A Look Ahead to Alabama: The Quarterbacks

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Virginia Tech has a huge football game on September 5 against Alabama in the
Georgia Dome. This will be the most hyped college football game during the
offseason, and ESPN will cover it heavily in the days leading up to the event.
Both teams will likely be in the preseason Top 10, and the Crimson Tide could
even begin the year in the Top 5. It’s never too early to start previewing such
a big game, and today we’ll take a look at Alabama’s quarterback situation.

Alabama’s quarterback situation is similar to Virginia Tech’s, and in some
ways worse. The Tide lost starter John Parker Wilson, and no other quarterback
on the roster has any starting experience. In fact, projected starter Greg
McElroy didn’t even get a lot of playing experience in high school.

Greg McElroy (6-2, 220, r-Jr.)

Greg McElroy knows what it’s like to be a backup quarterback. He spent the
last two seasons as John Parker Wilson’s primary backup. In high school he
didn’t start until his senior season because he was playing behind future
Missouri quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel.

McElroy stepped right in as a senior in high school and a first-year starter,
completing 321-of-450 passes for 4,687 yards. He threw a Texas high school
record 56 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. McElroy played for powerhouse
Southwest Carroll High School, which was the ranked #1 in the country by USA
Today in 2004.

Despite his lack of starting experience, McElroy still had a lot of
recruiting attention before he even started his first game in high school. He
drove all over the country attending camps to get his name out, even camping as
far away as UNC. At one point he was verbally committed to Texas Tech, but once
he got the Alabama offer it was clear where he was going to school.

McElroy is obviously a pure passer, but he also ran for over 700 yards and 12
touchdowns as a senior in high school. He can escape pressure, though he’s not
going to burn you with his feet.

McElroy has had a solid spring, though he needs to cut down on his