There had been some questions regarding the status of Alabama Crimson Tide junior quarterback AJ McCarron. Would he enter the 2013 NFL Draft or would he return for one final hoorah at the collegiate level before making the jump? On Wednesday, McCarron answered any questions.
McCarron announced that he would be returning to Alabama for his senior season.
“I had many goals for myself when I came to the University of Alabama,” McCarron said. “I have been lucky enough to achieve some of those goals, but some are still ahead of me. There were many factors in my decision to return to Alabama for my senior year but, after talking with my family and coaches, I knew it was the right choice for me.
“I love the University of Alabama, my coaches, my teammates and our fans. I am excited to have the opportunity to play with my brother (sophomore tight end Corey McCarron), continue to grow as a leader, continue to help our team win football games and develop even further as a quarterback. The NFL has long been a dream, but I think another year at Alabama can only help my chances of being successful at the next level.”
McCarron is viewed as a game manager. He led the nation in passing efficiency after having a breakout junior season. As you would expect, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was more than pleased with the announcement.
“We are pleased that AJ has decided to return for his senior year next season,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.
“He’s done a great job for us and has really grown, not only as a quarterback and a player, but as a leader of our team. Like I’ve said before, we want to help our players make sound decisions when it comes to what is best for their future. Our goal at Alabama is to help our guys develop a career off the field by graduating, become the best football players they can be during their time here, and try to win a championship while preparing them for the possibility of playing in the NFL.”
McCarron will attempt to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to their second consecutive national championship when they face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on January 7th, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.