AJ McCarron could go down as the most successful quarterback in collegiate history. Before you start throwing things at your computer or sending me Twitter hater barbs let me explain. If McCarron and Alabama complete their third consecutive BCS National Title McCarron will be unprecedented among quarterbacks just as Nick Saban will be among college football coaches. The dominance Alabama has established over every team not named LSU in the last couple years has been phenomenal.
McCarron is the best player on the best team in the country. He isn’t as flashy as Johnny Manziel, but he is ruthlessly efficient and directs the potent Tide offense like a master. There are other players who are getting a lot of notoriety and attention and are certainly worthy of it such as Florida State University’s star freshman Jameis Winston. The Seminole signal caller has directed FSU to an unbeaten season thus far and unleashed thunder on a very good Clemson squad in Death Valley. There is likely a showdown coming between these two in the not too distant future.
McCarron has quietly and efficiently gone about his business, and certainly his last couple games will be a telling sign of his Heisman worthiness. He has seemed to make magic happen against LSU, and a strong performance Saturday against the Tigers could catapult him into the conversation. Should he or his team have a rough outing he will be but a distant memory in that conversation much the way the Oregon Ducks, their BCS title aspirations and any chance at a Heisman were laid waste on a crisp California night by Stanford. Special players make special plays, and for McCarron the time and opportunity are right in front of him.