Earlier this week, A.J. McCarron, quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, received word that he would be going to New York as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
This is a tremendous honor for McCarron, as it legitimizes the type of winner he has been for four years in Tuscaloosa. McCarron and the Tide won back-to-back national titles the last two seasons, and came up just short of returning to the title game in 2013.
McCarron’s only real shot at winning the Heisman was to go undefeated this year, and have his team on the brink of a third straight title when the Heisman voting took place. After losing to the Auburn Tigers, McCarron’s shot at the prestigious award went by the wayside.
His candidacy had to be all about the team, because his numbers simply don’t match up with Jameis Winston of the Florida State Seminoles, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois or Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies. McCarron has passed for 2,676 yards this season, with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. McCarron is currently eighth in the country in passing efficiency (165.9), but he trails both Winston (first) and Manziel (fourth).
McCarron, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award the nation’s best senior quarterback, is 36-3 as the starting quarterback for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. And while he hopes to become just the second Alabama player to ever win the Heisman (Mark Ingram in 2009), it does not appear to be in the cards. Winston is the overwhelming favorite for the Heisman, which will be announced on Saturday evening in New York.
Nevertheless, there are many quarterbacks that would trade places with McCarron, whether he brings home the Heisman or not.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com 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.