AJ McCarron kissed The Coaches’ Trophy after the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame, in Miami.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron goes into his final season looking for a third national title in a row. Here are some notes of interest on him.
McCarron’s 30 touchdown passes in 2012 set an Alabama season record. He tossed a 29-yard strike to Christion Jones against Western Carolina on Nov. 17 to surpass Greg McElroy’s 20 in 2010. McElroy’s mark was set in 13 games that season; McCarron moved past it in 11 games. He threw four touchdown passes in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game to post his total of 30, which ranked third in the SEC in 2012.
In his third year as Alabama’s quarterback, McCarron built a 25-2 record as a starter and led his team to back-to-back BCS National Championships. He has thrown 49 touchdown passes in his career against just eight interceptions, which averages out to one interception every 86.3 attempts, the best in SEC history by more than 24 attempts (Tim Tebow – 1:62.2). In 2012, McCarron threw 30 touchdown passes while tossing only three interceptions (one every 104.7 attempts) and led the nation in passing efficiency at 175.28. He is the first quarterback in Alabama history to lead his team to two national titles.
McCarron enters his senior season with a .926 winning percentage. He ranks second in winning percentage at Alabama and second in SEC history. Only Jay Barker‘s .934 winning percentage betters McCarron. Barker is also the school’s leader in career victories with 35 (35-1-1 record). McCarron ranks fifth in career victories. He is one win shy of Pat Trammell (26) in fourth and five wins back of Harry Gilmer in third (30). In SEC history, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel is third in winning percentage at .903 (32-3-1) and Georgia’s Buck Belue is fourth at .900 (27-3).
McCarron led Alabama to back-to-back BCS National Championships, becoming just the sixth quarterback to do so in the modern era of college football. The winners of back-to-back titles include: Notre Dame’s Johnny Lujack (1946-47), Nebraska’s Jerry Tagge (1970-71), Oklahoma’s Steve Davis (1974-75), Nebraska’s Tommy Frazier (1994-95) and Southern California’s Matt Leinart (2003-04). No player has ever led his team to three straight national championships, although Lujack did lead the Fighting Irish to three titles in his career (1943, 1946 and 1947).