TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named one of six Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy,” McCarron said following the announcement on Monday evening. “This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can’t put into words how much it means to me. I am truly privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony. None of this would be possible without my coaches and teammates. The offensive line, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends have done an unbelievable job all season and our coaches always put us in a position to be successful.”
McCarron led the Tide to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in his final season. He has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.
The Crimson Tide’s senior signal caller hopes to become just the second Heisman winner in Alabama history (Mark Ingram, 2009). Alabama’s last Heisman finalist was Trent Richardson, who finished third in 2011.
Before that David Palmer (1993) and Jay Barker (1994) went in back-to-back seasons.
Along with McCarron, Jameis Winston (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Andre Williams (Boston College) and Tre Mason (Auburn) were also named finalists.
Winston is considered the favorite to win college football’s most coveted award. Winston has racked up 4,013 total yards and 42 total touchdowns.
Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the award in 2012, has accounted for 4,418 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Lynch has gained 2,676 yards through the air and 1,881 on the ground while scoring 45 touchdowns.
Williams has rushed for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Mason came on strong after the Tigers knocked off Alabama and won the SEC championship over Missouri. He amassed 468 rushing yards and five touchdowns in those games. On the season, Mason has rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.