One of the biggest winners among QBs in college history, and also a multiple career-record holder at Alabama, McCarron is in No. 2 QB role for 2015 ... Joined 53-player roster late in 2014 after rehab from shoulder injury ... Looks for chance in 2015 to prove he should have rated higher than the ninth QB selected in 2014 Draft ... Posted a 36-4 record in three seasons as a Crimson Tide starter, leading national championship teams in 2011 and ’12 ... Set school records for TD passes (77), passing yards (9019) and completion percentage (66.9), and his INT percentage (1.46) was the lowest in NCAA annals (15 INTs in 1026 attempts) ... Finished second in ’13 Heisman Trophy voting behind Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2014 NFL Draft (164th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-22-14.
2015 highlights: Active-DNP for Games 1-6 ... Appeared in three preseason games, passing 38-for-60 (63.3 pct.) for 465-1-0.
2014: Missed entire preseason with shoulder injury that predated start of training camp, and was placed Aug. 30 on Reserve/Non-Football Injury list ... Cleared to practice on Nov. 18, and was activated to 53-man roster on Dec. 9 ... Was game day Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff.
College: One of the biggest winners among QBs in college history, and also a multiple career-record holder at Alabama ... Played four seasons (2010-13) at Alabama, with a redshirt year in ’09 ... Played 53 games with 40 starts ... Posted a 36-4 record in three seasons as a Crimson Tide starter, leading national championship teams in 2011 and ’12 ... Only QB to win back-to-back BCS national championships ... Set school records for TD passes (77), passing yards (9019) and completion percentage (66.9), and his INT percentage (1.46) was the lowest in NCAA annals (15 INTs in 1026 attempts) ... In 2013, led Alabama to 11-2 record, and had team in position to reach a third straight BCS title game until Auburn used a 109-yard missed FG return to beat Tide 34-28 on final play of regular-season finale ... Finished second in ’13 Heisman Trophy voting behind Florida State QB Jameis Winston ... Also in ’13, won the Maxwell Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... Led 2012 Tide to 13-1 record and second straight BCS title, including 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in championship game ... Passed for 30 TDs and just three INTs in ’12, and the 30 TD passes set a school record, while his INT percentage of 0.96 was the lowest ever for an SEC performer (minimum 200 completions) ... In 2011, won starting QB job as a sophomore and led team to a 12-1 record, with 21-0 conquest of LSU in BCS finale.
Personal: Hometown is Mobile, Ala. ... Attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School, where he led the team to a 14-1 record and a state championship as a junior ... Business major at Alabama ... Married (wife is model and television personality Katherine Webb).
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: McCarron did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2014 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
This Thanksgiving, thousands of families across the nation were able to share a holiday meal because of the generosity of NFL players. Fifty of those benefitting were at the Boys & Girls Club in Avondale, Ohio as Cincinnati Bengal Carlos Dunlap and his foundation handed out turkeys to those in need.
The Bengals made it official Friday when they activated rookie backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and put backup cornerback Darqueze Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder as the last two first-round picks exchanged places for the stretch run.
The Bengals defense gets the opposite of last week in Arizona. On Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) at Paul Brown Stadium, they face a Rams team led by rookie running back Todd Gurley that averages 174 yards passing.