Found September 19, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
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For his whole career at Alabama, AJ McCarron has been known as a game manager, as a guy that goes into the game more for ceremonial purposes than to actually lead courageously. Let it be known, however, that this perception has been forever altered by the events that happen at Kyle Field in College Station this past Saturday. McCarron played equal to the level of competition, matching Johnny Football drive for drive, and coming up big when it counted the most. While McCarron wasn’t asked to do as much as Johnny Manziel, he still produced great numbers, completing almost 75% of his passes, and throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns. However, the true ‘turning point” was the final touchdown, with under three minutes left in the game. Originally, Nick Saban had wanted to run the ball, but the quarterback stepped up, voiced his desire to have the ball in his hands, and called a play action roll out that was the winning effort for the Crimson Tide. This is the type of leadership anybody would want to see out of a senior, and a quarterback. McCarron has grown into a smart, decisive leader who can make things happen without the mistakes that usually come with college quarterbacks. Few players get the chance to play, much less start, in three national championship games. The opportunity that McCarron has now in front of him is absolutely priceless, but with his efforts against Texas A&M last Saturday, he showed that he was up to the task. While Johnny Football may have more flash, and Teddy Bridgewater may have more speed, don’t count out AJ McCarron, especially if they go on to have another undefeated season, for Heisman.
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