AJ McCarron–tattoo enthusiast, lucky boyfriend of Katherine Webb, and also (evidently) a football player–spoke with reporters today during a Q&A session at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. He answered questions about Texas A&M, how his game as evolved, and the young Alabama Crimson Tide players fans should be on the lookout for next season.
When asked about how his abilities have progressed, McCarron talked about how he ignores the pundits.
Via CBS Sports:
I don’t listen to people. I don’t know who those people are, but I don’t listen to them. I listen to my coaches, and I know what I’m capable. I’m just going to go out and work on the things I need to work on and try to get better in whatever way I can. I don’t try to do anything flashy. I just try to win ballgames. If I have to hand the ball off to win ballgames or just take care of the ball or whatever, that’s fine with me.
I’ve learned to scale back. I came in a “gunslinger.” I can make plays, but I had to learn to bring it back to fit our offense and I’ll do whatever it takes to win. I don’t care.
Freshman receiver Raheem Falkins was also discussed:
[He] has really been coming along great. He’s done an excellent job. He’s got really strong hands and, for a young kid, he catches the ball really well in traffic. That’s huge for us. I think he has a really good shot of playing for us especially when we spread it out this year.
Of course, no SEC interview would be complete without a question about Johnny Manziel:
We’re friends. He knows if he ever needs anything — advice — I’m here for him and vice versa. People try to make the football thing a competition. When we’re inside the white lines, yeah, we’re both playing to win the game. But football’s just a game. It’s not life, so us being friends is a lot better than us being enemies because we’re not gonna get anything out of us being enemies.
The Alabama Crimson Tide kick off their season on August 31st against Virginia Tech.
[Source: CBS Sports]