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There's a lot that we could say about Alabama's A.J. McCarron. Being the starting quarterback for a Nick Saban-coached Alabama Crimson Tide football team is something that very few can successfully pull off, but when you become the only starting quarterback in history to win back-to-back BCS National Championship Games, you've reached a whole other plateau.
But is he really that good?
McCarron takes the top spot on our list of QBs with the best supporting casts in 2013 because the Crimson Tide have consistently been able to take a mediocre quarterback and make him look like a superstar.
His career numbers aren't all that bad. He will surpass 6,000 career passing yards at some point in Alabama's first game of 2013. He also has 49 touchdowns to just eight interceptions in his career in Tuscaloosa. He was also named the second-team All-SEC quarterback in 2012 behind Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
But McCarron only averaged 209.5 passing yards per game, which was fewer than seven other SEC quarterbacks (67th in the FBS). His rushing ability isn't that great, either. McCarron netted just four rushing yards in 2012 and has minus-28 over his three seasons at Alabama.
So what's so special about him? What makes McCarron the only quarterback thus far to win back-to-back BCS titles? His supporting cast.
Saban has consistently put together one of the top college football teams each and every season, and 2013 isn't likely to be any different. The early departures of Eddie Lacy and D.J. Fluker are certainly noteworthy, but with so much depth at Alabama, no one really expects those losses to seriously impact the team's performance.
Bama still has T.J. Yeldon to carry the ball, and the offensive line, while returning just two starters for 2013, has proven to be one of the most talent-rich areas for Alabama in the past. Now add in four returning wide receivers with starting experience, and suddenly, McCarron's senior season looks to have every bit as much promise as his junior year.
Will McCarron be winning a Heisman Trophy in 2013? Not likely. He just isn't the type of superstar quarterback that some other teams boast. But can he lead Alabama to an unprecedented fourth BCS title in five years? With his leadership abilities and the Oscar-caliber co-stars surrounding him on the field, you bet.