AJ McCarron

Raymond Anthony "AJ" McCarron Jr. (born September 13, 1990) is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.[1] He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. McCarron won the BCS National Championship in 2011 against LSU and 2012 against Notre Dame, making him the only quarterback to win back-to-back BCS national championships. McCarron is one of only seven quarterbacks in history to win back-to-back titles in some form and the first FBS quarterback to win back-to-back consecutive titles since USC's Matt Leinart in 2003 and 2004.[2] In addition, since his freshman/redshirt year, McCarron has been associated with three national title teams under coach Nick Saban: 2009, 2011, and 2012.

AJ McCarron
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McCarron with the Bengals in 2017
Houston Texans
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:September 13, 1990 (age 28)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Paul's Episcopal School
(Mobile, Alabama)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing completions:87
Passing attempts:136
Percentage:64.0
Passing yards:928
TDINT:6–2
Passer rating:92.4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

McCarron was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School from kindergarten to fourth grade before transferring to St. Paul's Episcopal School.[3] At the age of five, McCarron was severely injured in a jet-ski accident and almost died.[4] He first played football at Trimmier Park and then Langan Park in Mobile. He played on the same park team as future college teammate Mark Barron. During McCarron's junior season of high school, St. Paul's went 14–1 and went on to win the state championship against Briarwood Christian School off a missed PAT. While attending St. Paul's, McCarron was recruited by several football programs in the Southeastern Conference, including Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, and Tennessee.[5] He committed to the Crimson Tide on May 3, 2008, becoming the only quarterback signed by Alabama for their 2009 recruiting class.[6]

He capped off his high school football career at the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[7]

College career

In his first season at Alabama, McCarron accepted a redshirt and did not play during the season[8][9] as the team went 14–0 to capture the 2009 National Championship over the Texas Longhorns.[10] During his redshirt freshman year, he did see some playing time, appearing in nine games[11] as the Crimson Tide finished 10–3.[12] His first collegiate touchdown pass came during the season opener when he connected with wide receiver Julio Jones on a 29-yard pass against San Jose State.[13] He passed for a total of 389 yards and three touchdowns during the season. Against Auburn on Alabama's last possession McCarron came in for injured starter Greg McElroy. However, McCarron threw four straight incompletions to end the game as Auburn came back to win 28–27 after being down 24–0 in the second quarter.[14]

After a tight competition for the starting quarterback position during spring practices, McCarron was named as the co-starting quarterback alongside Phillip Sims for the team's 2011 season opener versus Kent State,[15] and later became the de facto starter by starting in every game.[14] In his first collegiate state, he passed for 226 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions as Alabama won 48–7.[16] His first road start for Alabama came the following week, as the Tide traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. His performance of 163 yards with no turnovers helped Alabama defeat Penn State by a score of 27–11,[17] which came to be the last loss for head coach Joe Paterno. Another solid performance, alongside running back Trent Richardson, helped him get a victory in his first SEC start, a 38–14 win versus #14 Arkansas.[18]

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McCarron in 2010

During the course of his sophomore season, McCarron helped lead the Crimson Tide to a 11–1 overall record during the regular season, including 7–1 record in conference.[19] Alabama's only loss of the season came during a 6–9 overtime defeat at the hands of #1-ranked LSU.[20][21] During the game, he completed 16-of-28 passes for 199 yards with one interception. By remaining unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, Alabama again met LSU at the Superdome for the national championship. His performance of 234 yards passing earned him Offensive Player of the Game in a 21–0 rout of the Tigers.[22] During his first season as starting quarterback, he passed for a total of 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions[14] and a BCS National Championship.[23]

Jesse Williams at fullback for the Alabama Crimson Tide
McCarron at quarterback during a game versus Western Carolina

McCarron had a strong start in his second year as starting quarterback for Alabama as the Crimson Tide started off the season with a 9–0 record.[24] In his first five games of the season, he passed for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns with zero interceptions.[25] His good start to the season, including a comeback victory over LSU, had several media members put him as a dark horse candidate for the year's Heisman Trophy.[26][27] His first interception, and Alabama's first loss, of the season came in the team's 10th game of the season.[28]

