Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s redshirt junior season has yet to be deemed a successful one by him, as the national championship has yet to be claimed for the Crimson Tide, but many others have taken those duties for him.
After being included in the Heisman Trophy talks for several weeks, McCarron has been named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (pictured left) and the Manning Award.
News to him.
Now that McCarron does know, he probably will think about it just as much as he did before he was aware: none.
“I don’t think it’s a distraction at all,” McCarron said. “If anything it shows how great my teammates are. This is a game, it doesn’t matter how many individual awards there are, even the Heisman Trophy. It’s not an individual award, as much as people try to make it to be. If you didn’t have your teammates none of that would be possible.
“Being blessed enough to be put into those finalists for all those awards, like I said it’s truly a blessing but like I said none of it’s possible without my teammates. I give them all the thanks and all the praise.”
McCarron is a finalist with the following players for his three awards.
Unitas: Kansas State’s Collin Klein, USC’s Matt Barkley, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.
Manning: Barkley, Klein, Smith, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Jordan Lynch of North Illinois, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.