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AJ McCarron named the 2013 Unitas Golden Arm Award winner

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Last night it was an Alabama defensive player taking home an individual honor.  This afternoon, a Tide player on the other side of the ball has been honored as well.

AJ McCarron, it was announced Monday, has been named as the 2013 winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  McCarron joins Jay Barker as the only Tide quarterbacks to win an award that’s been presented annually since 1987.

McCarron was one of five finalists for this year’s award, along with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

“It is an unbelievable honor to win the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.” the quarterback said in a statement. “I can’t thank the Unitas family enough for selecting me as the 2013 winner. To have my name next to all of the great quarterbacks who have won this award in the past is truly an honor. I want to thank my teammates, Coach Saban and all of our assistant coaches for making this possible.”

In McCarron’s three years as a starter, the Tide has gone 36-3 and won a pair of BCS championships.  He’s eighth in the country in passing efficiency this season after finishing No. 1 in 2012, and has thrown just 15 interceptions — and 75 touchdowns — 996 career attempts.

The 2012 winner of the award, given to seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class, was Kansas State’s Collin Klein.

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12 Responses to “AJ McCarron named the 2013 Unitas Golden Arm Award winner”
  1. jimmy53 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:09 PM

    Good for A.J. He earned it!

  2. dhardy8207 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:43 PM


    Again we Tide fans are extremely proud of all our players this season. AJ has not only been very efficient at his position but also a classy leader on and off the field. I’m wishing this young man much success in his future NFL career…

    Roll Tide!…….

  3. gtylermills says: Dec 9, 2013 1:44 PM

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  4. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    did he cry when he received the award?

  5. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    Congrats, AJ!!! Just heard another story about a kindness he did for a down-and-out guy who was hanging around the Bama practice field. He’s a great guy as well as a great team leader. Proud to have him as our QB and will miss him. In McElroy and McCarron, we’ve had two exceptional young men leading our championship teams these last few years.

    Roll Tide Roll!!

  6. jdbaker01 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:16 PM

    That’s great news, IMHO he should win the Heisman. When I was growing up, a Heisman winner had to have at least 2 great seasons, that’s why no freshman had ever won it (until last year when Johnny Overrated won), but it seems like that “understood” requirement was thrown out. Jameis Winston’s numbers are hyper-inflated worse than the S&P index. If AJ had played Bethune-Cookman every week then he’d have gaudy numbers too but unfortunately AL played some legit teams. AJ put up great numbers for 3 years and never got into any kind of trouble (sans Brent Musburger’s comments about his g/f).

  7. mnolefan1999 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:31 PM

    You’re an idiot^^^^^

  8. jbaxt says: Dec 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    Yet only the 4th, maybe 5th best QB in the SEC? Popularity contest much?

  9. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 8:36 PM

    @jbaxt …

    Illiteracy is such a sad thing. I’ll donate a penny in your honor to help stamp it out.

    As the article states, the Unitas Golden Arm Award is given to seniors or fourth years only. Please provide the name of a senior or fourth-year quarterback you feel is more deserving than McCarron.

  10. normtide says: Dec 10, 2013 12:39 AM

    I have no idea how he will do in the NFL, I really don’t care. The young win is a winner. He is a leader on and off the field. I doubt he will ever have a problem making a living in the state of Alabama.

  11. 24pointlead says: Dec 10, 2013 12:26 PM

    AJ displays excellence in his life as a player, student, and human being. Congratulations to a deserving young man.

  12. florida727 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:26 PM

    Have to admit, even though I’m a Gator fan, I really like this guy and am glad to see him win this award. He won’t get the Heisman, Winston’s had too good a year for that, but McCarron deserves some individual recognition for all he’s accomplished in his Alabama career. Is he the ‘best’ QB in America? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing you can never take away from him, is what he’s accomplished on the field. Almost as many National Championships as game losses? Who does that? And by all accounts, he’s an even better person off the field? The Unitas Foundation should be proud to have someone like him representing their award. Congratulations, AJ, and all Tide fans.

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