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McCarron stakes his claim in Heisman race

Texas A&M Aggies Johnny Manziel and Alabama Crimson Tide AJ McCarron embrace after their NCAA SEC football game in College Station Reuters

We all knew the A.J. McCarron we saw against Virginia Tech wasn’t the real AJ McCarron, right?

That guy who finished 10 of 23 for 110 yards against the Hokies? Forget about him.

The McCarron we saw today…now that’s the stuff.

The senior quarterback went 20 of 29 for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 1 Crimson Tide over No. 6 Texas A&M, 49-42. On a day when both teams need every last drop of offense to win, McCarron went toe-to-toe with Johnny Football and came out on top. While McCarron wasn’t as spectacular as his counterpart, he made fewer mistakes (no interceptions) and, yes, he managed the game better. Meanwhile, Johnny Manziel’s two interceptions were the difference in the game.

It’s games like this that spark Heisman campaigns. Two games into this season, McCarron has to be considered one of the names to watch. After all, if he keeps producing like he did against A&M, he’ll have some good numbers to back up his winning ways. And a win on the road against a highly-ranked team is exactly what Heisman voters expect of a great quarterback.

Can he match what he did last season when he threw 30 touchdown passes and just three interceptions while leading the nation in passing efficiency? It might take that type of season to have a real chance at the trophy, but the unflappable McCarron seems capable of getting it done. He’s got the weapons around him and the running game to set things up.

And as long as the Tide remains No. 1, he’ll get much of the credit for helping to keep them there. At the very least, that should mean a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist.

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35 Responses to “McCarron stakes his claim in Heisman race”
  1. be4bama says: Sep 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    Yes he should!!! ROLL TIDE AJ and Happy Birthday!!

  2. youcantmakemepickausername says: Sep 14, 2013 8:28 PM

    He SHOULD be in the conversation. Guys that are just “game managers” don’t win games 49-42. And I’m not even a Bama fan.

  3. be4bama says: Sep 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    AJ has more NCs rings than he does losses.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:14 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but I believe that the Heisman this year will be going to a non-controversial player after all the offseason crap with Manziel. McCarron is about as non-controversial as they come. Upper classman who I believe the biggest flap he has been involved in was having his girlfriend perved on.

  5. dcroz says: Sep 14, 2013 9:17 PM

    If McCarron has the Tide heading for Pasadena for a shot at the three-peat and has a similar year to what he had last year, then he will get lots of consideration based on his career as well as whatever stats he has this season. Considering the offensive line played much better today than it did two weeks ago, he should have a good shot to at least get an invitation to New York.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 14, 2013 9:17 PM

    McCarron definitely had a great game.

    It resembled at Big 12 game. SEC games usually have at least one defense.

    Congrats to Bama!

  7. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 9:47 PM

    LOL @ alligatorsnapper. It was an exciting game, but for pure football entertainment, I preferred our FG battles w/your Tigers. I’m old school and enjoy a good defensive matchup :)

    As for AJ … if he continues as he did today, he definitely belongs in the conversation. But I’d be happier for him to be signed by a good team and have a successful NFL career … which somehow isn’t always compatible with a Heisman.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 14, 2013 9:55 PM

    Just got in from dinner here in College Station, one word.


    A J showed great poise and great leadership of a QB that has two National Championship rings. Bama showed that you may not like them, but you had better be prepared to cinch up the chin straps and get very physical. Bama played like Champions.

    A&M is a budding NATIONAL program. With the number of freshman and sophomores that Sumlin played, A&M is poised to be a top tier SEC program for quite a long time.

    Manziel was Manziel. Evans played at an unconscious level. Kennedy fills the Swope role magnificently. I am glad that we played A&M early, I would not want to play A&M at the end of the year.

    A&M was nothing more than exemplary hosts and my Bama friends were duly impressed with your hospitality and graciousness.


  9. jaggedmark says: Sep 14, 2013 10:00 PM

    Manziel had 5 TDs, and 465 yards against a Nick Saban team. Two picks? Yeah, when you do THAT much you’re going to have a couple moments.

  10. Romulus says: Sep 14, 2013 10:46 PM

    Heisman, heisman? Please. He is not the most outstanding player in college football.

  11. woopignation says: Sep 14, 2013 10:46 PM

    I’m a die hard Arkansas fan but I think AJ is way underrated. The kid can play some football and his record speaks for itself. I’ll root for him over johnny douchebag any day. #WPS and this is the only time I’ll ever say it… roll tide

  12. normtide says: Sep 14, 2013 11:11 PM

    The kid is a winner. That speaks for itself.

