McCarron the calm amid NCAA circus

AJ McCarron is the first NCAA quarterback to win consecutive national titles since Matt Leinart.

AJ McCarron has done just about everything anyone could want at Alabama. He has won two national championships as a starter and can become the first player in NCAA FBS history to win three in that role.

But getting that fourth championship ring—he earned one redshirting in 2009 —will be the most difficult and demanding yet. And it has absolutely nothing to do with what Alabama faces on the field.

“I don’t think any of us can comprehend the pressure he has to win,” said former Alabama center Barrett Jones. “We all want to win, but it’s almost a sense of responsibility for the Alabama quarterback.”

That’s what makes McCarron’s final run in Tuscaloosa the storyline of the 2013 season. For two years he has dealt with the pressure of playing the position, and it only got the best of him one time—after, of all things, a win.

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