AJ is one of the two best quaterbacks in the country. I'd love to have had the guy playing for UF these last couple of years. You don't get to be that successful without a tremendous set of coaches working with you all the time. If A&M would have had AJ this year instead of Manziel, the Aggies would still have won 11 games. If UF had him, we'd have won the East and maybe the SEC championship. That boy can play football.
Saban shared an anecdote about his QB’s growth at a benefit dinner in McCarron’s hometown of Mobile last night:
“I remember the first scrimmage AJ was in, we made him play with the threes. He was hot behind the collar and fussing out on the field and stormed up to my office when the scrimmage was over and said, ‘How come you made me play with the threes? I thought I was going to be with the twos.’ I said, ‘We’re only evaluating your leadership today and you failed.’…
He has come a long way. Now he is the best leader on our team, and has been, and is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. We’re certainly pleased and proud to have him being our quarterback.”
With two BCS championships on his resume already, McCarron should be considered among the greatest Alabama quarterbacks of all time. If he leads the Crimson Tide to another title next January, his name will deservedly be etched alongside the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the college game.