    Way too early to worry about awards.

  13. cubano76 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:32 PM

    Heck yeah he should!

  14. cwk22 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:47 PM

    Another HOG Fan saying for the first time ever Roll Tide. I am sick of Johnny jackass. I mean Johnny Football.

  15. footballfan01 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:03 AM

    Manziel forces too many throws and he’s just downright lucky. I can’t wait until this punk gets demolished in the NFL. Preseason only, of course, since he’s destined to be holding a clipboard.

  16. ttalarico says: Sep 15, 2013 12:36 AM

    He still went 10-23.

  17. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Sep 15, 2013 2:16 AM

    Heisman contender? Child, please. Even Blaine Gabbert could put up big numbers if you gave him an NFL offensive line to go up against college defenses.

  18. suprmous says: Sep 15, 2013 3:27 AM

    I’m not tryin to cause a Holy War but what happen’d to A&M’s Defense? I thought they were supposed to be better than what they showed me. McCarron bein homesteaded in the pocket as he was indicates that the score should’ve been higher than what it was. And don’t get me wrong his line took really good care of him but I just couldn’t help but to wonder where A&M’s defense that I’d heard so much about was. Now that this game’s in the books I can’t help but to wonder how the beloved Swamp Tigers will do against A&M. Hopefully we’ll come out a winner as well. I just can’t get over how McCarron was homesteaded in the pocket like he was. Nonetheless, congrats to all of you Bama folks.

  19. mudhead123 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:16 AM

    VT gets no respect for their D. Of course an SEC powerhouse can’t get shut down offensively unless he just “wasn’t himself”. Maybe VT has a top 5 D and the worst offense in college?

  20. be4bama says: Sep 15, 2013 8:31 AM

    Ttalarico…..McCarron was 20/29. 4 TD passes, 0 ints
    10/23? smh

  21. dhardy8207 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:28 AM

    McCarron bein homesteaded in the pocket as he was indicates that the score should’ve been higher than what it was.”

    Its funny that you mention that…Yesterday before the game I was talking to a friend who made the statement:

    “If BAMA wins by more than 10 points there will be some bookies that will lose their a$$ because 7 was the magic number with most.”I blew that comment off until the 4th quarter when A&M started closing the gap. However I really don’t think Saban cares about the betting houses financial security…

    That being said, AJ is a humble young man who tries to conduct himself as an outstanding individual off the field as well as handling his success on the field. Anytime he is given the spotlight he never fails to give credit to the O line, RB and receivers that contribute to his success. Unlike a few around college football he’s not an attention hog and reflects the attitude that this is not all about him but the team.. IMO that is the classic example of a Heisman candidate..

  22. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:08 AM

    Heisman is reserved for the best player in college football. That hardly describes AJ McCrybaby. Even with the loss yesterday, Johnny Football punched his ticket back to NY and unlike McCrybaby, Johnny gets to vote on it.

  23. be4bama says: Sep 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    Moon man you’re crazy!!! AJ has more NC rings than losses.

  24. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    Well, hello, Romulus. What’s that? Slamming McCarron? But … but … I thought we were all one big happy SEC where no one’s allowed to even joke about not supporting an SEC player or team! And you, of course, root for the Tide every week!

    Another illusion crushed!

  25. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 15, 2013 3:36 PM

    Some observations from yesterday’s game.

    A&M will be fine, they played a ton of freshman and sophomores. A&M faced an offensive line and a concept that would have made Woody Hayes proud.

    Saban went ground and pound to set up play action. AJ worked it to perfection.

    Is AJ a Heisman candidate,definitely. Will he win? Nope, the SEC has had two recent winners in Ingram and Manziel and the national media isn’t about to let the SEC DOMINATE in post season awards, particularly the Heisman.

    Manziel could top last year’s performance and won’t even get a whiff because of the off season media reporting, true or not.

    Winston won’t even get consideration because he is a redshirt freshman(see above.)

    Boyd, Bridgewater, and the Oregon QB are the field right now because the sports
    media is now building to the next game of the century between Oregon and Stanford.

    Right now the media wants a Oregon Ohio State National Championship, simply because of SEC fatigue. It doesn’t make it fact, just what the ENTERTAINMENT
    and SPORTS PROGRAMING NETWORK (ESPN) wants. Remember that first word, entertainment, because that is what ESPN has to do 24/7/365, with correct
    or flimsy info.


  26. tdub821 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:21 AM

    AJ is totally over-rated.

