It was the AJ McCarron show in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Despite being sacked six times, McCarron managed to throw for 219 yards with four touchdowns on only 14 pass completions. When the team hinted during the preseason that they would be airing it out more, they weren’t kidding.
McCarron’s first pass attempt of the game was a 47-yard completion to Kevin Norwood, and it set the tone for the rest of the day. It only took the Tide four total plays to score, capping the drive off on a pass to Christion Jones, the first TD of Jones’ career.
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McCarron’s second touchdown came on a beautiful 33-yard pass to Norwood in the first quarter. He then connected again with Jones on a 22-yard throw to put Bama up 21-0 in the first half.
Deion Belue intercepted a Kawaun Jakes’ pass to set up AJ’s final touchdown of the day, a 12 yard toss to Norwood.
Alabama has the most complete and balanced offense it has had in years, and for once, it seems the quarterback is the foundation. The Tide has a wealth of great running backs, but McCarron is the most important piece to the puzzle this season. AJ has the skills, confidence and swagger to lead Saban’s pro-style offense. He has proven that he is not just a game-manager, but a gun-slinger, capable of guiding Alabama to back-to-back championships.
Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Georgia’s Aaron Murray may be getting all of the SEC quarterback hype, but before the season is over, McCarron could establish himself as the SEC’s best.
Alabama fans already know it, but it may take another BCS Championship MVP performance for the rest of the nation to get on board.
And thats something no Alabama fan would be opposed to.
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