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AJ McCarron is second in the SEC in passer efficiency rating. He has completed 134-of-200 passes for 1,664 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. These stats have led to an overall 150.4 passing rating.
McCarron supporters will argue that AJ has been even better than that since the first game of the season when he threw two interceptions while splitting time with Phillip Sims. At the same time, critics will argue that McCarron threw 40 percent of his touchdowns in one game against Vanderbilt.
Both of these points are legit statements. However, we really don’t know how good or bad McCarron is. Critics believe that McCarron has been hidden within the Alabama offense, pointing out that Alabama has feasted on screens, dumping the ball off to the running backs and short crossing routes.
For the first time all season, these passes are unlikely to be open very often. As a result, McCarron will be forced to look downfield with more regularity. It should be stated, however, that just because McCarron has not gone deep often does not mean that he cannot.
Tiger fans might find out today that his lack of deep passes is not the result of not being able to make those plays—instead it is because he has not needed to make those passes.