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Alabama QB AJ McCarron is Most Underrated Player in College Football

AJ McCarron

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Winning two straight national titles and passing for over 5,000 yards, 46 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in those two seasons should be good enough to earn the distinction of best quarterback in college football. However, the likes of Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller and Teddy Bridgewater attract all the attention away from Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron.

McCarron has an accurate attack and can thread the needle with the best of them. Completing nearly 67 percent of his passes over the last two seasons, no player has meant more to their team than McCarron has.

So why does the senior quarterback never get any love from college football spectators outside of Alabama? Well, for one, he doesn’t have huge numbers. Sure, his career 49 touchdowns and eight interceptions are pretty impressive numbers, but not exceeding 3,000 passing yards in a single season won’t win him any awards.

Another reason for his lack of love from college football’s strong fan base is his inability to run. Look at the last six Heisman-winning quarterbacks and you can see that five of them were dual-threat quarterbacks. College football has developed into a game that values dual-threat quarterbacks far more than pocket-passers — that’s the harsh reality for McCarron.

While he doesn’t need to be a running quarterback in order to be successful — proven by his two national titles — he needs to be able to pass for 3,000-plus yards in order to be considered for a Heisman Trophy.

McCarron’s completion percentage, high touchdown numbers and low interception numbers would be enough to be Heisman-worthy if he just added the yardage. Too bad he doesn’t get as many opportunities to pass because of the legitimate run offense he’s had behind him for two years.

Watch out for McCarron’s Heisman campaign in 2013.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.