A.J. McCarron backup Alabama quarterback

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Freshman quarterback A.J. McCarron is the backup quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The news was announced by head coach Nick Saban Wednesday morning during a news conference with reporters covering the BCS National Championship game. No. 1 Alabama, 13-0, will play No. 2 Texas, 13-0, for the national title Thursday night.

During the news conference, Saban was asked about his contigency plan should quarterback Greg McElroy be injured during the game.

"A.J. McCarron has really sort of been our backup quarterback since the bye week," Saban said. "It's been our plan that if we had to play him that we'll play the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win the game, and that's what we would do."

Saban did say redshirt freshman Star Jackson is also an option based on the situation.

"I think in fairness to everyone, we would put the guy in the game that would give us the best opportunity to win," Saban said. "If the person who has sort of been the backup quarterback needs to do that because he's performed the best, practiced the best and put himself in that position, I'm pretty certain that that's the direction that we would go in."

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