AJ McCarron has a chance to become the first quarterback to win three consecutive national championships if his Alabama Crimson Tide are able to once again repeat their success and capture another BCS title. However, the quarterback may not hear the same individual hype as a Johnny Manziel or a Teddy Bridgewater.
McCarron has started for the Tide since his redshirt-sophomore season in 2011. Since taking over, McCarron’s Tide have won the national championship in each of his two seasons under center.
Last season, McCarron saw his career highs in touchdown passes for a season as a starter with 30 and lows in interceptions with three. Although he may have an impressive win-loss record and an impressive ratio of touchdowns-to-turnovers, McCarron has some doubters who believe he is just a product of the most talented team and coaching staff in college football.
Not to say McCarron isn’t a good or even great quarterback, but he surely is vastly overrated. If he were on any team other than the Tide, McCarron’s numbers would be vastly different.
But because he is the starting quarterback of the Nick Saban-led Alabama Crimson Tide, McCarron has two national championships, media attention and the spotlight.
Recent Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks have been individuals who have shined on teams and have clearly played the greatest role in success. Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Manziel have all been the clear cut best players on their team.
On Alabama’s roster, it is doubtful that McCarron is even in the top five. Let alone, the top three best quarterbacks in his conference.
The Saban era of Alabama football has seen success before McCarron (John Parker Wilson and Greg McIlroy) and will likely see just as much success in his absence. McCarron has embraced the role of a game manager in a talented running offense to do just enough to keep his team in games.
It is obvious that McCarron is a product of the Alabama offense and is vastly overrated when compared to top tier college football quarterbacks.