After stops in Charlotte and Houston, the Alabama linebacker was in Orlando on Thursday evening for the Home Depot College Football Awards show. He'll leave without the Chuck Bednarik Award — the only one he was up for this time.
Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh won the honor. Anthony Barr of UCLA was also a finalist for the award going to the nation's top defensive player. Mosley was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi awards. Donald won both of those awards in ceremonies held earlier this week.
Rough week for C.J. He probably suffered as much from the Iron Bowl loss more any other player, where individual honors are concerned. It's a shame that what may have been the worst game of his career came on his last game before the votes, and on a major stage at that.
Alabama's AJ McCarron beat out Florida State's Jameis Winston, a Hueytown product, and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel for the Maxwell Award for national college football player of the year. McCarron said he was "super surprised" to win the award. The stunned look on his face when the announcement was made proved it.
Super happy for AJ. Nice to see he'll walk away from the game with some hardware.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's first trip to New York City won't happen as quickly as the five other finalists for the Heisman trophy. While front-runner Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason and Boston College running back Andre Williams are smiling for the cameras one day before a winner is unveiled at the Best Buy Theater, McCarron will be in Baltimore, where he'll accept the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. There are certainly worse reasons to delay a trip McCarron's been waiting more than 22 years to make.
McCarron was one of three Alabama players who made the first team. Left tackle Cyrus Kounandjio made the offensive side while linebacker C.J. Mosley was one of the three linebackers. Winston was the second team quarterback.
Alabama had four members on last year's team — two on offense and two on defense. Offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack made it along with linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner.
The first-team selection makes McCarron eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame down the road.
Again, I'm super glad for AJ here, but lets be honest - his HoF chances died when the hunt for three national titles died. AJ's only claim to the Heisman and a future place in the CFB HoF was that he was the only guy to ever win three national titles. Without that, I suspect it is highly unlikely that AJ makes it into the hall.
Unitas, Maxwell Awards: AJ McCarron, Alabama
Reaction: From a talent perspective, McCarron doesn't match up with Winston and Johnny Manziel, the other Maxwell finalists and frankly, my vote (if they asked for it) for the Unitas Award for the nation's top quarterback would have gone to Fresno State's Derek Carr, a senior and first round pick, rather than McCarron, who I view as more of a second day selection. McCarron is not a future All-Pro but I believe he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Accurate to the short and intermediate levels and athletic enough for rolling out, McCarron projects best in a timing-based offense with West Coast principles.
Glad to see that people are acknowledging that AJ has the capacity to be a starter at the next level. I would love for him to explode in the NFL.
Brown declined to say whether the Alamo Bowl against Oregon would be his final game, explaining only that his "situation has not changed." One aspect of Brown's uncertain status has to do with new athletic director Steve Patterson. Patterson was selected to replace DeLoss Dodds, who is in the process of transitioning out of the job in preparation for his retirement in 2014.
Brown indicated that he wants to sit down with Patterson and Texas President Bill Powers to "talk about where we're going and where our program is going."
This is the song that never ends. It just goes on and on, my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was. Those people, they're still singing it. The reason is because this is the song that never ends. It just goes on and on...
"Those final conference games are going to be critical," Osborne said. For a comparison to this season, think about a two-loss Stanford or one-loss Michigan State getting in. Both looked good down the stretch and won a conference championship game. Both have looked dominant at times. Stanford plays in the Pac-12, arguably the second-best conference this year, so maybe the league should have a rep in the top four.
Also noteworthy is Osborne said he consults with former coaches that he knows for objective views on teams, including former Auburn coach Pat Dye, the same one who ripped Condoleezza Rice for being on the committee.