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McCarron named an SEC Player of the Week

Alabama's AJ McCarron, center, celebrates during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Alabama’s AJ McCarron, center, celebrates during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Crimson Tide to a 49-42 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday.

Here’s what he did:

• Completed 20 of 29 passes for a career-high 334 yards with 4 TDs and 0 INT.

• 5-yard pass to Jalston Fowler with 2:28 left put Alabama up 49-35 and proved to be game-winner.

• Also had TD passes of 22, 44 and 51 yards (four different receivers for scores).

• Improved record as starter to 27-2, including a 15-0 mark away from Tuscaloosa.

• Now second in Alabama record backs for passing yardage (passing Brodie Croyle) with 6,400 yards.

• 4 TD passes tied his career-best.

• Also responsible for checking at line of scrimmage for run plays as Alabama totaled 234 yards on the ground (568 yards total)

• McCarron was the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week

McCarron up for award

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws during passing drills during an NCAA college football practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (AP Photo)

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws during passing drills during an NCAA college football practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron has been nominated for the Senior CLASS Award. The award goes to seniors who achieve on and off the field.

The award looks at community, classroom, character and competition. CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

There are 30 candidates with 12 with 3.0 GPAs or higher, seven all-Americans and 12 who were all-conference. Here’s a link to the full list.

Ten finalists will be named at midseason and then the winner announced in January. Coaches, media and fans will get to vote for he winner.

And check out my story in Friday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily about how some key special teams players are doing, besides returner star Christion Jones.

AJ McCarron notes

AJ McCarron kissed The Coaches' Trophy after the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame, in Miami.

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).

AJ McCarron talks Virginia Tech

Here’s the full video interview with Alabama football team quarterback AJ McCarron on Monday as the top-ranked Crimson Tide prepares to open the season Saturday in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome against Virginia Tech.

SEC Hesiman candidates and my record picking the winner

 

Another national title will help Alabama QB AJ McCarron this season in the Heisman Trophy race.

 

Another national title will help Alabama QB AJ McCarron this season in the Heisman Trophy race.

Check out my Sunday story in the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily here. I look at the three SEC quarterbacks with great shots at winning the Heisman Trophy.

Yes, Heisman hype before training camp even begins.

However, when you have last year’s winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time national champion AJ McCarron of Alabama and standout Aaron Murray of Georgia in the same room, you can’t help it.

I caught up with them last week in Hoover during the SEC Media Days. All of them place winning titles ahead of awards, but combine a title and the numbers they produce and they have a great shot at winning. A QB has won the last three times, and two of them were SEC quarterbacks.

I’ve been a Heisman voter since 2007 and picked the winner five of the six times. I missed 2011 and Robert Griffin III. He was on my ballot, but I went with Stanford’s Andrew Luck as my winner.

Walter Camps watch list

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Watch list season concluded Friday when four Alabama football players were placed on the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which goes to the best player in the nation.

It’s the same award as the Heisman Trophy, but with less hype and politics.

The Crimson Tide candidates are receiver Amari Cooper, quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley and running back T.J.Yeldon.

Alabama is well represented in the watch lists, which is an indication of the talent on the roster.

And if you missed it in my Alabama notebook here, Yeldon was also placed on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

McCarron on O’Brien list

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has led the Tide to national titles in 2011 and 2012. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has led the Tide to national titles in 2011 and 2012. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

Alabama’s AJ McCarron was named on Wednesday to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to the top quarterback in the nation.

McCarron, a senior, was a semifinalist for the award last season when he guided the Crimson Tide to his second straight national title.

He was a third-team All-American, second-team all-SEC, a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, led the nation in passing efficiency (175.3) and had a school-record 30 touchdowns.

AJ McCarron talks playing with little brother, Nick Saban’s sense of humor and more on Dan Patrick Show

In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show (Twitter), Alabama starting quarterback delves into why he “didn’t talk to Coach Saban,” about leaving Alabama early for the 2013 NFL Draft.

McCarron also has some interesting things to say on his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, and her appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition plus his budding friendship with Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

The interview is 10 minutes long, and truly worth your time.

Short national championship celebration

How long have you celebrated Alabama’s win in January’s BCS National Championship Game? Better yet, have you stopped?

According to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, the team stopped a long time ago.

“As soon as you win, I think we had maybe 72 hours, and then we were back to, ‘This team hasn’t done anything,’ ” McCarron said. “Not a whole lot of celebration around here. It doesn’t matter how many you win. Like Coach (Nick Saban) says, ‘It’s not about what you did in the past, it’s what you’re doing right now.’

“That’s all anybody cares about. That’s how you see guys lose their jobs. They become complacent and don’t really care about the pleasant day and live more off the past. Like I said, they get complacent and end up hurting themselves. I don’t think anybody’s thought about the national championship last year. Everybody’s looking forward to this year.”

Actually, 72 hours is a longer celebration than usual for Alabama. Saban’s rule typically is that players can enjoy a win for 24 hours and then must put it away.

New media guide covers

Alabama has released four different ones that the school is using for its 2012 football media guide covers. In order, they feature Robert Lester, Damion Square, Barrett Jones and AJ McCarron (who shares his cover with Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker). Which is your favorite?

Fan Day videos, Part II (offense)

Here’s a few more looks at the receivers and quarterbacks.

Fan Day videos, Part I

Next, the Crimson Tide offense works on some passing and catching. (AJ McCarron (10), Phillip Sims (14), Greg McElroy (12), Julio Jones (7).

More to come.

Star Jackson transferring, Tiffin cut from Browns

It was a busy news day, and of course I was wrapped up working on other stories and missed some of the bigger headlines of the day.

First, in a hardly surprising move, it appears Star Jackson’s Alabama career is over. Nick Saban confirmed the sophomore quarterback’s plans to transfer at today’s stop on the Crimson Caravan, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

Since the once heralded recruit is third on the quarterback depth chart behind Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron, this hardly came as a surprise.

In NFL news, former Crimson Tide kicker Leigh Tiffin got some bad news a day after getting some good news. The Muscle Shoals product was cut by the Cleveland Browns a day after signing a free agent deal.

VIDEO: Brandon Gibson's A-Day game-winning catch

Here it is, followed by the White team running me over. Enjoy.

VIDEO: Quarterbacks, linebackers at Thursday practice

This will conclude my video work at football practice this spring. There may be a few taken at Saturday’s A-Day, but no more blocking sleds until fall. Here is a look at the quarterbacks.

Followed by the linebackers.