Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was in New York City as a Heisman finalist along with Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Texas A&M QB and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Auburn RB Tre Mason, and Boston College RB Andre Williams. When the results were revealed, Winston won the award in a landslide with 2,205 points.
AJ McCarron came in second place with 704 points, Jordan Lynch in third with 558 points, Andre Williams in fourth with 470 points, Johnny Manziel in fifth with 421 points, and Tre Mason in last with 404 points.
McCarron’s second place finish is the highest any Alabama player not named Mark Ingram has ever placed in the Heisman race. Ingram won the award in 2009 while the closest any other player had come to it was David Palmer in 1993 and Trent Richardson in 2011, both finishing third.
McCarron was only the 11th Heisman finalist in Alabama history, joining the likes of halfback Joe Kilgrow (1937), quarterback Harry Gilmer (1945 & 1947), quarterback Pat Trammell (1961), linebacker Lee Roy Jordan (1962), running back Johnny Muso (1971), quarterback Terry Davis (1972), Palmer (1993), quarterback Jay Barker (1994), Ingram (2009), and Richardson (2011). Mark Ingram remains the only player in Alabama history to ever win the award.