Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s longest completion in the Sept. 29th win over Ole Miss covered only 17 yards.
That’s fine with McCarron, a strong-armed junior who had completions of 26, 28 and 51 yards against Michigan in the season opener.
“We just take what the defense gives us,” McCarron said. “Everybody keeps talking about the vertical passing game, but if they’re not going to give us the vertical passing game then we’re not going to take it.
“Teams have been giving us underneath and that’s what we’re going to take. We’re not going to force things.”
He added that it’s the same with the running game.
“Definitely. Some teams are going to load the box, play man, make you throw the ball vertically and beat them,” he said. “Some teams are going to play zone. They can have the outside linebackers stacked in, closer to the box, so they’re able to guard the pass in zone and play the run at the same time.”