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Why has AJ McCarron turned down his Senior Bowl invite?

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Alabama's AJ McCarron has turned down the opportunity to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl.

The 2013 Heisman trophy runner up spoke to Randy Kennedy of to explain his reasoning:

I really appreciate being invited to play in the Senior Bowl," he told the reporter.

"It is quite an honor and something I've dreamed about while growing up in the Mobile area. However, at this time, I'm putting all of my focus and energy into preparing for the NFL Combine, pro day and the rest of the pre-draft evaluation process.

"Therefore I won't be taking part in the Senior Bowl."

The move is not unprecedented. 

Geno Smith, now of the New York Jets, declined the chance to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. 

However many scouts, and fans alike, were looking forward to seeing McCarron deal with unfamiliar surroundings after being surrounded by a stellar roster at Alabama.

And the game would have proven an opportunity for the three-time BCS National Championship winning QB to shake off the image of a game managing play-caller.

Having delivered a below-par performance in Alabama's shock bowl game loss to Oklahoma you would have expected someone like McCarron to jump at the chance to put in one last stellar performance in college football.

It remains to be seen whether his decision will prove detrimental in a year with several stellar quarterbacks lining up alongside him in the 2014 NFL draft.

But it looks like we wont be seeing McCarron until the Combine.

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