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QB's girlfriend in spotlight after game

Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012.

Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama's routing of Notre Dame for its second straight national championship has been overshadowed in part by a new breakout star — Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012.

Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Monday night's game, when ESPN cameras visited and revisited Webb in the stands and announcer Brent Musburger piled on the compliments. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, she had topped 163,000 followers, trumping McCarron's 110,000. Before the game, Webb — who graduated with a business degree from longtime Alabama rival Auburn University in 2011, according to her pageant biography — had only a few hundred.

"Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women," Musburger said as the camera focused on Webb, sitting with McCarron's mother. "What a beautiful woman. Wow!"

Some found the remarks from Musburger, 73, out of line. On Tuesday, ESPN released this statement: "We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that."

Webb, a 23-year-old model, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Musburger's comments didn't bother her.

"It was kind of nice," she said. "I didn't look at it as creepy at all. For a woman to be called beautiful, I don't see how that's an issue."

Webb said that during the game, her iPhone was dead, but several friends seated nearby showed her what was happening on Twitter and pointed out that pictures of her were being shown on TV.

"I just couldn't believe it," she said. "I was just in complete surprise."

Dee Dee Bonner, McCarron's mother, said the two laughed in the stands as Webb's Twitter count grew.

"We were like, 'Oh my God,'" Bonner said. "She said, 'All I want to do is date your son.' We've been laughing about it. It's quite shocking."

Webb earlier told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that she first encountered McCarron on Twitter, and they met in early December when he attended the Miss Alabama USA pageant in Montgomery. The two visited over the holidays and publicly confirmed their romance right before the New Year.

Webb's pageant biography says she was born in Montgomery and grew up in Phenix City. Webb worked for Chick-fil-A as a training director in Columbus, Ga., before moving to Los Angeles to pursue modeling. She finished in the top 10 in the national pageant.

Bonner said Webb is considering moving back to Alabama to be with the quarterback.

Before Monday's game, Webb tweeted a photo of herself wearing a jersey with McCarron's number, her arms wrapped around the quarterback.

Early Tuesday, Webb posted her first tweet to her new followers: "So extremely blessed... (at)10AJMcCarron. Congrats to Alabama and making history! (hash)BCSChamps."

Webb called the experience fun and said she doesn't think McCarron minds the attention on her.

But when Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett tweeted Webb his telephone number and suggested they meet after the game, McCarron responded, telling Dockett, "(hash)betterkeepdreaming like the rest of these dudes."

Comments

kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

why aren't we being shown a picture of the Notre Dame QB's girlfriend? One-sided reporting anyone?

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Why_not 1 year, 3 months ago

Kevin, the picture is at the top left of the page. I could even enlarge it....stupid.

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jack 1 year, 3 months ago

In all fairness, Kevin was asking about the Notre Dame quarterback's girlfriend; the picture above is of the Alabama quarterback's girlfriend.

If you're going to pick at low-hanging fruit, make sure it's ripe.

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Why_not 1 year, 3 months ago

As bad as I hate to say this, looks like I owe Kevin an apology. I am just so used to his irrelevant comments that I jumped on this one and didn't read it close enough.

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dudley4141 1 year, 3 months ago

What is the big hipe about? She isn't really that pretty. There are more beautiful women in the world than her.

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Reason 1 year, 3 months ago

It was a blow-out. The TV crew was bored. The SEC Rules!

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R 1 year, 3 months ago

She really didn't need the game to be noticed, maybe she just broke the Irish concentration…

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 3 months ago

darn near killed Brent Musberger :)

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kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

He's a lousy college sports reported anyway. Best he do something else.

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earlyam 1 year, 3 months ago

Has anyone else noticed that they just met a month ago- "early December"?? So, she's been his "girlfriend" for less than a month... An Alabama Kim Kardashian in the making?!

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Award88 1 year, 3 months ago

Did she have to get through the whole o-line to sack the quarterback?

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dikpa 1 year, 3 months ago

Ok, they just met not long ago. So, whose hearts were broken for this relationship to happen? I bet there's a pissed-off dude out there who's still fuming and a cheerleader who's still wondering what happened .

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 3 months ago

As an avid football lady - Alabama and Falcons obviously most who watched this game were not football fans. I thoroughly enjoyed the "football" plays and the fact that ND was obviously highly over rated. The SEC is the dominant conference. ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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