In their first year in the SEC, Texas A&M and eventual Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel came into Bryant–Denny Stadium and upset Alabama 29–24. McCarron's second interception of the game seemingly sealed Alabama's loss, as he threw an interception on a fourth & goal pass with under two minutes remaining.[29] Both he and Alabama rebounded to remain unbeaten during the rest of the regular season, which led them to the 2012 SEC Championship Game versus Georgia.[30] With the help of running back Eddie Lacy, Alabama battled the Bulldogs to win 32–28 and earn a shot to play for the 2013 BCS National Championship against No. 1 Notre Dame.[31]

On December 12, 2012, ahead of their game versus Notre Dame, McCarron announced that he would be coming back to Alabama for his senior season.[32] On January 7, 2013, Alabama met Notre Dame for the 2013 BCS National Championship. The Fighting Irish were led by their defense and Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o to an unbeaten 12–0 regular season record.[33][34] However, their defense was overmatched as Alabama rolled 42–14 to capture their third BCS National Championship in four years behind McCarron's 264 yards and four touchdown passes,[35] which allowed him to become the first quarterback to win back-to-back BCS titles.[36] During his junior season, he threw for a school-record 30 touchdown passes in a season,[37] as well as 49 touchdown passes over his career.[38] He was named winner of the 2012 CFPA Quarterback Trophy on January 22, 2013.[39]

McCarron made the cover of Sports Illustrated's October 30, 2013, edition, which asked whether he was one of the best college players ever. At that time, McCarron (whose team was 10–0) was a long shot for the Heisman Trophy.[40]

As a senior in 2013, McCarron was again a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[41] During the season, he passed John Parker Wilson to become Alabama's all time passing yard leader.[42] Alabama started the season with an 11–0 record before facing Auburn in the Iron Bowl.[43] In the 34–28 loss, he finished with 277 passing yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a 99-yard pass to Amari Cooper.[44] The loss knocked Alabama out of contention for the SEC Championship. The Crimson Tide finished their season in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. In the 45–31 loss to the Sooners, he had 387 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in his final collegiate game.[45] He also broke Greg McElroy's record for passing yards in a season, with 3,063.[46] He finished in second place in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.[47]

Career statistics

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McCarron (10) drops back to attempt a pass against Kent State.
AJ McCarron
Season GPGS CompAtt Pct. Yards TD Int Long Avg/G
2010[48] 13–0 30–48 62.5 389 3 0 47 29.9
2011[49] 13–13 219–328 66.8 2,634 16 5 69 202.6
2012[49] 14–14 211–314 67.2 2,933 30 3 85 209.5
2013 13–13 226–336 67.6 3,063 28 7 99 248.5
Totals 53–40 686–1026 66.8 9,019 77 15 99 172.7

Professional career

Coming out of Alabama, McCarron was projected by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts to be drafted in the second or third round. He was said to be a great game-manager and decision-maker, and thought to be a possible future NFL starter.[50] He also stated that teams told him that he would be selected as high as 15th but no lower than 34th.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.94 s 1.77 s 2.93 s 4.34 s 7.18 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
8 ft 3 in
(2.51 m)
22[51]
All values from NFL Combine

Cincinnati Bengals

2014 season

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McCarron in 2017

McCarron was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 164th overall pick.[52] Surprisingly, along with University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, McCarron's draft value drastically dropped during the draft, as he was the ninth quarterback selected, out of the total 14.[53] It was reported that teams felt during pre-draft interviews that he came across cocky and over-confident. When asked what his best attribute was during an interview at the combine, McCarron responded, "Winning!"[54]

On May 22, 2014, the Bengals signed him to a four-year, $2.4 million contract with a $181,652 signing bonus.[55] In August 2014, the Bengals placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list due to shoulder soreness, meaning that he would miss at least the first six weeks of the 2014 season.[56] With Andy Dalton entrenched as the starting quarterback for the Bengals, and veteran Jason Campbell as his backup, the Bengals did not plan for McCarron to see significant playing time during his rookie season.[56] On December 9, 2014, McCarron was activated after linebacker Vontaze Burfict was placed on injured reserve.[57]

