Alabama QB A.J. McCarron Is Worthy of Heisman Contender Status

By Steve LeMaster
Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Junior quarterback A.J. McCarron has led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 9-0 start. The McCarron-led Tide knocked off another fellow Southeastern Conference on Saturday, upending the host LSU Tigers 21-17. He’s not the Heisman Trophy favorite, but in this election season, McCarron is running a good campaign. The Alabama field general could pick up some votes and push for one of the top-three spots in the Heisman Trophy voting before the award is given out in December.

His team is perfect and McCarron has completed 126-of-204 passes for 1,849 yards and 19 touchdowns. McCarron has yet to throw an interception this season. The Crimson Tide quarterback has also rushed for a touchdown.

In case you missed it, McCarron led defending national champion Alabama to a thrilling come-from-behind win over LSU on Saturday. McCarron’s lone scoring toss on Saturday night gave him 38 career touchdown passes in his career, which is fourth in the history of the storied Alabama football program.

McCarron has been exceptional under center for the Crimson Tide. He continues to add to his school record of passes without an interception. McCarron exited the LSU game with an active streak of 289 passing attempts without an interception. He has 19 touchdown passes this season, ranking him second on the Alabama single-season passing touchdowns list. McCarron  is likely to eclipse that mark in the next game or so. The Alabama school record for single-season passing touchdowns is 20, set by Greg McElroy in 2010.

McCarron’s next opportunity to impress Heisman voters will come on Saturday, Nov. 10 when Alabama hosts an SEC newcomer. The Crimson Tide will entertain the Texas A&M Aggies in their next outing.


Steve LeMaster is a college football columnist for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.

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