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

Virginia Tide

November 24th, 2013
4:49 pm

The Heisman is nice, but conference and national championships are more cherished. Ask past Heisman winners and ask them if they had a choice, which would they prefer. If you can get both ( like Mark Ingram ), then that’s awesome. All AJ does is win.


November 23rd, 2013
10:53 pm

The criteria includes ‘excellence with integrity.’ That defines AJ.


November 23rd, 2013
12:14 pm

Good points, David Granger.

Perhaps they should change the name of this award to the “Hotdog Trophy”?

David Granger

November 23rd, 2013
11:43 am

AJ wouldn’t be a bad choice. He’s a fine QB, who doesn’t compile the gaudy stats because Alabama doesn’t need him to in order to win. He’s got a strong, accurate arm and can make the long throws downfield when he has to…but he doesn’t have to very often. Plus, he’s certainly been a winner.

I’d like to see Mike Evans win the Heisman. He’s the reason that Manziel completes so many of his “Hail Mary” passes. Manziel runs around in the backfield to avoid the rush, then rares back and slings it up downfield just as far as he can. And Evans runs to the ball, outjumps everybody, and comes down with it. Then everybody goes crazy over the playground pass that Manziel just completed to keep the drive alive.

(Sorry for the empty post. Wish there were an “Edit” or “Delete” button in case you hit accidentally.)

David Granger

November 23rd, 2013
11:36 am

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Rick James

November 22nd, 2013
8:59 pm


“If you and Rick James were as good as you think you are at projecting what a player would do playing on a different team, then you’d be making a fortune picking games, rather than whining on a sports blog.

Being a hater is easy. You two should just stick with that. You’re obviously both quite good at ”

Where in my post did I mention anyone playing on another team? I’ve read it three times and dont see it..I said that I’ve always understood the Heisman was awarded to college football’s most outstanding player..Not the best player on the best team,not the quarterback on the best team,not the quarterback who has the most national titles.It’s awarded to the most outstanding player.That player is not AJ McCarron..If that statement makes you want to burn a grove of trees thats your problem..

Cindy Starfall

November 22nd, 2013
6:15 pm

No Way McCarron win the Heisman.

Mandingo, you are correct.


November 22nd, 2013
4:09 pm

No, McCarron does not deserve the Heisman Trophy. He is nowhere near the best player in the land. He is Gino Toretta, the University of Miami QB, that won the Heisman. Like Gino, McCarron is surrounded by NFL caliber players at every position which makes it a whole lot easier to play QB. All McCarron has to do is not fumble the snap and he has success. He hasn’t done ANYTHING special at Alabama. If Johnny Football, Aaron Murray, or guys with that skill set were quarterbacking Alabama you would really have to look out. McCarron was given the job because there was a QB on the roster better than he was who was ostracized for whatever reson and forced to transfer. He is an average QB surrounded by AWESOME talent at EVERY position. If drafted he will STRUGGLE in the NFL because he has a weak arm and CANNOT make all of the throws.


November 22nd, 2013
11:35 am

The real hater is the one that calls other hater and needs to get a life. This is a opinion blog and if you can’t take others opinion, than you have a serious problem my friend Mr. JJ. May God heal your soul and anger. Football is only a game, no need to hate.


November 22nd, 2013
10:24 am

Yes. But, probably will not win. In this day of media hype and fanfare for the “flashy”, he’ll be lucky to be in top five finalists. As a quality player, teammate, established leader and WINNER, he is quite deserving of the highest recognition. I hope the Tide realizes the value of the young man they have had privilege to call one of their own.