2015 season

McCarron was named the backup quarterback to begin the season after beating out Keith Wenning and Terrelle Pryor during training camp. He played in his first preseason game on August 14, 2015, completing 11 of 15 passes for 97 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[58] He started in the final preseason game at Indianapolis and completed 15 of 28 passes for 219 yards.[59]

In Week 9, he appeared in his first career game against the Cleveland Browns.[60] On November 29, 2015, he completed his first career pass attempt for a three-yard completion against the St. Louis Rams.[61] The following week, McCarron completed 2 out of 3 passes for 19 yards against the Cleveland Browns.[62]

On December 13, 2015, starting quarterback Andy Dalton fractured the thumb on his throwing hand while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Steelers won 33–20, McCarron came in and completed 22 of 32 passes for 280 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.[63] The following week, McCarron became the first Alabama quarterback to win an NFL game since Jeff Rutledge of the New York Giants in 1987, when the Bengals beat the San Francisco 49ers 24–14. In his first career start he completed 15 of 29 passes and one touchdown.[64] On December 28, 2015, McCarron completed 22 of 35 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in a 17–20 loss to the Denver Broncos.[65] On January 9, in the AFC Wild Card round, McCarron completed 23 of 41 passes for 212 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, but the Bengals lost to the Steelers, 18–16, ending their season.[66]

2016 season

McCarron played in one game in 2016 and recorded no statistics.[65]

2017 season

On October 31, 2017, the Bengals and Cleveland Browns agreed on a deal to trade McCarron to Cleveland in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Browns failed to file the paperwork to the NFL before the 4 p.m. trade deadline, nixing the trade.[67] On November 4, it was reported that McCarron had filed a labor grievance against the Bengals asking to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2017 season as opposed to a restricted free agent. McCarron claims that he was healthy enough to be removed from the non-football injury list during training camp in 2014 and that his rookie season should count as an accrued season towards unrestricted free agency.[68] On February 15, 2018, McCarron won the grievance and became a free agent for the 2018 season, and received lost salary with interest from the 2014 season.[69] Overall, in the 2017 season, McCarron appeared in three games and completed seven passes for 66 yards.[70]

Buffalo Bills

A.J. MaCarron (43380428895)
A.J. McCarron vs. the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 preseason

On March 14, 2018, McCarron signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.[71] He competed for the starting quarterback position with second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen.[72] However, McCarron suffered a shoulder injury during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The injury was initially reported as a hairline fracture in his collarbone, which would have sidelined him for about 4–6 weeks.[73] Nonetheless, McCarron received a second opinion on the injury, which revealed no fracture, clearing him to participate in the next two preseason games, including a comeback win over the Chicago Bears where he passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in the fourth quarter despite carrying a 0.0 passer rating the previous three quarters.[74]

Oakland Raiders

On September 1, 2018, McCarron was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.[75] He appeared in two games in relief of Derek Carr in the 2018 season.[76] He was released on March 14, shortly after the beginning of the new NFL season.[1]

Houston Texans

On March 19, 2019, McCarron agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans. Worth $3 million.[77]

Statistics

Year Team Games Passing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg
2014 CIN 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0
2015 CIN 7 3 79 119 66.4 854 7.2 6 2 97.1
2016 CIN 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0
2017 CIN 3 0 7 14 50.0 66 4.7 0 0 63.4
2018 OAK 2 0 1 3 33.3 8 2.7 0 0 42.4
Career 13 3 87 136 64.0 928 6.8 6 2 92.4

Source:[78]

Personal life

McCarron was born to Dee Dee Bonner and Tony McCarron on September 13, 1990. He also has a younger brother named Corey McCarron who formerly played tight end at Alabama but transferred to play fullback at Middle Tennessee State.[79]

He became engaged to model and longtime girlfriend Katherine Webb in March 2014.[80] They were married on July 12, 2014, in Orange Beach, Alabama. Their first son was born in May 2016.[81] In December 2018, a second son was born.[82] McCarron is a devout Catholic.[83]

See also

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2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 117th overall and 78th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 20th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his fifth year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of twelve wins and one loss (12–1 overall, 7–1 in the SEC) and as consensus national champions.

