Low: Life's good for AJ McCarron
January, 8, 2013
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
MIAMI -- AJ McCarron's got a pretty sweet life these days.
He's dating Miss Alabama. He just picked up his second straight national championship ring as Alabama's starting quarterback and is well on his way to becoming a Crimson Tide legend.
Move over Joe Namath.
OK, maybe not yet. But if McCarron keeps on delivering these virtuoso performances on college football's biggest stages, he may get his own statue at the Capstone.
McCarron carved apart Notre Dame on Monday night in the Discover BCS National Championship with 264 passing yards and four touchdowns, and Alabama cruised 42-14 to win its third national title in the last four years.
"I'm truly blessed. I believe the man above always has a plan for you," McCarron said. "He kind of lays down the grounds, and you can live it how you want [and] at the same time, make choices. It's great to do all this, but glorify in his name at the same time."
McCarron has had a huge part in this historic run for the Crimson Tide, who became the first team since Notre Dame in the late 1940s to win three outright national titles in the last four years. He was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in last season's 21-0 victory over LSU in the BCS National Championship.
And on Monday, he triggered Alabama's beatdown of Notre Dame by directing the Crimson Tide on touchdown drives on each of their first three possessions. He was 8-for-9 in those three drives and finished the game 20-of-28.
In two BCS National Championship games, McCarron is 43-of-62 for 498 yards and hasn't thrown an interception.
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