AJ McCarron Wins 2013 Maxwell Award

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>>ALL RIGHT. WELCOME BACK, WE’RE HAD A GREAT NIGHT SO FAR. NOW, THE BIG AWARD AND WE HAVE THREE GREAT CANDIDATES. WHO DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT?>>JAMEIS IS UP FIRST. IF JAMEIS WINS THE AWARD, HE WOULD BE THE FIRST FRESHMAN TO WIN IT. AND BECOME THE GREATEST ATHLETE IN FLORIDA STATE HISTORY, BESIDES CHARLIE WARD TO BE DECORATED. I WANT TO SAY, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE, FROM THE QUARTERBACK, 57 YEARS AGO, I PLAYED QUARTERBACK FOR FLORIDA STATE. >>HOW ABOUT A.J. McCARRON. IT’S HARD NOT TO TALK ABOUT HIS TEN YOUR AT ALABAMA, A COUPLE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIPS, A COUPLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT THIS YEAR, HE IS THE MOST EFFICIENT QUARTERBACK IN THE S.E.C., AGAINST RANKED TEAMS, COMPLETED 76 OUT OF 110 PASSES, TEN TOUCHDOWNS AND ONE INT. AND HE TOLD ME TONIGHT, HE TIED HIS OWN BOW TIE, THE FIRST TIME, TOO. >>GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME?>>HE IS STYLISH. >>HE IS. >>AND OF COURSE, JOHNNY MANZIEL. FORGET STATS. WHAT JOHNNY HAD TO ENDURE THIS YEAR, I THINK ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN AROUND HIM AND WATCHED HIM GROW AS A PLAYER AND THE WAY HE WILL HAS GROWN OFF THE FIELD, I THINK HE IS BE PROUD OF EVERYTHING HE ACCOMPLISHED AND HE SHOULD IMPROVE. AND IT PAID OFF FOR HIM FOR 2013. >>DEFINITELY. >>PLEASE WELCOME, FORMER SYRACUSE GREAT AND 1987 MAXWELL AWARD WINNER DON McFARSON.>>SINCE 1936, THE MAXWELL AWARD HAS OPERATED WITH A SINGULAR FOCUS TO EXPLORE EVERY CORNER ON THE MAP IN THE COUNTRY TO FIND AN INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIED TO BE CALLED COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, IN 1987, I WAS THAT GUY. I DIDN’T THINK I WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN MY OWN HUDDLE. LIKE A LOT OF GUYS WE HONOR HERE THIS EVENING, I WAS SURROUNDED BY AN OUTSTANDING TEAM AND COACHES WHO MADE ME BETTER EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE THING YOU REALIZE AS YOU GET OLDER, WHEN WE HAD THAT LOCKER ROOM, IT WAS OUR MOMENT, IT WAS OUR TIME AND THEN YOU REALIZE, THAT YOUR MOMENTS ARE SHARED, IN THAT COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE THAT IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL. THE MAXWELL AWARD THIS EVENING HONORS THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBODIES THAT COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FINALISTS.>>THE FINALISTS FOR THE 2013 MAXWELL AWARDS ARE — JOHNNY MANZIEL, TEXAS A&M.>>MANZIEL WAITING, THE SNAP, NOW LOOKS TO TUCK AND RUN. >>HE WILL THROW IT. >>TOUCHDOWN!>>THE TWO CONNECT AGAIN.>>THERE GOES JOHNNY FOOTBALL. >>AND WHAT THAT IS TWHI THEY LOVE HIM HERE IN COLLEGE STATION. >>A.J. McCARRON, ALABAMA. >>13th PLAY OF THE DRIVE COMING UP. >>TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA!>>A.J. IS GOING TO THROW OUT OF THE END ZONE. >>A.J. LOOKS, THROWS, AND THE RECEIVER, IT’S CAUGHT BY ALABAMA. TOUCHDOWN!>>JAMEIS WINSTON, FLORIDA STATE. >>JAMEIS GOING FOR IT. >>WHAT A THROW BY WINSTON. >>A GREAT TIME. FIRE, END ZONE, TOUCHDOWN!>>WINSTON, HE IS GOING TO BE — HE GOT AWAY FROM THE SACK. CAUGHT! TOUCHDOWN. WHAT A REMARKABLE JOB BY JAMEIS WINSTON.>>ON BEHALF OF THE MAXWELL FOOTBALL CLUB, IT’S MY HONOR AND PLEASURE AND HONOR TO PRESENT TO YOU THE WINNER OF 20913 MAXWELL AWARD, A.J. McCARRON, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. [ APPLAUSE ]>>A.J. McCARRON IS THE FIRST ACC PLAYER TO RECEIVE THE AWARD SINCE CAM NEWTON IN 2010 AND THE FIRST ALABAMA PLAYER TO WIN.>>TOM, THANK YOU. A.J., CONGRATULATIONS ON TYING THE BOW TIE AND WINNING THE MAXWELL AWARD. YOU LOOK A LITTLE SURPRISED. >>LIKE MR. McPHERSON SAID, I DON’T THINK I’M THE BEST PLAYER OF THE OTHER TWO GUYS THAT MENTIONED. BUT I CAN’T THANK THEM ENOUGH. IT’S AN HONOR TO BE HERE. >>YOU RAISE THE CRYSTAL BALL A COUPLE TIMES, S.E.C. TROPHIES. HOW SWEET NOW, PERSONAL RECOGNITION. THIS IS JUST YOURS. >>IT’S AWESOME. I CAN’T THANK MY TEAMMATES ENOUGH. EVERYBODY, MY TEAMMATES AT HOME, I LOVE YOU GUYS. YOU MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE. >>THE MAXWELL AWARD, THE UNITAS AWARD EARLIER THIS WEEK. WE TALK ABOUT TRUST, THE TRUST THAT COACH SABAN AND THE OTHERS HAVE IN YOU. THE TRUST THAT OTHERS HAVE IN IT. HE MADE TWO PLAY CALLS AGAINST A&M AND AUBURN AND THEY SCORED TOUCHDOWNS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, THE TRUST?>>IT IT WAS A LONG ROAD WITH COACH SABAN. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM BEING SLAPPED ON THE REAR END AND WINNING THIS AWARD. I’M JUST GLAD WE STUCK WITH ME, IT’S BEEN A GOOD JOURNEY. >>FOR AND YOU JAMEIS, AND TRE MASON, NEXT STOP IS NEW YORK. YOUR FIRST VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?>>I’M READY TO GO SIGHTSEEING AND ENJOY THE MOMENT AND LIVE IN THE MOMENT. IT’S A BLESSING, LIKE I SAID. >>YOU LIVED GREAT MOMENTS. A.J. McCARRON, CONGRATULATIONS, THE MAXWELL AWARD WINNER. WE WILL SEE NEW NEW YORK CITY. JOIN US SATURDAY EVENING FOR THE HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION. COMING UP NEXT, BOWL MANIA AND ON ESPNU, THE AFTER SHOW. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR WATCHING AND GOOD NIGHT.

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