Comparison: QBs McCarron, Robinson

August, 30, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron and Denard Robinson could not be two more different quarterbacks.

One lives and dies with the pass, the other is as comfortable running with the ball as he is throwing it.

But who is best; who does more with the ball: Robinson or McCarron?

No one doubts Robinson holds the edge in celebrity, but is he that much more effective a quarterback than his SEC counterpart?

With the help of the ESPN Stats and Information Department, let's break down the two quarterbacks in terms of passing, rushing and clutch situations:

Passing


Throws of 15 or more yards (career)


• Robinson has not improved much throughout the years on these passes. In 2011, he completed 38.1 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

• McCarron was 5 of 9 for 105 yards on throws of this distance in the BCS National Championship Game

Rushing

Robinson’s long runs

• Robinson leads the FBS with 102 rushes of 10-plus yards since 2010. Robinson has had at least one such run every game during the last two seasons, including seven games with at least five such runs. A.J. McCarron has one rush of 10-plus yards in his career.
Most 10+ Yard Rushes Since 2010:

Denard Robinson, Michigan – 102

Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky – 91

LaMichael James, Oregon – 91
Robinson Designed Running Plays:

Clutch situations
In the red zone (2011):

Fourth-quarter passing (2011):

Third-down passing (2011):

Against the blitz (2011):


• McCarron completed 60.9 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interception against the blitz when facing SEC opponent last season, including 8 of 13 passes against LSU in the BCS National Championship game.


Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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