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Alabama Begins Prep for Mississippi State

Nov. 11, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team began on-field preparations for this weekend's SEC West game at Mississippi State with a two-hour practice in shells Monday on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The senior from Mobile has thrown for 19 touchdowns and 2,041 yards while completing 69.4 percent of his passes and leading the Tide to a 9-0 record. It marks the second straight year he is a finalist for the Golden Arm Award.

McCarron has a 34-2 (.944) career record that is the best in SEC history while compiling as many national championships as losses. He also holds the NCAA record for interception ratio (pass attempts to interceptions) among quarterbacks with at least 600 attempts. McCarron has tossed just 11 picks in 919 career attempts for a ratio of one interception every 93.5 attempts.

Fellow senior C.J. Mosley is also coming off of an outstanding performance against LSU, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Also a native of Mobile, Mosley had a game-high 12 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups while holding LSU to just 17 points, 43 rushing yards and 284 total yards.

The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled to kickoff at 6:45 p.m. Saturday on ESPN from Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. The Tide has won five straight in the series and own a 75-18-3 edge in the series.

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