovered a fumble while also breaking up a pass in shutout win. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on two tackles (one for loss). Mississippi: His two tackles included first career sack, in win over Rebels. Missouri: Broke up a pass and assisted on a tackle against the Tigers. Tennessee: Assisted on two tackles in a start against the Vols. Mississippi State: Totaled five tackles, including four solo stops. LSU: Started for third time and made career-high 10 tackles, including four solo stops, in key win at Baton Rouge. Western Carolina: Had five tackles, including four solo stops. Auburn: Assisted on two tackles in Iron Bowl starting role. Notre Dame: Logged one solo tackle in the Crimson Tide's 42-14 victory in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
SOPHOMORE (2011): A reserve safety for the Crimson Tide ... had two tackles on the season ... saw action in nine games. Kent State: Recorded one solo tackle. Tennessee: Assisted on one tackle in the win against the Volunteers.
FRESHMAN (2010): Saw action in six games during his true freshman season at the Capstone ... had one solo tackle while playing safety against Georgia State ... also saw time on special teams ... played against San Jose State, at Duke, at Tennessee, Mississippi State and Michigan State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was a four-star prospect who played for head coach Jamey Dubose at Prattville High School, where he helped the Lions capture the 2007 and 2008 Alabama 6A State Championship ... rated as the No. 17 safety nationally by Scout.com while being ranked 25th by Rivals.com and 27th by ESPNU ... a SuperPrep All-America and the No. 29 defensive back nationally by the publication ... SuperPrep also listed him as the No. 8 prospect in the state of Alabama ... also No. 8 on Mobile Press-Register's Alabama Elite 18 and 100th on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... the No. 8 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings ... No. 4 on the Tuscaloosa News Top 50 in Alabama ... a PrepStar All-American at defensive back ... made 55 tackles and intercepted six passes on his way to ASWA 6A All-State honors ... broke up five more passes as a senior while registering 41 solo stops and recovering two fumbles ... made 37 tackles as a junior in 2008, with four interceptions and six pass breakups ... made 17 tackles with a pass breakup and a fumble recovery as a sophomore in 2007 ... chose Alabama early over Auburn, LSU, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Southern Mississippi.