Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron held his semi-pro day today in a vacant lot just off the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. As many as seven semi-pro scouts watched McCarron, representing fifth-rate football leagues and low-end arena teams, mostly from the Gulf Coast region.
“I liked what I saw,” said Jimbo Wilson, owner, head coach and head scout of the Biloxi (Miss.) Bashers. “There are some football skills there. I think A.J. could be a good addition to our squad as a backup quarterback and volunteer grounds crew chief.”
Jeff Mathew, the owner, head coach, offensive coordinator, marketing director and starting wide receiver for the Decatur Sun Monsters of Arena League 10 said McCarron didn’t impress him.
“I think he showed today that he won in college only because of the talent around him,” said Mathew. “We play quality football in Arena League 10. A few of our guys are under 40. Almost half played high school football. I don’t think A.J. has the arm strength to compete.”
McCarron’s NFL draft stock has soured in recent months to the point his agent, Todd France, organized an event for non-traditional football teams in hope of getting his client some kind of employment in the sport, even if it’s 10 bucks for a few games in the fall. CFL and Arena League teams all declined, but France was able to get some lukewarm interest at the lowest levels of the sport.
“I thought A.J. was lights-out today,” said Cleveland Browns general manger Ray Farmer. “I would love to see him starting for us in Week 1.”
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