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AJ McCarron looks comfortable for Tide

9/3/2011

With all the talk about how inexperienced Alabama's quarterbacks are, AJ McCarron has looked pretty relaxed in Crimson Tide pocket today.

He started the game connecting on seven of his first eight passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came on a 24-yard strike to Marquis Maze in traffic to give Alabama the 14-0 lead over Kent State in the first quarter.

McCarron got the start over Phillip Sims because of seniority, and Sims should be in the game soon. But what a nice start for McCarron.

He hasn't had to do much with his legs because of some great protection from his offensive line. He's also making things easy on himself. He's not trying to win the game on every throw or make big plays ever time he touches the ball. He's being a game manager, just like coach Nick Saban likes his quarterbacks to be.

If Sims is just as good as McCarron has been, this battle will really be fun to watch.