AJ McCarron Passes John Parker Wilson as Alabama's Career Passing Leader

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks to throw the ball against the LSU Tigers during the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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John Parker Wilson, move aside. AJ McCarron is the new all-time passing leader in Alabama football history.

Following a second-quarter completion, Alabama's official Twitter feed noted that McCarron moved past Wilson's previous record of 7,938 yards he set while the Crimson Tide signal-caller from 2005 to 2008.

When McCarron decided to return for his senior season, it had become a foregone conclusion he'd break the record barring injury. He came into Saturday night's contest against LSU just 120 yards short of setting the mark, and his performance in the first half made it quite clear he had no interest in waiting.

The Heisman Trophy threw two touchdowns in the first half, hitting O.J. Howard for a 52-yard score and Kevin Norwood from nine yards out on the Tide's subsequent drive to help them score a 17-14 lead going into half. McCarron is attempting to finish his Alabama career with an above.-500 record against his school's greatest rival.

The senior signal-caller, who came into Week 11 with only two losses in 36 career starts, suffered his first loss in 2011 against Les Miles' Tigers. McCarron atoned for that defeat in the 2012 BCS Championship Game and then defeated LSU again in 2012 en route to a repeat championship.

While most assume that those triumphs would mean more to McCarron than the others, he recently told Grantland's Charles P. Pierce that couldn't be farther from the truth. 

I don't really pay attention to the rest of the season, whoever we got next. It's not about who we play. Every opponent is really faceless. I don't really care who's next on the list. I just want to go out and do the job as best I can. Coach says that every opponent's faceless, so we don't pay attention to who we're playing and where we're playing. It's just based on us and how we're playing. We control the game.

Often under-appreciated within Nick Saban's structured, pro-style offense, McCarron will likely go down as the most decorated quarterback in school history. He holds the school record for touchdown passes in a season (30), has won three national titles and will very likely break Jay Barker's all-time school wins record if the rest of 2013 goes as planned.

That plan includes defeating LSU, winning a third SEC championship and possibly even a fourth national title. Should the Tide go undefeated and a few things break his way, McCarron could even find himself holding the bronze statue. 

If not, he'll just have to settle with having his name etched in the Alabama record book. Again.


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