Ranking Manziel at No. 2 seems unfair. It’s more 1 and 1a, but somebody needed to come out on top. The staff was divided, but in the end, McCarron has two national titles and isn’t currently at risk for a suspension.
Don’t let the Crimson Tide signal-caller’s pedestrian totals fool you: Alabama’s margin of victory of more than 30 points per win in 2012 meant McCarron was doing a lot less throwing. He would have thrown for more than 3,800 yards and 42 TDs if his first-half production carried through the fourth quarter.
Manziel may be more gifted athletically, but McCarron gets the nod.