Alabama notebook: McCarron passes 3,000-yard mark
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
Jan 03, 2014 | 1843 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama running back Derrick Henry (27) runs over the Oklahoma defense. The Alabama Crimson Tide played the Oklahoma Sooners in the 80th Annual Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama running back Derrick Henry (27) runs over the Oklahoma defense. The Alabama Crimson Tide played the Oklahoma Sooners in the 80th Annual Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
slideshow
NEW ORLEANS — Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became the first signal caller in Crimson Tide history to pass for more than 3,000 yards. McCarron reached the plateau early in the third quarter on a pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper.

The single-season record was previously held by Greg McElroy, who had 2,987 in 2010. McCarron entered Thursday’s game with 2,676 yards.

In just one half of football, McCarron threw for 301 yards, marking the fifth time in his career he has had over 300 yards in a single game and third time this season. McCarron had a career-high 359 yards at Kentucky and 334 at Texas A&M in the Crimson Tide’s second game of the season. In 2012, he had 309 versus the Aggies and 306 at Tennessee.

McCarron was under constant pressure all game and threw two first half interceptions.

Yeldon fumble

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon continued with his ball security issues with a second quarter fumble. It was Yeldon’s fifth fumble of the season and the fourth he has lost. Yeldon was carrying the ball in the red zone when Tide left guard Arie Kouandjio accidentally punched it out while trying to pull Yeldon forward for more yardage.

Derrick Henry

Alabama true freshman running back Derrick Henry left his mark on the big stage. Henry has climbed the depth chart all season and has earned the backup spot behind starter T.J. Yeldon. Through three quarters, Henry had rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on less than 10 touches.

Defensive struggles

Oklahoma’s offense had its way with Alabama’s defense in the first half. The Sooners put up 31 points in the first 30 minutes of action, marking the first time the Tide had allowed 31 points in a half since 2003 against Ole Miss.

The Tide committed three turnovers in the first half which Oklahoma turned into 21 points.

Recruits

Alabama received a huge bump in recruiting when Beaumont, Texas, five-star cornerback Tony Brown choose the Crimson Tide over LSU at the Under Armour game on Thursday.

Brown is the No. 3 rated cornerback, the ninth best player in the nation and the top prospect in the state of Texas for the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Brown was considered a lock to LSU because his sister attends the school, but he ultimately chose the Tide.

At 6-foot-0, 188 pounds, Brown is a two-sport star and is expected to run track at Alabama. Brown runs a 4.35 40-yard dash. He will enroll this month.

The Tide also landed four-star safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones. Jones originally committed to the Tide on Dec. 2 in a public ceremony before de-committing on Dec. 18 via social media.

At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Jones is considered to be the fourth best safety prospect in the country according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Jones will also enroll this month.
Comments must be made through Facebook
No personal attacks
No name-calling
No offensive language
Comments must stay on topic
No infringement of copyrighted material


Friends to Follow


Today's Events

event calendar

post a new event

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marketplace