Progress Report On McCarron

Get to Alabama games early enough to watch pre-game warm-ups and you might see freshman quarterback A.J. McCarron throw a pass. On Wednesday, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban gave a positive progress report on McCarron.

Like most college football teams, Alabama is a one quarterback team. That quarterback is Greg McElroy. No other quarterback plays on Saturdays. In the previous three years, McElroy didn't play as John Parker Wilson took all the snaps.

In all likelihood, the only quarterback other than McElroy likely to see playing time is Star Jackson, a redshirt freshman.

Alabama's third quarterback is true freshman A.J. McCarron. He's a 6-4, 190-pounder from Mobile St. Paul's. He was a four-star prospect as a senior last year and was the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game.

In a three-year prep career as a starter he passed for 6,066 yards, 66 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions.

Following Wednesday's practice, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, "I think he's done a good job and I think he's got a steep learning curve right now, especially game plan, changing a little bit, doing a little bit some different things.

"But he's done a very good job and he's very committed to being a good player. And I think it puts a lot into it and it's important to him.

"I think that's a great starting point. I think the fact that he was on the scout team for a while this year probably really enhanced his maturity and his leadership ability because he did a really good job in that regard. So he kind of started at the bottom and worked his way up and it shows in his personality and his performance and his leadership.

"He's doing a good job and we're pleased with the progress and he obviously has more things to improve on, but we've certainly been pleased with the progress."

Saban said McCarron had played himself up from the scout team. "He's one of three quarterbacks who takes reps every week to get ready to prepare for the game."

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