The Ten Best Alabama Football Quarterbacks Of All Time

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

#4 AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron joined the Tide in 2009 after a standout career at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, AL. He redshirted in the 2009 season, then backed up Greg McElroy during the 2010 campaign.

In 2011 McCarron used games against Kent State and Penn State to secure the starting job over Phillip Sims and spent the next three seasons as the face of the Alabama offense.

The 2011 Alabama Football offense was run-first on the back of Trent Richardson, giving McCarron time to settle into his role as a starter and ease his way to success. His performance in the National Championship game against LSU (23-34, 234 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT) earned him Offensive MVP honors.

A 291 pass streak that started in 2011 and ended in the 2012 season is a SEC record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Amari Cooper’s arrival in 2012 gave McCarron his highest yards per attempt for a season in his career. AJ led the country in passer efficiency and set a school record for single-season passing touchdowns (30).

He threw a 44-yard touchdown to Cooper to take the lead against UGA to clinch a berth in a second national championship game. McCarron was nearly flawless against Notre Dame in the championship game, throwing for four touchdowns.

In 2013, McCarron was an all-SEC selection, broke Greg McElroy’s school record for single-season passing yards, and became Alabama’s all-time passing yards leader. He won the Maxwell Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, where he is still on the roster as Andy Dalton’s backup.

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