AJ McCarron is getting a lot of Heisman love.
A crazy heaping amount for someone who doesn’t have the blinged-out stats of Johnny Manziel or Marcus Mariota or Bryce Petty, especially since he’s coming off his first two-interception game in two years.
I like McCarron as a quarterback. I said it when I wrote he was the best QB in the SEC.
But does he deserve the Heisman, which is supposed to go to the best college football player in the land?
McCarron isn’t the best player on his team (see C.J. Mosley).
But he’s on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.
Even Vegas is buying McCarron love.
The Bovada Sportsbook (via Yahoo.com) has McCarron at 13/2 to win the Heisman, behind FSU’s Jameis Winston (4/11) and Manziel (5/2).
McCarron has had another typically consistent season, making enough plays to put Alabama into position to win games and making few mistakes. With Chattanooga in T-town this week, his chances at winning the Heisman will hinge on a strong showing against Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30.
Even with a win in that game, I don’t see McCarron moving past Winston, unless he self destructs at Florida next week. But that won’t happen.
And Manziel will boost or destroy his chances at a repeat depending on how he performs in two nationally televised games at LSU and Missouri to close the season.
I once thought Mariota had the Heisman on lockdown, but Oregon’s offense was proven mortal in that loss to Stanford. It’s still amazing to think that he has 25 TD passes with ZERO interceptions, though.
So, is there a Heisman in McCarron’s future?
I don’t think so, but there are 929 Heisman voters who could see the race a bit differently.
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