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AJ McCarron wins Maxwell award as nation’s most outstanding player

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Alabama’s AJ McCarron

Thursday night Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became the first Alabama player to win the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player.

“Super surprised,” he said. “I don’t think I’m the best player out of the other two guys that were mentioned (Manziel, Winston), but I can’t thank them enough. It’s an honor to be here.”

McCarron is Alabama’s winningest all-time QB, leading the Tide to an 11-1 season, throwing for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions.

“It’s awesome, but I can’t thank my teammates enough,” McCarron said of winning the award. “All my teammates back home, I love you guys. You all made this possible.”

McCarron has also been selected as one of six finalists who will be in New York this Saturday night for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and early projections in the upcoming NFL draft place him as high as the last first round. In his three years as a starter at Alabama McCarron is 37-3, with his final game coming January 2 vs. Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

2 thoughts on “AJ McCarron wins Maxwell award as nation’s most outstanding player”

  1. I’ll never forget seeing AJ McCarron play at A-Day the Spring after winning the national title against Texas and thinking how excited I was that Phillip Sims was Alabama’s next quarterback…

    Boy, was I wrong.

    AJ McCarron is everything I love about college football that simply doesn’t get celebrated enough and never gets attention in pro football. He’s a good guy. He’s not an outlaw, even if he does have tattoos and knows how to get down with a beer pong table.

    But he’s grown into a man, and a good man at that. He’s an Alabama man. He just reminds me of a lot of guys I know from Alabama and the way they represent themselves, only they didn’t grow up as fast or as far as AJ McCarron. It’s been a real honor and a pleasure watching AJ, from that mediocre A-Day scrimmage to the butt-slap to his first interview to his first national title to his emotional win over LSU in 2012 to his second national title to last night winning the Maxwell award. AJ deserves every award he gets and more. He represents the best in college football. AJ’s dream was always to play at the University of Alabama and he lived his dream to the fullest. Roll Tide.

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