Does McCarron deserve Heisman Trophy?

AJ McCarron could rise to the top of the Heisman race before the season is done. (Twitter)

AJ McCarron could rise to the top of the Heisman race before the season is done. (Twitter)

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.

And he’s now in the top three of USA Today’s Heisman’s rankings, and fifth on’s Heisman Watch.

Even Vegas is buying McCarron love.

The Bovada Sportsbook (via 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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31 comments Add your comment


November 21st, 2013
9:18 am

There is too much jealousy and loathing of the Crimson Tide for AJ to receive serious consideration.

He may well be the best QB to have ever played the game, but he won’t win a Heisman at Bama. I’m still shocked that Mark Ingram won the trophy. That couldn’t have happened had Bama not been down for several years prior to his arrival. Now that Bama is back, Bama fatigue is back as well.


November 21st, 2013
12:35 am

The award goes to the best player in the nation, not a very good player with the best supporting cast. My hat is off to him, but he is in NO way the best player in the nation.


November 21st, 2013
12:28 am

McCarron… Yes!

Murray will collect splinters in the NFL for a couple of years, then a year on a practice squad, then oblivion.


November 20th, 2013
10:52 pm

NO… he isn’t a game changer. He is a good player but if he were at A&M they’d be under .500. That is how to tell if a guy is a Heisman candidate. Can his team win without him. In Bama’s case, yes.


November 20th, 2013
10:43 pm


November 20th, 2013
10:16 pm

If AJ wins out the rest of the games this year, he will be the leader of QBs in college football history.


November 20th, 2013
9:23 pm

He might be invited to the show if he brings his girlfriend.


November 20th, 2013
6:44 pm

There’s no disputing that the guy is a winner and deserves Heisman consideration.

Geaux Tigers


November 20th, 2013
6:07 pm

He** no!!

Now you can close the comments section.


November 20th, 2013
5:48 pm

AJ doesn’t care about individual awards. He plays for a team. He just wants to see his team win their fourth National Championship since he’s been there. Odds are pretty good that he will.