Posted November 20, 2013

Alabama QB AJ McCarron graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated

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Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. (Al Tielemans/SI)

While quarterback AJ McCarron may not generate the same level of Heisman Trophy hype as counterparts Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston, the Alabama star was recognized with another honor this week. As he continues his quest for a third consecutive BCS title, McCarron graces the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.

McCarron has won 35 games over the course of his Crimson Tide career, and he has passed for 2,228 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013. Still, in some circles, the senior is labeled as a “game manager.” Writes executive editor L. Jon Wertheim:

“McCarron might be almost as well known for his arm candy as his arm strength, his body ink as his body of work. But let’s be clear: He’s not just one of the great Alabama quarterbacks. AJ McCarron is on the short list of the most successful players in the history of college football. Even if not many think of him that way.”

In the story, Wertheim explores the dichotomy between McCarron’s reputation in Alabama and across the nation, touching on his high-profile relationship with Katherine Webb and his leadership role in the locker room.

“By conventional metrics, McCarron is not going to elevate eyebrows. He will not often throw for 300 yards, the way, say, Manziel, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater will. He’s not a dual threat.

“Then again, if you want to build a case for McCarron, you could do worse than starting here: He has as many national championships as he does defeats.”

Following last Saturday’s 20-7 victory over Mississippi State, ‘Bama is 10-0. It closes the regular season with matchups against Chattanooga (Nov. 23) and rival Auburn (Nov. 30).

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13 comments
riley8
riley8

The next big NFL bust.

Aggie81
Aggie81

Yada, yada, yada...

Let's see if there is anything to the SI cover JINX when Bama plays Chattanooga on Saturday...

Give me a C note on Chattanooga and the points !!!!!!!

Robert96
Robert96

At 73 years old, I could win at Alabama.


Wesley7
Wesley7

Why would he do this? Isn't there some sort of cover curse? It's worse than playing your next game in a football stadium built on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground or something.

Lee3
Lee3

And the JINX is ON!!!!!!!!

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Based on this cover - take Auburn and the points.

BenJohnson1
BenJohnson1

Alabama is putting its title dreams on the line this Saturday, where they take on mighty Tennessee-Chattanooga

Aggie81
Aggie81

Choo Choo all the way to the bank...

Gig'em

BenJohnson1
BenJohnson1

With the outcome in question, I can see why Alabama would only agree to play at home in this one.

JMC
JMC

 Ben Johnson: Are you not aware that sarcasm and cynicism on Chat boards ran it's course and is now very stale?  Jealousy is also not in vogue; it isn't good for your health.  You seem to be striking out, Ben. Perhaps the third strike would be Alabama playing against  your team. :)