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
McCarron completed 21 of 35 pass attempts, including one touchdown, and the Alabama offense churned out 668 total yards while producing two 100-yard rushing performances and a 300-yard passer in the same game for the first time in the Tide's illustrious football history
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Came to Alabama as the top tight end prospect in the class of 2013 ... participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game ... arrived at Alabama as an early enrollee in January of 2013 ... a five-star prospect and the No. 7 prospect nationally in the Rivals100 ... Rivals.com top-ranked tight end and No. 2 player in Alabama ... 247Sports.com ranked him 20th in its Top247 with five stars while listing him as the No. 1 tight end and the No. 2 player in the state ... the 247Composite listed him 14th nationally ... No. 14 in the Scout 300 and Scout.com's top-ranked tight end ... ranked 45th in the ESPN 150, the No. 2 tight end and No. 24 in the southeast region by ESPN ... Sporting News No. 32 player in the nation ... rated eighth nationally by MaxPreps (Tom Lemming) and the No. 1 tight end ... No. 13 player nationally by PrepStar, the publication's No. 1 tight end and a member of the PrepStar Dream Team... three-time first team AISA All-State selection ... missed part of his senior year due to injury, but amassed 854 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns ... accounted for 57 tackles on the defensive side of the ball in 2012 ... named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super 12 team ... AISA 2012 Lineman of the Year ... as a junior in 2011, had 11 receiving touchdowns, eight rushing scores and also threw for three touchdowns ... caught 41 passes for 926 yards while rushing for 487 yards in 2011 ... had 89 tackles with eight sacks and three forced fumbles on defense during his junior season ... as a sophomore in 2010, set the school record with 31 total touchdowns while also breaking the school's receiving records ... named the team's 2010 defensive MVP after making 89 tackles with six interceptions and four sacks ... coached by Chris Honeycutt at Autauga Academy ... chose Alabama over Florida, Southern California and Auburn.