Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was magnificent on Saturday against Georgia State, but he's still a Heisman Trophy outlier heading into Week 7.
McCarron missed on just one pass attempt on Saturday against the Panthers, finishing the day having completed 15 of his 16 passes for 166 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. By the time head coach Nick Saban pulled him out of the lineup in favor of backup Blake Sims, Alabama was up 35-0.
His receivers certainly deserve plenty of credit for those stats, however.
McCarron's touchdown pass to DeAndrew White looked like it would be an incompletion. It wasn't a particularly accurate pass, but White reached around the defensive back covering him to make an incredible one-handed catch, as shown by ESPN CollegeFootball:
McCarron is a solid—but not great—college quarterback and doesn't deserve to be included amongst the top college players vying for the Heisman Trophy this year.
He plays in a system that wears opponents down with a punishing rushing attack, and his skill-position teammates rival the best the nation has to offer.
Furthermore, Georgia State is hardly a worthy opponent. The Panthers haven't been able to stop anyone this year, having lost all four games leading up to this one against the nation's most imposing team.
The fact that McCarron had a huge game against this team doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things.
Is McCarron a viable Heisman Trophy contender?
What does matter is that he's had only one game this season that truly boosted his Heisman stock. McCarron put up monster numbers against Texas A&M, throwing four touchdowns to beat Johnny Manziel and the Aggies.
Not counting that game and the one against Georgia State, he has thrown just two touchdowns and three interceptions in his other three starts.
He's not worthy of being seriously considered as a Heisman Trophy finalist at this point in the season—let alone a favorite to win the award.
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