Senior quarterback AJ McCarron connected with his younger brother, sophomore tight end Corey McCarron, for a 3-yard gain. It was the first time the two brothers were able to hook up on a play in their Crimson Tide careers. AJ brought Corey to the postgame news conference following the Tide’s 49-0 thrashing of Chattanooga.
“I keep telling people that’s the reason I stayed, for memories like this,” AJ said. “It’s just something we’ll be able to cherish for the rest of our lives.”
AJ is the star quarterback, while Corey is the walk-on tight end. Corey said he’s worked all year for a moment like this.
“It was worth every second,” Corey said. “That was one of the greatest moments of my life. I will never trade it for anything.”
Corey jokingly said the pressure was on him to make the catch.
“A lot because if I would have dropped it, he would have yelled at me in front of a lot of people. ... It’s something we do every day and something we’ve been doing since we were kids.”
But big brother still had to offer some coaching tips for little brother.
“I congratulated him, but I still chewed his butt out and told him he should have got up field faster,” AJ said. “I’m happy for him, but I’m still going to be the bigger brother.”
Added Corey: “I should have got a lot more yards. The way we run that play, we usually get hit pretty soon. So I kind of stopped and turned my head so I didn’t get crushed. But I should have gotten more yards. It was still fun.”
Tide coach Nick Saban said he told offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier at halftime to think of a play in which McCarron could throw to McCarron.
“AJ told me a long time ago that he’d like to throw a pass to his brother some day,” Saban said.
AJ said he was sure his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, cried upon seeing it happen.
“I literally could hear her screaming over everybody as soon as he caught it,” AJ said. “The rest of the crowd was probably like, ‘All right great, a 5-yard gain,’ and she was still yelling. The whole family probably cried.”