AJ McCarron changed his national perception on Jan. 9 against LSU. The University of Alabama quarterback in his first year starting under center took control of the offense against the top-ranked Tigers, throwing for 234 yards and no interceptions. His performance did a lot to change the minds of pundits who looked at McCarron as merely a "game manager" or an innocent bystander to the Crimson Tide's championship run.
On Wednesday, McCarron's profile continued to grow as he was named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list. The junior from Mobile, Ala., was one of 34 players nominated for the award handed out annually to college football's top quarterback.
McCarron completed 66.8 percent of passes last season. He threw for 2,634 yards, 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He finished 25th in the country in passing efficiency and 53rd in total yards passing.
Last season, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the award.