Raymond Anthony "AJ" McCarron, Jr. (born September 13, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Following the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against historic rival Notre Dame, A.J became the first quarterback to win back-to-back consensus national championships in the BCS era. A.J is one of only seven quarterbacks in history to win back-to-back titles in some form and the first quarterback to win back-to-back consensus titles since Nebraska's Tommie Frazier in 1994 and 1995. In addition, A.J has been associated, since his freshman year ( in which he took a redshirt), with three national title teams 2009, 2011, and 2012 under coach Nick Saban.
Early years 
Before attending St. Paul's Episcopal School, McCarron went to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School from kindergarten to fourth grade. Our Lady of Lourdes would later shut down do to lack of students attending there. McCarron first started playing football at Municipal Park in Mobile, AL. He has played on the same park team as Mark Barron who as ranked as a five-star prospect and the number one weakside linebacker in the 2008 class by scout.com. He was also ranked as the 5th best player in the state of Alabama and the 55th best player in the nation in the class of 2008 by rivals.com. And Ivan Matchett who was also a 3 star recruit according to Rivals.com and ranked 17th in the state. They both ended up going to St. Paul's and then on to be recruited to the University of Alabama. McCarron's junior season of high school, St. Paul's went 14-1 and went on to win the state championship against Briarwood Christian off a missed field goal. While attending St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, McCarron was recruited by several football programs in the Southeastern Conference, including Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He committed to the Crimson Tide on May 3, 2008, becoming the only quarterback signed by Alabama for their 2009 recruiting class.
College career 
In his first season at The Capstone, McCarron accepted a redshirt and did not play during the season as the team went 14–0 to capture the 2009 National Championship. During his redshirt freshman year, he did see some playing time, appearing in eight games as the Tide finished 10–3. His first collegiate touchdown pass came during the season opener when he connected with wide receiver Julio Jones on a 29-yard pass in the second quarter. He passed for a total of 389 yards and three touchdowns during the season.
Starting quarterback 
After a tight competition for the starting quarterback position during spring practices, McCarron was named as the co-starting quarterback, alongside Phillip Sims for the team's 2011 season opener versus Kent State, and later became the de facto starter by starting in every game. In his first start in college, he passed for 226 yards and one touchdowns with two interceptions as Alabama won 48–7. His first road start for Alabama came the following week, as the Tide traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. His performance of 163 yards with no turnovers helped Alabama defeat Penn State 27–11, which came to be the last loss for legendary head coach Joe Paterno. Another solid performance, alongside running back Trent Richardson, helped him get a victory in his first SEC start, a 38–14 win versus No. 14 Arkansas.
During the course of his sophomore season, McCarron led an 11–1 overall record during the regular season, including 7–1 record in conference. Alabama's only loss of the season came during a 6–9 overtime defeat at the hands of #1-ranked LSU. During the game, he completed 16-of-28 passes for 199 yards with one interception. By remaining unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, Alabama again met LSU at the Superdome for the national championship. His performance of 234 yards passing earned him Offensive Player of the Game in a 21–0 rout of the Tigers. During his first season as starting quarterback, he passed for a total of 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and a BCS National Championship.
McCarron at quarterback during a game versus Western Carolina
McCarron had a strong start in his second year as starting quarterback for Alabama as the Tide started off the season with a 9–0 record. In his first five games of the season, he passed for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns with zero interceptions. His good start to the season, including a comeback victory over LSU, had several media members put him as a dark horse candidate for the year's Heisman Trophy. His first interception, and Alabama's first loss, of the season came in the team's 10th game of the season. In their first year in the SEC, Texas A&M and eventual Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel came into Bryant–Denny Stadium and upset Alabama 29–24. His second interception of the game seemingly sealed Alabama's loss, as he threw an interception on a fourth & goal pass with under two minutes remaining. Both he and Alabama rebounded to remain unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, which led them to the 2012 SEC Championship Game versus Georgia. With the help of running back Eddie Lacy, Alabama battled with the Bulldogs to win 32–28 and earn a shot to play for the 2013 BCS National Championship against No. 1 Notre Dame.
On December 12, 2012, ahead of their game versus Notre Dame, McCarron announced that he would be coming back to Alabama for his senior season. On January 7, 2013, Alabama met Notre Dame for the 2013 BCS National Championship. The Fighting Irish were led by their defense and Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o to an unbeaten 12–0 regular season record. However, their defense was overmatched as Alabama rolled 42–14 to capture their third BCS National Championship in four years behind McCarron's 264 yards and four touchdown passes, which allowed him to become the first quarterback to win back-to-back BCS titles. During his junior season, he threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes in a season, as well as 49 touchdown passes over his career. He was named winner of the 2012 CFPA Quarterback Trophy on January 22, 2013.
Career statistics 
McCarron (10) drops back to attempt a pass against Kent State
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External links 
The Huntsville Times - al.com
Thu, 16 May 2013 10:16:16 -0700
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., listed six Alabama players on his big board of potential 2014 draft prospects earlier this month. Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was the sixth of those, listed at No. 41, which would make him a second-round ...
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The Birmingham News - al.com
Sun, 05 May 2013 09:11:50 -0700
2013-05-05_09-08-25_738 (3).jpg Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron talks to the media before driving the pace car today at Talladega. "Like Ricky Bobby, I'm ready to go fast," he said. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - In preparation for his pace car lap around ...
Tue, 14 May 2013 10:46:43 -0700
Alabama's AJ McCarron is among them. ESPN's Todd McShay earlier this month rated McCarron as the fourth-best quarterback prospect expected to be available in next year's draft behind Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson senior Tajh Boyd and ...
Fri, 10 May 2013 08:01:55 -0700
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is a good quarterback, and quite honestly, that is all the rising senior needs to be. Actually, at the collegiate level, that is all he will likely be, and that is perfectly all right. Entering the summer season, the ...
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:41:53 -0700
TALLADEGA, Ala. — The only thing that could make AJ McCarron driving a pace car at a Sprint Cup race in Alabama a bigger deal would be if the race promoter handed him the keys to a convertible, all the better for McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb ...
The Huntsville Times - al.com
Tue, 07 May 2013 19:21:13 -0700
darrell waltrip thomas praytor.jpg View full sizeNASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip (left) and ARCA Racing Series driver Thomas "€œMoose" Praytor of Mobile auction Praytor's AJ McCarron/Alabama football racing helmet at Race Fever, the ...
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:31:42 -0700
Watch out world, because Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron are ignoring their quarterback rivalry and instead forming like Voltron for a future beach vacation. USA Today spotted quite the Twitter exchange between Manziel and McCarron recently, providing ...
Sun, 12 May 2013 11:51:31 -0700
These things are probably half scripted, half moron-based. Regardless, these kind of things aren't gonna win her any awards for, well, anything. Best case scenario she gets a Ryan Lochte-type show lampooning her own ignorance. Worst case scenario: ...
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