I need to get something out of the way before I start this article. I'm a Notre Dame fan.
My nails are painted blue and gold as I type this. I'm sure that alone will send some of you directly to the comment section to rabble on about "domers" without even reading the article, but for the rest of you who stuck around, here it goes:
I like A.J. McCarron. He's a good quarterback. He plays a clean game. He posts adorable pictures of himself in a different bow tie on Twitter before each game. He even goes out of his way to spend time (via fox10tv.com) with cancer-stricken children. He's like all of the good things about Tim Tebow without any of the distracting weirdness (sorry, I really don't want to know if you're a virgin or not, Tim.)
It's not like he's just had everything handed to him, either. McCarron overcame a severe, life threatening injury as a young boy (via alabama.scout.com) when the jet ski he and his father were riding on crashed, sending him face-first into a piling peer and caving in the left side of his face. Doctors believed it would adversely affect his vision, but the young McCarron made a full recovery.
Alabama has every right to be proud of their BCS championship winning quarterback. Though, I have to tell you Tide fans, this is a little creepy.
As a Notre Dame fan, I hear a lot about Alabama. How they have the number one defense in the country. How they average over 40 points a game. How they are going to steamroll the Irish like a pancake (which, by the way, I respectfully disagree with, but let's save that argument for another day.) When someone is talking about dominance in college football there is usually a reference to Alabama and how they are the total package.
Another thing I've been hearing a lot about is the Heisman Trophy. As I watched the finalists predicted by various media outlets, something caught my attention. Where was A.J. McCarron?
I find this very odd, Tide fans.
'Bama won all but one of its regular season games last year, then went on to beat the team they lost to in the BCS Championship Game. All of this while McCarron was a sophomore. Do you know where he was in the 2011 Heisman projections? Dead last (via espn.com)
Want to know where he is this year? Not even on the list (via cbssports.com).
What the heck, 'Bama fans? Why are the powers that be showing him so little love?
Since I brought up Tim Tebow earlier and he actually won the Heisman trophy, lets compare his junior year stats with A.J.'s to see if this insult is merited.
- Pass attempts: 298
- Pass completions: 192
- Pass completion percentage: 64.4
- Passing yards: 2746
- Passing yards per attempt: 9.2
- Touchdowns: 30
- Pass Interceptions: 4
- Rushing attempts: 176
- Rushing yards: 673
- Rushing yards per attempt: 3.8
- Touchdowns: 12
- Pass attempts: 265
- Pass completions: 178
- Pass completion percentage: 67.2
- Passing yards: 2507
- Passing yards per attempt: 9.5
- Touchdowns: 25
- Pass Interceptions: 2
- Rushing attempts: 42
- Rushing yards: -21
- Rushing yards per attempt: -0.5
- Touchdowns: 1
Ok, I get it, McCarron's running game is, well, nonexistent. His passing stats, however, are on par with Tebow and above him in some categories, and all that winning A.J. does has to count for something, right?
Now I could see the snub if the Tide had some star running back that was doing all of the heavy lifting for the offense. But that's not really the case; McCarron is the star of the offense.
In the final analysis I find it very odd that for the last two years Alabama has been such a dominate force in college football and has received so little Heisman love. I get that the Alabama defense is the strongest feature of the team, but no Tide defenders were on the Heisman watch list for the last two years either. Notre Dame's Manti Te'o plays defense, and he's in the top two this year.
I think you guys are getting the short end of the brass statue.
So what's the deal Alabama? Tell me why the Heisman crew continues to ignore your team in the comments below.