After the completion of the 2010 season, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2011 and completed spring practice the following April. With seventeen returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered their 2011 campaign ranked as the number two team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division and compete for the SEC championship. However, Alabama lost to the LSU Tigers in their regular season matchup, and as a result did not qualify for the 2011 SEC Championship Game. Despite not winning their conference championship, when the final Bowl Championship Series rankings were released, Alabama had the number two ranking to qualify for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. In the rematch against LSU, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 21–0 to capture their second BCS Championship in three years.

At the conclusion of the season, the Alabama defense led the nation in every major statistical category, and was the first to do so since the 1986 season. Additionally, several players were recognized for the individual accomplishments on the field. Barrett Jones won both the Wuerffel Trophy and the Outland Trophy; and Trent Richardson won the Doak Walker Award, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Also, seven players were named to various All-America Teams with Dont'a Hightower being a consensus selection and Mark Barron, Jones and Richardson each being unanimous selections. In April 2012, eight members of the 2011 squad were selected in the NFL Draft, with an additional six signed as undrafted free agents to various teams.

2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football season. It marked the Crimson Tide's 118th overall season of playing college football, 79th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and 21st within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his sixth year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It finished the season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss (13–1 overall, 7–1 in the SEC), as SEC champion and as consensus national champion after it defeated Notre Dame in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game.

After they captured the 2011 national championship, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2012 and completed spring practice the following April. With twelve returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered the 2012 season as the defending national champions, ranked as the number two team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division and compete for both the SEC and national championships. The Crimson Tide opened the season with nine consecutive victories that included one over Michigan at a neutral site and a come-from-behind victory on the road at Louisiana State University (LSU). In their tenth game, Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, and dropped to the number four position in the rankings. However, after a series of upsets and victories in their final three games that included winning the SEC Championship over Georgia, Alabama qualified for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, where they won 42–14 and captured the 2012 national championship.

At the conclusion of the season, the Alabama defense led the nation in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense and ranked 7th in passing defense. Offensively, the Alabama offense ranked 12th in scoring offense, 16th in rushing offense, 31st in total offense and 75th in passing offense. Starting quarterback AJ McCarron was ranked first nationally in pass efficiency. Additionally, several players were recognized for their individual accomplishments on the field. Starting center Barrett Jones won both the Rimington Trophy and the William V. Campbell Trophy, and was named as the Academic All-America of the Year; defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. Also, five players were named to various All-America Teams with Jones and C. J. Mosley being consensus selections and Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack being unanimous selections.

2012 Auburn Tigers football team

The 2012 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gene Chizik, who was in his fourth season with Auburn. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

On November 25, 2012, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs fired head coach Chizik and all of the assistant coaches after finishing the season 3–9 overall with a 0–8 record in SEC play, the program's worst season in 60 years.

2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 119th overall season, 80th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 22nd within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his seventh year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of eleven wins and two losses (11–2 overall, 7–1 in the SEC) and with a loss in the 2014 Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma.

After they captured the 2012 national championship, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2013 and completed spring practice the following April. With thirteen returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered the 2013 season as the two-time defending national champions, ranked as the number one team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division, the SEC and national championships. The Crimson Tide opened the season with eleven consecutive victories that included one over Virginia Tech at a neutral site, against Texas A&M in a game that saw many team records broken and an emotional victory over Louisiana State University (LSU) at Bryant–Denny Stadium. In their twelfth game, Alabama was upset by Auburn. The loss, in a game known since as "Kick Six," kept the Crimson Tide out of the SEC Championship Game. Although they did not qualify to play for their third consecutive national championship with a final BCS ranking of third, Alabama did accept an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. Against Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide lost 45–31.

At the conclusion of the season, Alabama's defense was nationally ranked near the top in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and ranked passing defense. Offensively, the Alabama offense ranked 17th in scoring offense, 24th in rushing offense, 33rd in total offense and 49th in passing offense. Additionally, several players were recognized for their individual accomplishments on the field. C. J. Mosley won the Butkus Award as the top collegiate linebacker; AJ McCarron won both the Maxwell Award as the overall player of the year and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top senior quarterback. Also, four players were named to various All-America Teams with C. J. Mosley being a unanimous selection and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Cyrus Kouandjio being consensus selections.

