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Alabama QB AJ McCarron will not play in 2014 Senior Bowl

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks on from the sideline during the second quarter of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After a little bit of back-and-forth, according to AL.com, Alabama Crimson Tide senior quarterback AJ McCarron will not play in the upcoming Reese’s Senior Bowl. Instead, he has decided to put all of his focus into preparing for workouts in front of the NFL scouts at places such as the NFL Combine and his pro day.

“I really appreciate being invited to play in the Senior Bowl,” McCarron said. “It is quite an honor and something I’ve dreamed about while growing up in the Mobile area. However, at this time, I’m putting all of my focus and energy into preparing for the NFL Combine, pro day and the rest of the pre-draft evaluation process. Therefore, I won’t be taking part in the Senior Bowl.”

McCarron will go down as one of the more successful signal callers in the history of college football, as he is leaving Tuscaloosa with two national championship rings while winning 36 of the 40 collegiate starts that he made under center for Nick Saban and the Tide.

This decision will be scrutinized by some, as McCarron hasn’t been mentioned a lot among the other quarterbacks entering the draft such as Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.

Then again, some have mentioned McCarron in the same breath as Tom Brady who also wasn’t considered anything special coming out of Michigan and was selected in the sixth round. We all know how that worked out.

It’s a gamble for McCarron, definitely, but not career-threatening by any means.

Topics: AJ McCarron, Football, Senior Bowl

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