McCarron Makes O'Brien Watch List

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is on the watch list for the 2013 Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's best quarterback, and McCarron is familiar with many of those on the watch list with him.

A.J. McCarron has led Alabama to back-to-back national championships and last year led the nation in quarterback efficiency as he shattered the Crimson Tide record for touchdown passes (30, against only three interceptions). And although McCarron, an upcoming senior, was Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2011 BCS national championship game, he has been only a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection.

This year the leading candidate for the Davey O'Brien Award is the man who won it last year, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Manziel, who also won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman last year, is attempting to become the fourth quarterback to win the O'Brien more than once. The award has been presented since 1981.

Alabama had never had a winner (Jay Barker won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1994). BYU has had four, more than any other school.

Other top candidates include Braxton Miller of Ohio State, a finalist last year; Tajh Boyd of Clemson; and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.

In addition to Manziel and McCarron, five other SEC quarterbacks are on the watch list. They are:

Aaron Murray, Georgia; James Franklin of Missouri; Tyler Russell, Mississippi State; Connor Shaw, South Carolina; and Bo Wallace, Ole Miss.

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