AJ McCarron's 2013 Heisman candidacy should no longer be considered strong after a heartbreaking last-second loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.
Many were considering McCarron as a favorite if he was able to complete the undefeated season, but now, McCarron will not win the Heisman. As impressive as his season was, he'll be remembered this year as being unable to beat a strong team in the clutch.
As a starter, AJ McCarron has as many National Championships as career losses (2).— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) November 30, 2013
That being said, McCarron will still be given the recognition he deserves. After all, it's not like the loss hurts the numbers he has posted on the season. McCarron has compiled over 2,500 pass yards, a completion percentage nearing 70 and 26 touchdowns while throwing just five interceptions.
The thought of going undefeated would have made those numbers look even more impressive. Unfortunately for McCarron, his reputation as a game-managing quarterback doesn't help his case for the Heisman. Winning against Auburn would have.
In fact, McCarron did his best to dispel that reputation after Auburn punter Steven Clark pinned Alabama at the one-yard line. McCarron dropped back into the endzone and floated a beautiful pass out on the sideline to Amare Cooper, who then took the ball to the house.
Needless to say, McCarron was pumped up.
That play wasn't enough to give Alabama the advantage late, though.
Now, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston must be considered the favorite to win the Heisman. The redshirt freshman has been dynamic on the season, completing close to 70 percent of his passes for over 3,000 yards and 35 total touchdowns (three rushing).
He has led the Seminoles to an undefeated season, and they will likely be playing in the National Championship game come season's end.
McCarron ruined his Heisman candidacy by failing to defeat Auburn. While he'll still garner a few votes, there's absolutely no way he should win. He no longer deserves it.