Alabama Crimson Tide: A.J. McCarron is Simply A Winner

By Tim Letcher
Thomas Campbell, USA TODAY SPORTS

A.J. McCarron, quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide, has been called many things during his career, not including what some opposing fans may have called him. McCarron has been called a game manager. He’s been called robotic. And he’s been called Katherine Webb’s boyfriend.

No matter what adjectives or titles are used to describe McCarron, there is one word that, without a doubt, describes him – winner. McCarron has won two straight BCS National Championships, and appears to be in line for another championship this season. Alabama’s road to that third straight title continued on Saturday night as the Tide pounded the Arkansas Razorbacks, 52-0 in Tuscaloosa.

McCarron wasn’t spectacular in the game, but he rarely is asked to be. On Saturday, he completed 15 of 21 through the air for 180 yards, with three touchdowns. McCarron had no turnovers and led the Tide to 532 yards of total offense.

When he is asked to carry the load, he is able. Just ask the Texas A&M Aggies, who saw McCarron light them up earlier this season.

The senior signal caller is now 32-2 as a starter at Alabama, meaning he has won 94.1 percent of games he has started. That’s the highest percentage in Southeastern Conference history. He’s now just four wins shy of breaking the school record of 35 wins by a starting quarterback, held by Jay Barker.

McCarron may never win an award like the Heisman Trophy, or any other individual award, but he has a chance to leave Tuscaloosa with three championship rings, and those are the things that make him such a special player.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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