2013 BCS National Championship Game

The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game was a postseason college football bowl game that took place on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It featured the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42–14 for the national championship and took home the Championship Trophy.

Alabama was the defending champion and represented the Southeastern Conference, which had participated in and emerged victorious from every standalone BCS Championship Game (since the format was introduced in the 2006–2007 season). Notre Dame did not belong to a conference and was the first independent team to play in the National Championship game since the start of the BCS.

The National Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame was anticipated as an historical matchup with a rich tradition in college football. Going into the holiday season after Alabama was assured a spot in the National Championship after beating Georgia in the SEC Championship, sportscasters from both sides weighed in on who was most likely to win. Despite the historical record of, at the time, 5-1 in favor of Notre Dame many sports betting centers had Alabama as a heavy favorite with point spreads favoring Alabama as high as ten points over Notre Dame. Many prominent sports writers predicted Notre Dame to win based on several factors including strong overall defense, an inconsistent Alabama team (often cited as being "exposed" against LSU and Texas A&M), and various intangibles such as destiny and generalized fatigue from the dominant performances of the Southeastern Conference.In the aftermath of an Alabama 42 to 14 victory (with the score being 35 to 0 at one point in the game), the BCS National Championship game was considered by Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg to have failed to live up to its hype despite dominating television ratings. Mark Schlabach of ESPN expressed the wish that a playoff system had been in place wherein Oregon or Florida would have played against Alabama. Tom Coyne of Associated Press concluded that Alabama was more talented and physical with better preparation and execution of its game plan than Notre Dame. Specifically, inconsistent tackling, blown coverages, and porous defense were cited by Aaron Ellis of Forbes.com as major detriments to Notre Dame's efforts.With the win, Alabama won their second straight BCS championship, their third championship in four years, and their ninth AP championship overall.

2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The regular season began on August 29, 2013 and ended on December 14, 2013. The postseason concluded on January 6, 2014 with the final BCS National Championship Game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The Florida State Seminoles beat the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game to become the consensus national champion of the 2013 season. This was the final season in which the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was used to determine the national champion of the Football Bowl Subdivision; the BCS was replaced by the College Football Playoff system starting with the 2014 season.

2014 Sugar Bowl

The 2014 Sugar Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 80th annual Sugar Bowl, it featured the #10 (AP ranked), #11 (BCS ranked) Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12 Conference and the #3-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference. The game was broadcast live on ESPN at 8:30 PM EST. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. It was sponsored by the Allstate insurance company and was officially known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Oklahoma was selected to participate in the Sugar Bowl after a 10–2 season that culminated in a 33–24 victory over Oklahoma State. Alabama was selected as the other half of the matchup after an 11–1 season that ended in a 34–28 loss to Auburn.

Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45–31, in the process overcoming the largest spread in BCS history; Alabama had been a 17½-point favorite. The previous record of 16½ points was overcome just the day before in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, won by the UCF Knights 52–42 over the Baylor Bears. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 4 touchdowns and 348 yards, was named the game's most valuable player.

2019 Oakland Raiders season

The 2019 Oakland Raiders season will be the 60th overall season of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League and their second under head coach Jon Gruden since his rehiring by the organization (sixth overall).

After initially stating they would not return to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for 2019, the Raiders were effectively forced to return to the stadium after their regional rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, blocked an effort to play at Oracle Park while they await the completion of Las Vegas Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. Assuming Las Vegas Stadium is in a usable state by 2020, this will be the 25th and final season in the team's second tenure in Oakland.

Prior to the season, the Raiders hired former NFL Network draft guru and former NBC's Notre Dame Football color commentator Mike Mayock as general manager.

