In the pantheon of Alabama quarterbacks none attained the individual, career, or team awards that AJ McCarron did. He doesn’t own every record for a Crimson Tide passer, and he didn’t have to. Playing behind some of the best Tide defenses of the Saban era, and with an offense now populated with NFL Pro-Bowlers, McCarron helmed a Tide attack that effortlessly averaged 39 points an outing in his three years behind center.
Lost in the yearly success and the drive for playoffs and SEC titles, we sometimes forget just how good McCarron was and how many fantastic memories of the recent dynasty have had his name attached to them.
Here’s a refresher.
At Alabama AJ went 36-4, winning two national title teams (and that painful what-if season of 2013,) as well as an SEC title in the 2012 classic versus Georgia. He set Alabama records for TD passes, passing yards in a season (since eclipsed,) passing yards in a career, and completion percentage.
McCarron finished second to Jameis Winston in the 2013 Heisman Trophy balloting, won the Maxwell Award as the best player in college football, won the Unitas award for best quarterback, was a first team All-American, and a two-time All-SEC performer.
And, on October 5, 2013, AJ broke an Alabama quarterback efficiency record many thought would stand forever. And, why wouldn’t they? Kenny Stabler’s 84.2% completion record at Ole Miss in 1966 had been on the books for almost 50 years. That day, Snake hit 16-of-19 passes in a 17-7 win for the Missing Ring team.
What AJ did may stand for another 50 years.
In a routine tune-up versus Georgia State, AJ McCarron’s accuracy was hardly needed, but he gave the homecoming crowd something special to watch anyway. A.J. McCarron went an unreal 15-of-16, dropping 166 yards and four touchdowns on the Eagles in about a quarter and a half. In doing so, he set an 93.75% accuracy rate, and shattered Stabler’s record (min. 15 attempts.) Even the spectacular day Blake Sims would have a year later in the SEC Championship game (23-of-27) did not touch McCarron’s torrid pace.
Enjoy some highlights of the blood bath and McCarron’s 94% day.
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