Greatest Player of the Saban Era: The Final Four - Julio Jones vs. AJ McCarron

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Who was the greatest player to wear the Crimson and White while Coach Saban has roamed the sidelines at Bryant-Denny? Let's Check:

We're now down to the Final Four.

Here's what happened in Round 2:

Julio Jones (82%) went over the middle on Chance Warmack (17%);

Mark Ingram (81%) broke Rolando McClain's (18%) tackle;

Trent Richardson (66%) broke away from Javier Arenas (33%); and

maybe AJ McCarron (52%) was right, after all, getting the better of Barrett Jones (47%).

So, through the bracket thus far, we've had it all. We've had upsets, we've had drama, we've had intrigue. There have been some earnest discussions and some hurt feelings (normally mine). It all comes down to this. Keep Calm and Carry On. [Interesting Fact: that particular motivational campaign, while enjoying a recent pop culture resurgence, was actually relatively little known to the British public during World War II, whence it originally came.]


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Round #3, Match #13

Julio Jones, WR

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Official Alabama Profile.

Stats

179 receptions for 2,653 yards (14.8 yards per reception), 15 touchdowns

10 carries for 139 yards (13.9 yards per carry), 2 touchdowns

12 punt returns for 130 yards (10.8 yards per return)

7 kickoff returns for 162 yards (23.1 yards per return)

3 tackles (3 solo), 1 forced fumble

http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/julio-jones-1.html

Alabama Records

#2 (3-way tie) for receptions in a game (12, vs. Tennessee, 2010) [Interesting Fact: Alabama's top 4 receiving performances in terms of receptions per game have all come against Tennessee: 13, D.J. Hall, 2007; 12, David Bailey, 1969; 12, David Bailey, 1970; and 12, Julio Jones, 2010]

#9 (2 entries of a 6-way tie) for receptions in a game (10, vs. LSU in 2010, and vs. the Auburnite in 2010)

#1 for receptions in a season (78, 2010)

#6 for receptions in a season (58, 2008 - will be a tie in the next book)

#2 for receptions in a career (179)

#1 for receiving yards in a game (221, vs. Tennessee, 2010)

#3 for receiving yards in a game (199, vs. the Auburnite, 2010)

#1 for receiving yards in a season (1,133; 2010)

#5 for receiving yards in a season (924; 2008 - will be #6 in the next book)

#2 for receiving yards in a career (2,653)

#8 for yards per catch in a game (minimum 4 catches) (25.5, vs. LSU, 2009)

#9 for yards per catch in a game (minimum 4 catches) (24.8, vs. Florida, 2008)

#4 for yards per catch in a game (minimum 8 catches) (19.9, vs. the Auburnite, 2010)

#6 for yards per catch in a game (minimum 8 catches) (18.4, vs. Tennessee, 2010)

#3 for yards per catch in a season (minimum 50 catches) (15.9, 2008 - will be #4 in the next book)

#4 for yards per catch in a career (minimum 100 catches) (14.8)

#4 (4-way tie) for touchdown receptions in a season (7, 2010 - will be #5 in the next book)

#4 (tie) for touchdown receptions in a career (15)

#2 for 100-yard receiving games (8)

Awards

2008 AP SEC Freshman of the Year

2008 AP All-SEC (Second Team)

2008 SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team

2010 AP All-American (Second Team)

2010 AP All-SEC (First Team)

2010 Coaches' All-SEC (First Team)

#6 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Jones#Awards_and_honors

Round #2, Match #12

AJ McCarron, QB

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Official Alabama Profile. [That doesn't seem to include his stats from the BCSNCG.)

Stats

460 completions on 609 attempts (66.67%), for 5,956 yards (8.63 yards per attempt), 49 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions

Passer Efficiency Rating of 160.3

85 carries for -28 yards, -0.33 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns

1 tackle (1 solo)

- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/aj-mccarron-1.html

Alabama Records

#4 in terms of most yardage in a season (2,612 yards, in 2011, a 13-game season - in next year's book, he will be #3 and #5, since he gained 2,937 yards in 2012, a 14-game season)

#6 in terms of yards per game in a season (200.9 ypg, in 2011 - in next year's book, he will be #6 and #7, since he gained 209.8 yards per game in 2012)

#6 in terms of most passing attempts in a season (328, in 2011 - in next year's book, he will be #6 and #8, since he attempted 314 passes in 2012)

#3 in terms of most completions in a season (219, in 2011 - in next year's book, he will be #3 and #5, since he completed 211 passes in 2012.)

#2 in terms of completion percentage over a season (minimum 200 completions) (66.8%, in 2011 - in next year's book, he'll be #2 and #3, since he completed 67.2% of his passes in 2012)

#4 in terms of most passing yards in a season (2,634, in 2011 - in next year's book, he'll be #2 and #5, since he passed for 2,933 yards in 2012)

#2 (3-way tie) in terms of most touchdown passes in a game (4, against Vanderbilt in 2011 - in next year's book, this will be a 7-way tie, since AJ threw four touchdown passes against Western Kentucky, Tennessee, the Auburnite, and Notre Dame in 2012)

#5 (3-way tie) in terms of touchdown passes in a season (16, in 2011 - in next year's book, he'll be #1 and #5, having thrown 30 touchdown passes in 2012, breaking Greg McElroy's 2010 record of 20)

#3 in terms of lowest interception % in a season (1.52%, in 2011 - in next year's book, he'll be #1 and #4, since only 0.96% of his pass attempts were intercepted in 2012, breaking Greg McElroy's 2009 record of 1.2%)

#3 in terms of most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (152, in 2011 - in next year's book, he'll be #1, having thrown 291 consecutive passes without an interception, breaking Brodie Croyle's streak of 190)

Awards

2012 BCS National Championship Game Offensive MVP (after the 2011 season)

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AJ_McCarron

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