AJ McCarron feels his season speaks for itself

Anniston StarDecember 10, 2013 

On a 1st down on the one yard line Alabama's AJ McCarron throws a pass to Amari Copper for a 99 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter of the Iron Bowl going up 28 to 21 over Auburn. Photo/Darrell Roaden.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron doesn't feel the need to make his case for the Heisman Trophy.

McCarron, one of six finalists for college football's most coveted award, believes he has said all he can with his play on the field.

McCarron, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, has been part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, including two as the starter. McCarron also has seven career victories against top 10 teams.

McCarron has thrown for 8,632 yards and 75 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions in three seasons.

This season, the Mobile, Ala. native is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9) and 14th in completion percentage.

"I don't think I need to state my own case," McCarron said Tuesday. "I think if you look at my play over three years, I feel like no quarterback in the SEC or the country has played as consistent as I have. I think the numbers do the talking. When you look at my stats against top ten ranked teams, I don't think anybody's stats compare to mine. I just let my stats and play do the talking and sit by the side I guess."

Win or lose, McCarron is going to embrace the experience. He's already been shopping to prepare for the weather.

"It's going to be cold. A lot different than what I'm used to," McCarron said. "I went out and bought some big jackets, because I'll be in Baltimore the night before and supposedly they had like five inches of snow on the ground the night before. I'll have to get used to that. So I just can't wait. I'm really looking forward to it, and being able just to see everything and going through the process is just a dream come true. It's going to be cool."

McCarron said he was more excited that his parents will get to experience this with his. His mother Dee Dee Bonner, father Toney McCarron, brother Corey, cousin Rusty, uncle Rusty and Katherine Webb will make the trip with him.

"They were pretty ecstatic," he said. "Mom and dad were both crying. Just happy. It's a dream come true for them. That's the best part for me, that's the most fulfilling part is watching my little brother and everybody live their dreams through me. That's what I like most. I could care less about myself."

McCarron will be in presented the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award at a banquet on Friday before heading to the Heisman Ceremony on Saturday.

McCarron talks to A-Rod

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became a New York Yankees fan simply because he wanted to be different.

McCarron recalls his entire family and "everybody down South" being Atlanta Braves fans so he decided to pick the sports' most popular team.

This season, McCarron was able to interact with some of the Yankees' biggest names.

"Before the Auburn game, I got to talk on the phone with A-Rod," McCarron said. "I met Derek Jeter before the LSU game. Coach (Joe) Girardi came and talked to us (before the season). It's almost like living in a dream in a way because I've met guys that I've watched and watched coach for so many years. Now I'm talking to them on the phone and meeting them in person. It's just pretty surreal."

McCarron said his conversation with Rodriguez was set up by Trevor Moawad, Alabama's mental conditioning coach who also works with the Yankees.

McCarron said he learned that Rodriguez was a fan of his and that Girardi played video of former Tide center Barrett Jones shoving McCarron in the BCS National Championship win over Notre Dame.

"(He told them) that's the passion they need within their club again and stuff like that," he said. "It's just pretty crazy that they've watched me before and are fans of me. Like I said, it's unbelievable."

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