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Top 3 QBs of the Saban era at UA

In his six seasons as Alabama's head coach, Nick Saban has had three starting quarterbacks. And none of those three missed a start.

McCarron has something other UA starters don't: two national titles.

Among other things, stability at the most important position on the field has played a large role in the Crimson Tide reclaiming its place atop college football.

In the process, John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron have done their very best to shed the "game manager" tag that has long been associated with quarterbacks at Alabama.

While the running game speaks loudly to the identity of the Crimson Tide offense, the trio of signal callers have been more than a conduit between the center and running backs.

Since 2007, Wilson, McElroy and McCarron have combined to set new UA career and single-season marks in the following statistical categories: passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage and, most important, interception percentage (which has a direct impact on winning percentage) .

Prior to the 2012 season, picking the top guy for this list would've been difficult. However, after passing for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns (against just three interceptions) while capturing his second straight national crown as the starter, McCarron graduated from all-era status to all-time consideration.

And he still has a year to go.

1.] AJ McCarron (2009-present)
Why he's here: Want a winner? McCarron has posted a 25-2 mark as a starter with national titles in each of his two seasons behind center. Want numbers? Among Saban starters, McCarron has passed for more yards (5,567) and touchdowns (46), while throwing the fewest interceptions (8). His 30 touchdown tosses in 2012 and 49 career scoring aerials both serve as school records.
Claim to fame: Only quarterback in BCS era to win back-to-back national championships. In two BCS title games, McCarron completed 43 of 62 passes for 498 yards and four touchdowns.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: The Drive.
Next level: Ranked as the No. 1 quarterback prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft by

2.] Greg McElroy (2006-2010)
Why he's here: While he's best known for quarterbacking the 2009 team to the national title, McElroy's 2010 season was one of the very best by a player at his position in school history. Set school marks that season for passing yards (2,987), touchdown passes (20) and completion percentage (70.3).
Claim to fame: Outplayed Tim Tebow in 2009 SEC Championship Game win over Florida, taking home most valuable player honors in the process.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: McElroy, Tide take out top-ranked Gators
Next level: Selected by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, McElroy missed his rookie season due to a thumb injury sustained in the preseason. Returned in 2012 to play in two games, including one start, passing for 214 yards and a touchdown with one interception.

3.] John Parker Wilson (2005-2008)
Why he's here: Statistically, Wilson doesn't take a back seat to either of the guys ranked ahead of him on this list. Completed more passes (665) for more yards (7,924) than any other quarterback in school history. Wilson's 47 career touchdown passes rank second to McCarron's 49.
Claim to fame: Permanent team captain and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist in 2008.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Wilson sneaks Alabama past LSU
Next level: Signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. Spent parts of three seasons with the Falcons and another with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being released by the Jags last month.

Also see:
Top three DEs of the Saban era
Top three ILBs of the Saban era
Top three safeties of the Saban era
Top three nose guards of the Saban era
Top three tight ends of the Saban era
Top three offensive tackles of the Saban era
Top three wide receivers of the Saban era
Top three running backs of the Saban era
Top three cornerbacks of the Saban era

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