Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron wins Maxwell AwardFILE - In this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. McCarron made a pact with himself: He wouldn't go to New York before he's able to pay his own way unless it's for the Heisman Trophy ceremony or the NFL draft. He's headed there this weekend as a Heisman finalist. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has won the Maxwell Award, given to college football's player of the year.
McCarron was presented with the award Thursday during the 23rd College Football Awards Show at Disney.
The fifth-year senior led Alabama to an 11-1 season that left the Crimson Tide just short of a chance to play for its third straight national championship. He threw for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions.
McCarron also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be handed out Saturday night. He won the Maxwell Award over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, both Heisman finalists as well.