Published On: Thu, Dec 13th, 2012

McCarron to return to Alabama for his senior year

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Alabama has received word from its junior quarterback AJ McCarron that he will return for his senior season.

AJ McCarron (Getty Images)

He is leading the nation in passiong efficiency with 26 touchdowns. He has only thrown three interceptions this season.

He has also thrown 2,669 yards en route to helping the Crimson Tide to a 12-1 record, including an invitiation to play in the National Championship game. On the matchup of 1-2, Alabama will face Notre Dame in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game on January 7th in Miami.

“I had many goals for myself when I came to the University of Alabama,” McCarron said. “I have been lucky enough to achieve some of those goals, but some are still ahead of me. There were many factors in my decision to return to Alabama for my senior year but, after talking with my family and coaches, I knew it was the right choice for me.

“I love the University of Alabama, my coaches, my teammates and our fans. I am excited to have the opportunity to play with my brother (sophomore tight end Corey McCarron), continue to grow as a leader, continue to help our team win football games and develop even further as a quarterback. The NFL has long been a dream, but I think another year at Alabama can only help my chances of being successful at the next level.”

Alabama is expected to begin practicing again for the national title game on December 18th.

McCarron looks to improve on his 45 career touchdown passes in the game on ESPN. His 45 touchdowns are second in program history.

His 24 wins are tied for fifth in program history and has a .923 winning percentage, as a starter.

“We are pleased that AJ has decided to return for his senior year next season,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “He’s done a great job for us and has really grown, not only as a quarterback and a player, but as a leader of our team. Like I’ve said before, we want to help our players make sound decisions when it comes to what is best for their future. Our goal at Alabama is to help our guys develop a career off the field by graduating, become the best football players they can be during their time here, and try to win a championship while preparing them for the possibility of playing in the NFL.

“AJ has great support from his family and the people around him. He showed very good maturity in looking at all of the factors and making an informed decision on his future. He has a chance to add to what he has already accomplished here while also better preparing himself for the next level. We’re excited to have him back for his senior season.”

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- Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher for The Capital Sports Report. He has covered local and national events, including numerous Heisman Trophy ceremonies, two Little League World Series, and the Army-Navy college football game.