One of the biggest winners among QBs in college history, and also a multiple career-record holder at Alabama, McCarron is in No. 2 QB role for 2015 ... Joined 53-player roster late in 2014 after rehab from shoulder injury ... Looks for chance in 2015 to prove he should have rated higher than the ninth QB selected in 2014 Draft ... Posted a 36-4 record in three seasons as a Crimson Tide starter, leading national championship teams in 2011 and ’12 ... Set school records for TD passes (77), passing yards (9019) and completion percentage (66.9), and his INT percentage (1.46) was the lowest in NCAA annals (15 INTs in 1026 attempts) ... Finished second in ’13 Heisman Trophy voting behind Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2014 NFL Draft (164th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-22-14.
2015 highlights: Active-DNP for Games 1-6 ... Appeared in three preseason games, passing 38-for-60 (63.3 pct.) for 465-1-0.
2014: Missed entire preseason with shoulder injury that predated start of training camp, and was placed Aug. 30 on Reserve/Non-Football Injury list ... Cleared to practice on Nov. 18, and was activated to 53-man roster on Dec. 9 ... Was game day Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff.
College: One of the biggest winners among QBs in college history, and also a multiple career-record holder at Alabama ... Played four seasons (2010-13) at Alabama, with a redshirt year in ’09 ... Played 53 games with 40 starts ... Posted a 36-4 record in three seasons as a Crimson Tide starter, leading national championship teams in 2011 and ’12 ... Only QB to win back-to-back BCS national championships ... Set school records for TD passes (77), passing yards (9019) and completion percentage (66.9), and his INT percentage (1.46) was the lowest in NCAA annals (15 INTs in 1026 attempts) ... In 2013, led Alabama to 11-2 record, and had team in position to reach a third straight BCS title game until Auburn used a 109-yard missed FG return to beat Tide 34-28 on final play of regular-season finale ... Finished second in ’13 Heisman Trophy voting behind Florida State QB Jameis Winston ... Also in ’13, won the Maxwell Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... Led 2012 Tide to 13-1 record and second straight BCS title, including 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in championship game ... Passed for 30 TDs and just three INTs in ’12, and the 30 TD passes set a school record, while his INT percentage of 0.96 was the lowest ever for an SEC performer (minimum 200 completions) ... In 2011, won starting QB job as a sophomore and led team to a 12-1 record, with 21-0 conquest of LSU in BCS finale.
Personal: Hometown is Mobile, Ala. ... Attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School, where he led the team to a 14-1 record and a state championship as a junior ... Business major at Alabama ... Married (wife is model and television personality Katherine Webb).
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: McCarron did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2014 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
The Bengals are back to No. 1 in NFL scoring defense after Sunday’s 31-7 victory over the Rams, the fourth time in five games they’ve held foes to 10 points or less.
It was another day at the office Sunday for Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s playbook in the 31-7 victory over the Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The guys without the ball got it published when the offensive line held Rams Pro Bowl tackle Aaron Donald to just three assisted tackles.
They have been the heart of five straight winning seasons and when they helped nail down the fifth one Sunday in a one-touchdown dismissal of the Rams at festive Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals defensive line went looking for a lot more than that. "We put our resume out there today," Domata Peko said.
In Sunday's 31-7 victory over the Rams at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals D-line wanted to show the league which line was the best on the field and held Todd Gurley to 19 yards . . . Injuries don't look serious . . . Bengals interior blanks Aaron Donald . . . Reggie Nelson intercepts league lead . . .