McCarron: I need to show more emotion this time

We don’t get to talk to AJ McCarron very often. So we took full advantage in Thursday’s offensive media day. Here’s what I came up with for today’s print edition:

NEW ORLEANS — Any lip reader watching Alabama’s win at Florida knew Nick Saban need his young quarterback to settle down.

Photo by Gary Cosby Jr./Decatur Daily

The emotion got the best of AJ McCarron a few times. They even met afterward to discuss harnessing that competitive drive for the good of the Alabama football team.

A month later LSU came to town and McCarron’s passion became an issue again.

“I tried to play calm,” McCarron said. “And in the end, I wasn’t playing my game.”

Somewhere between Florida and LSU is his goal Monday night. By 7:30, McCarron and the Crimson Tide can avenge the 9-6 overtime loss to LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.

On a personal level, the only loss of McCarron’s career of a starter wasn’t a complete disaster. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 199 yards with one interception.

He just wasn’t sharp the whole game. Two incompletions and a sack ended his night in overtime when a missed Cade Foster field goal was followed by a 25 yarder from LSU’s Drew Alleman.

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