  27. be4bama says: Sep 19, 2013 9:13 AM

    Ok tdun821, do you really believe BAMA could of won the NC in 2011 and 2012 without AJ? If BAMA wins out this season, including the SEC CG, will you still consider him over rated? If so, you’re nothing more than another BAMA hater. One more thing, AJ’s character puts him at the top of the list. After JM’s meltdown this summer, I don’t think the Heisman committee wants another punk to win this year.

  28. tdub821 says: Sep 19, 2013 11:56 AM

    AJ is just very over-rated…you know it, I know it…His NFL line you should get the Heisman…not McCrybaby…although I got to give the kid his due…he has a hot girlfriend and a hot mom (Thanks Bret!)

  29. bamafan36 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:56 PM

    AJ’s NFL line? They “MIGHT” have one guy on the line that will go in the first 2 rounds. Outside of that, you “MAY” see one or two more that make a practice squad. Lest Tyguh Fans forget….LoSerU had a plan…shut down Bama’s running game, and we will win the BCS. Unfortunately for them, AJ can spin the magic bean, y’all. He single-handedly won that game! He was flawless! When the spotlight is on, and the pressure is high, all he does is put up his best numbers and wins! That’s what the best player in the country does!

    The Heisman Trust has lost it’s luster over the last few years. Reggie Bush, $cam Newton and their NCAA violations. RG3 beat a 3 loss Oklahoma, and claimed his. He seems to be a great guy, and an even better role model, but, best player in CFB? Um, no! Johnny Moneybags had 2 losses last year, and has had NOTHING but offseason troubles. Of course, he had troubles before he ever stepped on the field. He is luckier than a 3 ding-a-linged dog. That is all he is. Besides, 3 of his O-linemen went into the draft this year. How much credit do they get?

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 12:15 PM


    You’re way off here on your Heisman take.

    First off A&M lost 1 O Lineman. Second, Johnny Manziel just SHREDDED your touted defense. If A&M had half a defense, they win that game.

    I agree that RG3 took that Heisman out of Luck’s pocket with that GW TD pass vs the Sooners. Cam Newton had no actual NCAA violations that I’m aware of. And last I looked, Heismans are awarded to the best College Football Player, not the best choir boy. If you actually watched Johnny Football play a few games last year, there is NO way you away with the impression that he is anything but sensational.

    I think all of those Heismans were well earned.

  31. bamafan36 says: Sep 20, 2013 6:13 PM


    It seems as if YOU, sir, are way off. There were two RB’s with better AND more consistent play than the year that RG3 put together. And, Russell Wilson, qs well as Collin Kaepernick are better, and had more impressive numbers. Johnny Moneybags gets no love from me. Like I said, he is lucky…..plain and simple. This game wasn’t as close as the score eludes to. If we had JM in week 10, when our D actually has some good experience, he might score 1 TD. His play is mediocre, at best. And, the rest of the free world absolutely will take into account his off-field escapades.

    If $cam wasn’t guilty of NCAA infractions, neither was Bush. His parents took some $300k, and $cam’s Dad admitted to asking for $180k. Now, since I live about 30 minutes from his Dad’s church that was being shut down in Newnan because of code violations, I have a little bit of knowledge. The church suddenly came up with $60k to make the repairs (with 23 parishioners), and his other church made renovations to the tune of $140k (with 38 parishioners)? And, wasn’t he suspended by AwBarn? Do they normally suspend players for no violations? Right.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 1:31 PM

    Whatever man…. You lose all credibility with not only me but most of America including your fellow Bama fans when you say that Manziel’s play is “mediocre at best”.

    You wanna attack his character, his autographs, his parents…. be my guest.

    By the way how many weeks did Bama’s D have under their belt last year when they played him?

  33. bamafan36 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:47 PM

    It is mediocre, at best. His style of play is back-yard, run until you are tackled, no game plan, lucky garbage! If he wants to impress, he should learn the offense….and run THAT. You know…when it came time for Tim Tebow to learn and NFL offense, he couldn’t do it. And HE was not only a leader, but also a WINNER! Johnny Moneybags is neither! I won’t be attacking his character or his family. Those are things he can’t change.

    I see yahoo’s on these boards all the time who think because someone is new, they are open and easy to intimidate. I am not one of those folks. As for MY credibility…..My moniker doesn’t give the perception (we ALL know that perception is reality), that I would molest girls from 8 to 80 years old. Who’s persona needs a makeover?

  34. bamafan36 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:56 PM

    To answer your question…..we had just played LSU in BR. As any CFB fan can tell you, anyone we play after the Bayou Bengals has a real shot at beating us…..including a no-name, zit-faced kid that was born with a 4 leaf clover up his butt.

  35. normtide says: Sep 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Friends, that game is over, lets argue about the next one

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