Manuel, McCarron see Heisman stock rise as 'Noles and Tide roll
He plays the position that has produced 10 of the last 11 Heisman Trophy winners, does so for the nation's No. 1 team and was the offensive MVP of last season's BCS championship game.
So why, with that Heisman blueprint, isn't Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron a bigger presence in this year's race?
It may still be a matter of perception. Despite matching Georgia's Aaron Murray with 10 touchdown passes this season -- which puts McCarron on pace to shatter Greg McElroy's single-season record of 20 set in 2010 and keeps him in line to break John Parker Wilson's career record of 47 -- the Crimson Tide's redshirt junior can't seem to shake the "game manager" label.
Granted, McCarron hasn't had to win a game on his own. With a defense that's allowed 5.2 points per game, the second-year starter has yet to face many high-pressure situations. That could change during a two-week stretch against No. 21 Mississippi State and No. 3 LSU, but that's still a month away.
The Watchman, though, is finished ignoring the Yellowhammer State's
As a refresher, here's a look at how things stacked up