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders identify individual statistical leaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program in various offensive categories, including passing, rushing, and receptions and defensive categories, including tackles, interceptions and quarterback sacks. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders. The Alabama Crimson Tide football program is a college football team that represents the University of Alabama in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Passing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by quarterbacks. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2010 to 2013 seasons, AJ McCarron graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). Alabama's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, holds the record for passing yards in a single season, with 3,966 yards in 2018. Tagovailoa also holds the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, with 43 in 2018. John Parker Wilson holds the record for completions in a single season (255), set during the 2007 season. Scott Hunter holds the record for passing yards in a single game (484), set against Auburn in 1969; Gary Hollingsworth holds the school's record for most completions in a game (32), set against Tennessee and shares the record for touchdowns in a game (5), set against Ole Miss during the 1989 season. Tagovailoa tied the record for touchdowns in a game in the 2018 Iron Bowl against Auburn.Rushing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball rushing. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1996 to 1999 seasons, Shaun Alexander graduated as Alabama's career leader in rushes (727) and rushing yardage (3,565), though his yardage record was broken by Derrick Henry, who accrued 3,591 rushing yards from 2013 to 2015. Mark Ingram Jr. holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (42), set during his career that spanned from 2008 to 2010; this record has since been tied by Derrick Henry. All three major single-season rushing records were set by Henry in 2015: rushes (395), yards (2,219), and touchdowns (28). Single-game records include Henry for rushes (46) set against Auburn during the 2015 season in which he won the Heisman Trophy; Alexander for yardage (291) set against LSU during the 1996 season; and both Alexander and Santonio Beard for touchdowns (5) set against BYU and Ole Miss during the 1998 and 2002 seasons respectively.Receiving leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball by catching Forward passes. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2004 to 2007 seasons, D. J. Hall graduated as Alabama's career leader in receptions (194) and receiving yardage (2,923). Amari Cooper holds the record for career receiving touchdowns (20), set during his career that spanned from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Receiving single-season records include Julio Jones with receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,133), and Amari Cooper with touchdown receptions (11) set during the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively. Single game records for receptions (13) was set against Tennessee during the 2007 season by Hall and against Florida Atlantic during the 2014 season by Cooper; Jones for yardage (221) set against Tennessee during the 2010 season; and Homan, Michael Vaughn and Al Lary for touchdown receptions (3).In addition to offensive records, many who have played for the Crimson Tide have set various defensive records. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1983 to 1986 seasons, Wayne Davis graduated as Alabama's career leader in tackles (327); Woodrow Lowe as the single-season leader with 134 in 1974; DeMeco Ryans set the single-game record with 25 against Arkansas in 2003. After his career at Alabama that spanned from the 1990 to 1993 seasons, Antonio Langham graduated as Alabama's career leader in interceptions (19); Hootie Ingram as the single-season leader with 10 in 1952; and several players tied with the single game record of three. Derrick Thomas holds every Alabama record for quarterback sacks with 52 during his career from the 1985 to 1988 seasons, 27 in 1988 and five in a single game against Texas A&M in 1988.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban

Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban covers the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program during the period from when Nick Saban was hired as head coach in 2007 through the present. Under Saban, Alabama plays as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and is a member of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the eleven years Saban has served as head football coach, Alabama has compiled an overall official record of 141-21 (.870) (146–21 on the field), 14 bowl game appearances with 10 victories, seven SEC Western Division titles, six SEC championships, and five national championships. Since 2008, Saban's teams have spent all or part of each season ranked number 1 in national polls.

On January 7, 2008, Nick Saban officially accepted the head coaching position with the Crimson Tide. The team experienced many highs-and-lows, but the team finished with a loss after losing in the National Championship to Number 2 Clemson. In the 2008 season, Saban led the Crimson Tide to their first undefeated regular season since the 1994 season, but the Tide then proceeded to lose their final two games in the SEC Championship Game and Sugar Bowl. In 2009, Saban led Alabama to a perfect 14–0 record and to their first BCS National Championship, and their first overall national championship since the 1992 season. After a relatively disappointing 10–3 2010 season, Saban then led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 2013 team won the first 11 games of the season, but failed to capture a third consecutive national championship for Alabama, losing the last two games. Saban's 2014 team won the SEC West division and SEC championship and lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the inaugural College Football Playoff's semi-final round at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to finish 12-2. Saban won his 4th championship at Alabama in 2015 and his 5th at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017.

