As A.J. McCarron walked off the field of Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night, he left as a winner.
It’s a feeling McCarron’s grown used to. After all, he’s only lost two games over the past three seasons.
The senior Alabama quarterback was shown on national television, hugging his mom and kissing his girlfriend.
Even after three seasons under center for a team that’s been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for 12 consecutive weeks and 22 of the last 27 weeks, McCarron has flown under the radar. In fact, you could argue that his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, has a more recognizable name than McCarron, thanks to Brett Musburger and a couple of television commercial appearances.
McCarron’s resume is remarkable. He’s already won two national titles and is leading his team toward a chance at a third-straight appearance in the BCS Championship. The lowest Alabama has been ranked since McCarron became the starter is fourth – and that was only for a total of two weeks after the team’s two losses, respectively.
He’s never lost a road game. Think about that for a moment.
And yet, McCarron’s seemingly not even in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.