Talented 6-4, 187 AJ McCarron from St. Paul's Episcopal School came to Auburn with his father to experience Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time on a gameday and says he can't wait to do it again.
"I had a blast," McCarron tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I had been up there once this summer for the camp and I didn't really get to feel the atmosphere that much because I was in camp the whole time. I went out one night with one of my former high school players Will Guth. He plays for Auburn. When I went there you can see everybody eats, sleeps and breathes Auburn football up there. That's what I love to see. It's just the atmosphere.
"That was by far the best atmosphere I've ever been a part of for a game,: the quarterback says. "I have been to some games at Miami, Florida State, LSU games, Alabama games, but by far that night game at Auburn was the best atmosphere. The fans were crazy. They definitely love their Auburn football and they want their team to succeed every game. I had fun and I can't wait to go back."
Having visited Auburn over the summer for a football camp, McCarron says he had an idea about the love and support the Tigers get just from that experience, but it was nothing compared to what he saw on Saturday.
"There were a bunch of people there for the camp and I was impressed by that," McCarron says. "Man, when we drove past the fraternity houses and just saw all the people out in the yard and out in the street, it was amazing."
After throwing for more than 1,900 yards with 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions as as sophomore, McCarron got his 2007 season off to a good start last Friday when he hit 11-17 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown in the first half of a 42-20 win over Fairhope. After an hour weather delay the Saints threw just five more passes with a big lead as he finished 12-22 for the game. He says it was a good win for his team to open the season and gives them some confidence as they prepare to face Williamson at home this Friday night.
"We played real well," McCarron says. "We came out in the first half and scored every time we got the ball. I think we started twice from the 20 and then the 30 and 40. We were moving the ball well. I have to give the line credit. They block their butts off every game and were giving me time to throw the ball. My receivers did a great job of catching it. We didn't throw anything down the field the second half."
"I know I'm going to LSU this weekend, but I will come back to Auburn definitely," McCarron says. "I liked it so much that I'm definitely going to be taking my trips back there and visit some of my friends there. I know for sure I'm going to the Auburn-Alabama game. I will go to another Auburn game before that probably."