Many players who have competed at Alabama during Saban's tenure have also been recognized for their on-field accomplishments. Under his tenure, Mark Ingram Jr. in 2009, and Derrick Henry in 2015 became Alabama's first and second Heisman Trophy winners and 52 players have been recognized as First Team All-Americans, 35 of which were either consensus or unanimous selections. Additionally, 77 former Crimson Tide players have been drafted into the National Football League, with 26 being first round selections.

Dave Walter

David Lee Russell Walter (born December 9, 1964) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football for the Michigan Tech Huskies.

Jeff Driskel

Jeffrey Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Louisiana Tech. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nation's outstanding senior or fourth-year quarterback in college football. Candidates are judged on accomplishments on the field as well as on their character, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities. The award was established in 1987 and named after Johnny Unitas, who was nicknamed "The Golden Arm". Unitas played his college career at the University of Louisville and set many records in the National Football League while playing for the Baltimore Colts.

Katherine Webb

Katherine Elizabeth Webb-McCarron (born April 24, 1989), professionally known by her maiden name Katherine Webb, is an American model, beauty queen, and television personality. She was Miss Alabama USA 2012 and is perhaps best known for her appearance during the broadcast of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Kick Six

The Kick Six (also known as Kick Bama Kick) was the final play of the 78th Iron Bowl college football game played on November 30, 2013 at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. The game featured No. 1-ranked and two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide (11–0, 7–0 in the SEC) as a 10-point favorite over the No. 4-ranked Auburn Tigers (10–1, 6–1 in the SEC). The Iron Bowl was fiercely contested in 2013 with both teams ranked in the top 5 and a berth in the 2013 SEC Championship Game and, potentially, the national championship game at stake. However, this game was particularly notable for its ending.After falling behind in the 2nd quarter and then again in the 4th, Auburn rallied late to tie the game at 28–28 with 32 seconds remaining. After the ensuing kickoff, Alabama quickly moved to the Auburn 38 yard line, at which point the clock ran out, seemingly sending the game to overtime. Alabama coach Nick Saban challenged the timekeeping call, and after a video review, one second was put back on the clock, and the Crimson Tide lined up for a potential game winning 57-yard field goal. The kick was short, and Auburn's Chris Davis, who had been positioned near the goal line, caught the ball just in front of the goal posts. Davis ran across the entire field through players from both teams to the opposite end zone, improbably scoring the winning touchdown for Auburn on the last play of the game. Though the runback was technically about 109 yards, it is officially considered a 100-yard return according to NCAA rules, and it tied LSU's Odell Beckham Jr.'s record-setting 100 yard return that same season.The game, which was televised by CBS, posted an 11.8 television rating during the final half-hour, which was the highest rating ever achieved during a college football broadcast at that time. Some sports writers argued that Davis' play was the single greatest moment in college football history.

List of Alabama Crimson Tide starting quarterbacks

This is a list of every Alabama Crimson Tide football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Alabama quarterbacks have played prominent roles in American society off the gridiron as well. Both Farley Moody and Charlie Joplin died while serving in the First World War.

List of Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Bengals.

McCarron

McCarron is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

AJ McCarron (born 1990), American football quarterback

Bob McCarron (born 1950), Australian medic and special effects prosthetic makeup artist

Charles McCarron (1891–1919), United States Tin Pan Alley composer & lyricist

Chris McCarron (born 1955), American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame retired jockey

Douglas J. McCarron (born 1950), labor union activist and president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Karen McCarron, Illinois physician who admitted to smothering her autistic daughter Katherine 'Katie' McCarron to death

Owen McCarron (1929–2005), Canadian cartoonist and publisher

Paul McCarron (1934-2013), American politician

Sarah McCarron, American actor and writer currently living and working in Los Angeles

Scott McCarron (born 1965), American professional golfer

St. Paul's Episcopal School

St. Paul's Episcopal School is an independent, parochial, co-educational preparatory school in Mobile, Alabama.

St. Pauls' mascot is the saint.

AJ McCarron—championships, awards, and honors

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