By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
Picayune's Malcolm Faciane already wears a national championship ring on one finger.
Monday night, the tight end for the University of Alabama can earn one for the other hand.
Faciane and the Crimson Tide look for back-to-back BCS National Championships when Alabama takes on Notre Dame at Sun Life Stadium just outside of Miami.
A former Maroon Tide standout, Faciane is a reserve tight end for head coach Nick Saban's squad. Alabama beat LSU 21-0 last season for its second national title in three seasons.
Also, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron should feel right at home in when the second-ranked Crimson Tide take on No. 1 Notre Dame for the BCS national title on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.
That's because he's seen himself playing there for years.
Sun Life is the home of the Miami Dolphins — and the Miami Hurricanes, the team that McCarron grew up rooting for. He strongly considered attending the school and playing for the 'Canes.
"I love 'The U,'" said McCarron, a native of Mobile, Ala. "But I just felt like at the end of the day, it was the best situation for me to stay in the state."
McCarron is tall and lean, reminiscent of former Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, who just happens to be one of the Alabama star's favorite players. McCarron also grew up idolizing former Hurricanes like Willis McGahee, Andre Johnson and Kellen Winslow.
"What probably attracted me the most is, just like whenever you're a little kid, the team that's winning the most is probably your favorite," McCarron said.
He ultimately picked the Tide over Oklahoma and Miami.
And even though McCarron was a 2-year-old at the time, Alabama's win over the Hurricanes for the 1992 national title seems like it's a topic of regular discussion in his house.
"My dad went to that game and missed my brother being born to go to that game," McCarron said. "My mom was not happy."
(The Associated Press contributed to this report).