Alabama football news: McCarron #4 in first Heisman poll

Latest Alabama football news: Although he struggled in the opener vs Virginia Tech, Tide Sr. QB AJ McCarron is #4 on the Heisman Predictor Poll - an unbiased, statistical prediction of who is most likely to win the Heisman, based on 2+ decades of statistical analysis on what it takes to win the award.

Although McCarron struggled vs. the Hokies, the fact that he has tremendous name recognition (second only to Johnny Manziel, according to Chat Sports' data) and plays for the #1 team, McCarron is likely to remain in the top few players competing for the Heisman as long as the Tide is #1 or in competition for the BCS Championship game.

The last 2 winners have bucked a trend of recent Heisman winners: A QB on a team that was playing for the BCS Championship. RGIII and Manziel relied on raw shock and awe stats to burst past players starring for a #1 or #2 team. Prior to 2011, 9 of the last 11 winners played in that years BCS Championship game. One of the two who didn't, Tim Tebow, played in the game the year before and after his Heisman.

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