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Alabama’s AJ McCarron, not Jameis Winston, named Maxwell Award winner

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Consider it a bit of a shock, but the Maxwell Football Club always seems to go against the grain. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named the Maxwell Award winner for the 2013 season, awarded to the top college football player in the country as determined by the Maxwell Football Club.

McCarron became the first player in Alabama’s storied football program history to win the Maxwell Award, considered one of the top individual honors in the game of college football. He edged out Heisman Trophy front-runner Jameis Winston of Florida State and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Earlier in the evening Winston was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award winner. Oddly enough, the Walter Camp Foundation also named McCarron to their first team All-American team ahead of Winston, their player of the year.

Few people probably saw this one coming, although McCarron’s 2013 season is certainly not mediocre. the Maxwell Award has not generally been a solid predictor for the Heisman Trophy either. Only once in the last four years has the Maxwell Award winner gone on to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston is widely considered a runaway for the Heisman Trophy, so perhaps this bodes well for his Heisman outlook anyway.

McCarron is a Heisman finalists as well and will join Winston and Manziel in New York this weekend along with Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Boston College running back and Doak Walker Award winner Andre Johnson and Auburn running back Tre Mason.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was named the Maxwell Award winner in 2012.

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23 Responses to “Alabama’s AJ McCarron, not Jameis Winston, named Maxwell Award winner”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:21 PM

    Congrats to AJ!

  2. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:35 PM

    Lol, what a worthy recipient…I’m sure his baby raping uncle is proud of young AJ

  3. be4bama says: Dec 12, 2013 9:38 PM

    What does AJ’s uncle have to do with anything?

  4. thermanmerman99 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:43 PM

    did aj mccrybaby start bawling like the wuss he is after hearing this news?

  5. classyjacklambert says: Dec 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    Wow what’s with all the hate on AJ Mccarron? I’m no bama fan but that’s ridiculous. And now people are knocking him because of his relative’s actions? Do any of us not have a black sheep in the family? What a ridiculous comment. Congrats to Mccarron. And shame on you for piling hate on someone that has never been anything but a stand up kid that happens to excel in a sport that you root for another team in.

  6. tidebarrister says: Dec 12, 2013 9:54 PM


    Wow you’re such an asshole! How is AJ responsible for anything his uncle did?

    Man, you’re a really F-Upp’d dude. I feel sorry for you, cause’ your post makes you look like you’ve had a real sh**** life.

    I sincerely hope things get better for you, because you need a more positive outlook on life.

  7. thegeneral7694 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:05 PM

    Other than pure Bama hatred (i.e, jealousy), there is absolutely nothing anyone can complain about with AJ…he’s nothing but class and leadership, and a helluva winner. If you’re running down AJ for something a relative of his may or may not have done, you’re pathetic.

    Now, his chest tattoo….yeah, that’s pretty bad. But as a man, a leader, a player, and a representative of UA, he’s really beyond reproach.

  8. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    Congrats, AJ!!!

    One of the great things about college football is there are plenty of awards to go around. AJ has had a terrific career on the field and been an exemplary leader off the field. He deserves the accolades. I’m proud to see him get them!

  9. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 10:11 PM

    Neither thermanmerman or liverpoolred ever add anything to the conversation on CFT. They’re small-minded trolls who live to post the kind of evil that leeches from small minds. You just have to feel sorry for them.

  10. penvik says: Dec 12, 2013 10:19 PM

    He might actually be pretty good and a great prospect. He can still get much stronger and doesn’t have some if the weapons those other QB’s do

  11. granadafan says: Dec 12, 2013 10:55 PM

    McCarron will be a bust in the NFL.

  12. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 11:40 PM

    Well, granadafan, judging by your comments on the Heisman thread, you think Winston will be a bust as well. So A.J. is in talented company.

  13. imaduffer says: Dec 13, 2013 12:26 AM

    The odds of any Heisman QB playing in the NFL are slim. Now that Bob3 has been shut down the only Heisman QB starting in the NFL is Carson Palmer. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  14. thegeneral7694 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:31 AM


    You are wrong. Cam freakin’ Newton. And as a Bama man, it pains me to have to point that out…

  15. mnolefan1999 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    Andre Johnson won the doak walker award? Who knew

  16. boomgrounder says: Dec 13, 2013 5:30 AM

    McCarron deserves it. Great QB, great leader and class individual.

  17. rascalmanny says: Dec 13, 2013 7:51 AM

    Sure wish the Titans would draft him….. but they won’t.

    The Titans will ride another year with the same ho-hum players.

  18. 666undead says: Dec 13, 2013 8:16 AM

    The results for Alabama might not have come out as expected, but A.J. certainly did his part. He thoroughly deserves it. Roll Tide Roll!

  19. dcroz says: Dec 13, 2013 8:17 AM


    Sam Bradford (2008) plays for the Rams.

  20. thegeneral7694 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:42 AM


    I thought of Bradford, but he isn”t technically “starting” right now, so I didn’t think that fell within imaduffer’s parameters. The only Hesiman winning QBs who are “starting” right now are Palmer and Newton. Of course Bradford would be starting if not for the knee, but so would RG3 if not for an obstinate head coach.

  21. tinagail123 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    Shame on yall for hating on Aj. He’s a wonderful guy and has done Alabama proud! Maybe he dosent do have all the numbers like some of the other quarterbacks but he has something others don’t wich is integrity. The work he does to help kids with cancer, and the class he shows on and off the field shows alot more than others can say. Congratulations Aj. Well deserved!!

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    I’m trying to think of the last Heisman winner that was an all out star in the NFL…

    Ricky Williams?
    Charles Woodson?

    Maybe all the way back to Barry Sanders?

  23. dcroz says: Dec 13, 2013 11:10 PM


    One could easily make the argument that Cam Newton is that now; he just has the misfortune of playing in a small-market team in Charlotte.

    Still, why does everyone seem to think that the Heisman is supposed to be a “Most Likely To Succeed In The NFL” award? The Heisman is about what one accomplished in college, not on who has the brightest NFL future, which is very difficult to predict, anyway. So much depends on getting with the right team in the right situation, staying healthy, having the right coaches, etc. Would we have heard of Tom Brady had Drew Bledsoe not went down with an injury in the 2001 season? Would Brett Farve have become another Ryan Leaf had he remained in Atlanta? Would Ryan Leaf have done as well as Favre had he went to Green Bay? It’s inevitable that many award-winning players (including Heisman winners) are not going to pan out in the pros, just as there are always unknowns coming out of college who go on to have legendary careers. Let’s keep the Heisman based solely on players’ collegiate resume, and not on some idea about whether they’ll hoist more hardware at the professional level.

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