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2013 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - QBs
Notre Dame QB Everett Golson
Notre Dame QB Everett Golson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 6, 2013


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 BCS Championship, starting with the quarterbacks.

2013 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. Notre Dame - QBs

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CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
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- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

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Alabama: Normally, a quarterback shooting for his second straight national title is a Heisman contender and a burgeoning legend, but A.J. McCarron, like all Alabama quarterbacks under Nick Saban, are parts of the puzzle and not the star. The defense and running game shine the brightest for the Tide, but when the team needed him the most in the BCS championship last year against LSU, and in the final moments against the Tigers this year, he came up big and showed that yeah, there’s a place in the Alabama world for a good quarterback, too.

Okay, so the defense was the reason the Tide won the 2011 national title, but McCarron badly outplayed Tiger QB Jordan Jefferson completing 23-of-34 passes for 234 yards and, most importantly, no interceptions. Best of all, he got better and better as the year went on with a far better feel for the offense and with few mistakes with no picks in the final three games.

This season, he took his game to another level, leading the nation in passing efficiency while throwing for 2,669 yards and 26 touchdowns with three interceptions while leading the team to an SEC championship – remember, the Tide didn’t win the conference last year – helped by the epic late drive to beat LSU and highlighted by his clutch touchdown pass to beat Georgia and a 17-of-22, 306-yard, four touchdown day against Tennessee.

With 6-4, 205-pound size the junior looks the part, and while he doesn’t have a monster arm, it’s more than good enough to push the ball down the field. The Elite 11 Quarterback camper has a great release, a little bit of mobility in the pocket and all the raw tools. Proven, he’s more than just along for the ride.

Notre Dame: It’s way deep in the rear-view mirror now, but there was a four-way quarterback derby before the season. While Tommy Rees was the main man for most of 2011, he turned into a backup and relief pitcher to provide a passing spark when Everett Golson wasn’t moving the attack. However, make no mistake about it; this was Golson’s quarterback job.

The superstar recruit of last year is only 6-0 and 185 pounds, but he’s mobile, accurate, and athletic enough to have been in the mix for the Irish basketball team. One of the most accomplished passers in the history of high school football, throwing for 11,634 yards and 151 career scores despite missing half of 2010 hurt, he was great as a scout teamer last season and dominated in the spring game completing 11-of-15 passes for 120 yards and two scores while also running for 25 yards.

This season, he did a little of everything with his overall play equaling more than his stats, throwing for 2,135 yards and 11 touchdowns with five picks while running for 305 yards and five scores. Against Pitt, it was his passing in the final minutes to force overtime, and his one-yard run to finally win it – he proved he could handle the pressure as the season went on.

Meanwhile, Rees could play a role just to try adding something new for the Tide defense to deal with. The 6-2, 210-pound bomber had a few moments of brilliance in 2011, but he eventually lost the job to Golson because his past performance on the field were marred by big, giant mistakes coming at the worst possible times. His problem is inconsistency, but this year he did what he needed to do against BYU when Golson was out, and he did the job against Stanford, leading the way to the game-tying field goal and winning it in overtime with a touchdown pass.

ADVANTAGE Alabama. Golson is the key to the game – he has to be great for the Irish to win – but he’s not an efficient enough passer and he hasn’t shown he can throw for a full sixty minutes like he might need to. McCarron has a national championship ring, an SEC championship and the big plays and experience to be able to handle the pressure a bit better.

CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches