- Brock Huard, ESPN Insider
SO WHAT EXACTLY does AJ stand for?
"It doesn't stand for anything," Bama quarterback AJ McCarron says, adding: "My mom just didn't like periods between the letters." The ambiguity fits the narrative. Johnny Football is the rock star, Teddy Bridgewater is the top pro prospect and Braxton Miller has better Heisman odds. But the Tide's quarterback is something else. He begins his third season as a starter on the verge of leading Alabama to its third straight BCS title, which would be an unprecedented feat in the sport. But outside Dixie, AJ might as well be the guy with the beauty-queen girlfriend.
Call him a game manager or BCS champ -- AJ McCarron answers to either. In ESPN The Magazine's College Football Preview, Brock Huard writes about the most underappreciated QB in college football.