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.
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OUTLOOK: Returns for his senior year after a reclamation season in 2014 ... played in 27 games at the Capstone during the 2012 and 2014 seasons with one start with a season at East Mississippi (Miss.) Community College in 2013 ... has 31 career tackles with 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, three pass breakups and six quarterback hurries.
JUNIOR (2014): Returned after a year in junior college and earned an extensive role at defensive end following a solid spring and fall camp ... played in all 14 games with one start ... had 23 tackles with 13 solo stops, three tackles for loss (-12 yards), two sacks (-9 yards), three pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ... Alabama Defensive Player of the Week for his play against then-No. 1 Mississippi State. West Virginia: Started at defensive end against the Mountaineers and made three tackles with two solo stops ... helped limit WVU to just 28 rushing yards. FAU: Made two assisted tackles against the Owls. Southern Miss: Recorded a solo tackle against USM … helped limit the Golden Eagles to just 56 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Florida: Broke up a pass and added a quarterback hurry. Ole Miss: Made one solo tackle coming off the bench. Texas A&M: Registered half of a sack (-2 yards) with a career-high four tackles (all assisted). Tennessee: Came off the bench as part of the defensive line rotation and made one solo tackle. LSU: Made two assisted tackles with half of a sack (-2 yards) ... added a quarterback hurry as the Tide allowed just 76 passing yards. Mississippi State: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the top-ranked Bulldogs ... had three solo stops and four solo tackles. Auburn: Had a game-high two quarterback hurries and knocked down a pass ... made two solo stops in the Tide’s 55-44 win in the Iron Bowl. Missouri: Made two solo tackles as the Tide limited the Tigers to just 41 rushing yards. Ohio State: Logged his second sack of the season, dropping the Buckeyes’ quarterback for a loss of five yards.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 13 games, with eight tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 25 yards while registering 2.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards … earned Freshman All-SEC honors from the league coaches. Michigan: Came off the bench to assist on a sack. Western Kentucky: Recorded two tackles, including one for a loss of four yards. Arkansas: Came off the bench to record a four-yard sack. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on one tackle for loss. Mississippi State: Assisted on one tackle and was credited with a quarterback hurry in the win against the Bulldogs. LSU: Assisted on one tackle in the key victory against the Tigers. Notre Dame: Sacked Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson for an 11-yard loss.
Freshman (2011): Redshirted as a true freshman.
PREVIOUS SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL DATA: Returned to the Capstone after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Tide … honorable mention NJCAA All-American and first team All-Region choice at East Mississippi Junior College in 2013 … registered 45 tackles with 18.5 tackles for loss (99 yards) and 11.5 sacks at EMCC in 2013 … a four-star prospect coming out of junior college and high school … the No. 15 junior college player by 247Sports Composite and No. 22 in the Top247, while rating as the No. 3 strong-side defensive end … 16th in the ESPN JC50 and the No. 2 defensive end … No. 25 in the Rivals Top 100 Junior College rankings … named a PrepStar JUCO All-American … redshirted in 2011 and then registered eight tackles with four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks during 13 games in 2012 … after his senior year at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Fla., ranked as the No. 13 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and the site’s No. 145 player overall … Rivals.com listed him as the No. 25 overall player in Florida … ESPNU had him slotted as the No. 21 defensive end in the 2011 class while Scout.com ranked him 23rd … participated in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl, where he was selected as the No. 3 prospect … No. 57 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … No. 96 on the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 … No. 34 player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine … registered 78 tackles and four sacks as a senior in 2010 … made 85 stops and 16 sacks as a junior in 2009 while also forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble … a second team All-State choice on the defensive line in the 2B classification in 2009 … also a 2009 first team All-Area choice by the Pensacola News Journal … Pettway does not count as an initial counter for the 2014 class after initially signing with the Tide in 2011 … chose Alabama over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Clemson and Southern California.