The Alabama Crimson Tide received some good news prior to their BCS Championship Game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Starting quarterback A.J. McCarron is going to return for his senior season in Tuscaloosa. This announcement was made through a statement released by the school on Wednesday.
“I had many goals for myself when I came to the University of Alabama,” the junior said. “I have been lucky enough to achieve some of those goals, but some are still ahead of me. There were many factors in my decision to return to Alabama for my senior year but, after talking with my family and coaches, I knew it was the right choice for me.
“I love the University of Alabama, my coaches, my teammates and our fans. I am excited to have the opportunity to play with my brother [tight end Corey McCarron], continue to grow as a leader, continue to help our team win football games and develop even further as a quarterback. The NFL has long been a dream, but I think another year at Alabama can only help my chances of being successful at the next level.”
McCarron led the nation in passing efficiency in 2012, in also leading the Tide back to their third appearance in the BCS Championship Game in the past four seasons. He was the starting quarterback on last year’s national title team who defeated the LSU Tigers for the crystal ball trophy. He threw for 2,669 yards and completed 66.8 percent of his passes and threw a school record 26 touchdowns in comparison to just three interceptions in 2012.
Overall, McCarron is 24-2 as a starter at Alabama. He will be looking to win game No. 25 in less than a month in Miami, as his Crimson Tide will take on the Fighting Irish for the BCS Championship on January 7. He will also look to build on his 45 career touchdowns, which currently rank second in school history.
“We are pleased that AJ has decided to return for his senior year next season,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in the release. “He’s done a great job for us and has really grown, not only as a quarterback and a player, but as a leader of our team. Like I’ve said before, we want to help our players make sound decisions when it comes to what is best for their future. Our goal at Alabama is to help our guys develop a career off the field by graduating, become the best football players they can be during their time here, and try to win a championship while preparing them for the possibility of playing in the NFL.
“AJ has great support from his family and the people around him. He showed very good maturity in looking at all of the factors and making an informed decision on his future.”
Therefore, regardless of whether McCarron can lead the Tide to yet another national championship, he will certainly enhance their chances to make it back to play for the BCS Championship once again next season. With a strong recruiting class entering in 2013, Alabama will once again be a favorite to win it all next season, even before we find out who will be celebrating in South Beach next month.