Played four seasons (2008-11) at Colorado, logging 6183 yards total offense (fourth-most in school history) ... Played in 33 games with 21 starts.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 5-2-12.
COLLEGE: Career passing totals of 505-for-872 (57.9 percent) for 5705 yards, 35 TDs and 28 INTs ... Also had eight career rushing TDs ... Had a 5.59-yard average per true carry (not including sacks), which ranked third-best in school history for a QB ... Earned No. 1 QB spot midway through sophomore season ... As a senior, passed for 2883 yards (second-most in school history) on 231-of-412 passing (56.0 percent), with 20 TDs and 11 INTs, and rushed for three TDs ... Had at least one TD pass in all 12 games as a senior ... Set or tied 11 school records (game or season) as a senior ... Named by Colorado’s coaching staff as the co-recipient of the John Mack Award as 2011 team’s most outstanding offensive player ... Caught a 14-yard TD from RB Rodney Stewart in 2011 win over Arizona ... Started first seven games as a junior, before season was ended by a ruptured spleen suffered against Texas Tech.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Murrieta, Calif. ... Attended Chaparral High School, where as a senior, he was Southwestern League Player of the Year and school’s Athlete of the Year ... Also lettered twice in prep baseball and once in prep track ... Communications major at Colorado.
There may be no periods in AJ McCarron’s first name, but he supplied Saturday night's exclamation points. The poise and enthusiasm the Bengals have raved about all preseason were all on display in a 21-10 pre-season win over the Bears. His 31-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones marked his first as a pro.
The next time we see them, they’ll be in the Black Hole in Oakland. And the Bengals’ first teamers dug themselves out of Monday night’s black hole in Tampa with a thorough exhibition on both sides of the ball in Saturday night’s 21-10 pre-season victory over the Bears at Paul Brown Stadium. "This is the team we think we are," said Andrew Whitworth.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said if it had been the regular season, he would have stayed in Saturday night’s game. But since it was the third pre-season game and his neck had just awkwardly turned under about two tons of humanity at the goal line on his fourth-and-one touchdown sneak, the Bengals gave him the rest of the night off in the 21-10 victory over the Bears.
Quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a neck injury Saturday night, apparently when he converted a fourth-and-one from the half-yard line to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Bears with 4:17 left in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on the way to Cincinnati’s 21-10 victory.