Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steady Hand Alabama Hopes Its Efficient QB Bounces Back after Hurting Knee

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steady Hand Alabama Hopes Its Efficient QB Bounces Back after Hurting Knee

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Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron does not typically dazzle when he's on the field. In fact, it can be easy to overlook his contributions to the Crimson Tide offense. - He doesn't rank among the top 50 quarterbacks in the country in passing yards, and his touchdown passes are well behind the pace of the nation's leaders. - However, McCarron is No. 5 in passing efficiency because he has yet to throw an interception and has completed 67 percent of his throws. - The junior continued to be efficient Saturday against Mizzou, even without a touchdown pass, completing 16 of 21 for 171 yards. McCarron has 12 touchdown passes and continues to build on his school record, which now stands at 227 passes without an interception. - So, when he went down in a heap and needed a minute to get on his feet in the second half at Faurot Field, his teammates couldn't be blamed for fearing the worst. - "I was thinking the worst until I saw him moving around," defensive back Dee Milliner said. "But I thought, 'Aw, man, we've got another person that's down.' I saw him grab his knee and was hoping it wasn't his ACL." - McCarron hobbled off the field and backup Phillip Ely began throwing warm-up tosses. But McCarron returned for the Crimson Tide's next possession. - Coach Nick Saban said he suffered a "twisted knee" and was unsure of the extent of the injury with Tennessee next on the schedule. - Alabama's bye week has passed, so McCarron will have to bounce back quickly. He returned to the field with a limp and a sleeve on his knee. - "Hopefully he won't have issues and will be able to play," Saban said. "But it will probably take a day or two to figure that out for sure. The fact he was able to go back probably speaks well of his chances to come back, but the doctor wants to take a look in 24 hours and see where we're at."

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