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
2012 (FRESHMAN): Made his presence known immediately with 111 yards and a touchdown in his first game at Alabama ... named Freshman All-American by Sporting News and Scout.com ... SEC All-Freshman Team selection by the league coaches ... first Alabama true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first to rush for 100-plus yards in his debut game ... finished with five 100-yard rushing games, despite coming off the bench all season ... averaged 6.3 yards per carry, second-best (behind Lacy) among the SEC's top-15 running backs ... ranked ninth in the SEC in rushing at 79.1 yards per game ... ran for 1,108 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 175 carries ... caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score ... had 13 total touchdowns ... averaged 13.1 yards per reception and 6.7 yards per touch ... broke the Tide's freshman rushing record, surpassing Terry Grant's 891 yards in 2007 ... equaled Mark Ingram's freshman rushing touchdown record from 2008, with 12 scores on the ground ... joined Lacy as the first pair of Tide running backs to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season ... had 57 rushes and six receptions that went for a first down or a touchdown, plus five receptions of 15-plus yards and 25 rushes of 12-plus. Michigan: Rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown to become Alabam's first true freshman to go for at least 100 yards in his debut game ... also had one reception for 26 yards ... long rush was 40 yards, long reception 26. Western Kentucky: Carried the ball six times for 25 yards, adding four receptions for 47. Arkansas: Rushed 13 times for 55 yards with a one-yard touchdown ... also caught a pass for 18 yards. Florida Atlantic: Averaged 6.3 yards per carry against (63 yards on 10 rushed) ... had one first down rush and a long carry of 15. Mississippi: Rushed 10 times for 38 yards (long of 10) ... caught one pass for three yards. Missouri: Carried a season-high 18 times for a season-best 144 yards ... accounted for seven first-down rushes ... scored two touchdowns on the ground ... long rush was 27 ... scored from 15 late in the second quarter, leaping from the five-yard line and getting the ball inside the pylon. Tennessee: Averaged 8.6 yards per game and recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing game, going for 129 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries ... had five rushes for first downs and three runs of 15-plus ... scored on runs of 43 yards and one yard. Mississippi State: Led the Tide with 84 yards on 10 carries (8.4 avg.) ... scored opening touchdown on elusive 11-yard run ... broke loose for game-high 30-yard run. LSU: His 28-yard touchdown on a screen pass with 0:51 remaining against in Death Valley was the difference in the Tide's 21-17, come-from-behind victory ... rushed 11 times for 76 yards ... converted four first downs on the ground and one in the air ... had three "explosive" rushes of 12-plus yards. Texas A&M: Managed only 29 yards on 10 carries ... scored from two yards for his eighth rushing score of the season ... caught two passes for nine yards. Western Carolina: Rushed for 55 yards on seven carries (7.9 avg.) ... long run was 15 yards ... scored his ninth touchdown from three yards out ... had two rushes for first downs. Auburn: Rushed for 38 yards on eight carries in his first Iron Bowl ... recorded his 10th touchdown of the season on a early two-yard run. Georgia: Rushed for season-high 153 yards on a season-best 25 rushes ... scored on 10-yard scamper ... had eight rushes that converted first downs and three rushes of 12-plus yards ... reached the 1,000-yard mark on his 25th rush of the game. Notre Dame: Pounded his way to 108 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in a 42-14 Alabama victory in the Discover BCS National Championship Game ... added one reception ... long gain was 10 yards ... had four runs that converted first downs.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Mr. Football in the state of Alabama by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA ... second-team USA Today High School All-American ... a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com ... the country's No. 1 running back by 247sports.com and the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama ... also 247sports.com's 13th overall player in the Top 247 ... the No. 2 running back according to Rivals.com and the site's No. 12 in the Rivals100 and the No. 2 player in the state ... ESPNU lists him with four stars and ranks him as the No. 4 running back ... is No. 55 in the ESPNU 150 ... is 28th in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and the No. 4 player in Alabama ... Scout.com rates Yeldon with four stars and the No. 8 running back ... SuperPrep All-American and the nation's No. 6 running back ... ranks 29th in SuperPrep's Elite 50 and No. 2 player in the state ... No. 55 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 8 running back ... No. 2 in the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 5 in the Super Southeast 120 ... No. 2 on the Birmingham News Super Seniors list ... selected to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... rushed for an astounding 2,193 yards on 232 carries and scored 31 touchdowns in 2011, averaging 9.5 yards per carry ... also caught 19 passes for 506 yards and a score ... totaled 1,112 yards and 18 scores on the ground as a junior in 2010 while also catching a career-best 34 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns ... had 1,121 yards on 201 carries as a sophomore with 34 catches for 361 yards and one TD ... rushed for 227 yards and one score while hauling in 131 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air ... finished his high school career with 4,653 yards on the ground with 65 rushing touchdowns while accounting for 1,502 receiving yards and eight scores ... accumulated 6,155 yards from scrimmage in four years with 73 touchdowns ... coached by Glenn Vickery at Daphne High School where they won the 2010 Alabama 6A State Championship ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Clemson.