Alabama Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron can't get no respect

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:14 AM ET

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. - When A.J. McCarron made the announcement last month that he would return to Alabama for his senior season, fair to say there wasn’t a lengthy list of disappointed NFL general managers.

The more shocking news would have been if the Alabama quarterback decided to leave school a year early given his nondescript pro potential.

With a win Monday night against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, McCarron would have back-to-back national titles — and even that might not be enough to get him better than a third-round selection in the NFL.

The reason? McCarron is asked to not lose games rather than go out and win them.

He’s asked to manage the play rather than break plays.

And he’s asked to mirror the personality of his demanding head coach, Nick Saban.

“The quarterback (McCarron) conducts the game just like Nick Saban himself was taking the snap,” Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said. “He doesn’t put the team in bad spots.


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