- Redshirts at Alabama.
- Keep in mind this was after only one year of starting football in high school.
- He saw time in wins over Western Carolina and Tennessee
- completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, all against WCU
- was honored with the Commitment to Academic Excellence Award for his achievement in his academic endeavors
- earned Academic All-SEC honors during the fall of 2008
- didnt start, stats aren’t really worth noting
2009 (theres so many good stats on this guy but I’m not going to get all of it….Link)
- He proved to be a winner and the leader of the Crimson Tide’s offense during his first season under center
- started all 14 games, finishing with 2,508 yards passing, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes
- those totals rank among the best in school history
- finished with the lowest interception percentage in school history and the second-lowest in SEC history, throwing an interception only once every 81.25 pass attempts (only 1.2 percent of his attempts were intercepted)
- was second on the school charts with 17 passing touchdowns, third in passing yards (2,508), fourth in completion percentage (60.9 percent, minimum of 100 completions), fifth in completions (198) and sixth in attempts (325)
- did not throw an interception over his final 98 passes of the season, dating back to the second quarter of the LSU game
- had his string of 141 pass attempts without an interception (the third-longest streak in school history) ended on the first pass of the South Carolina game
2010 (the year after the National Championship victory over Texas)
- a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship
- named the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and a first-team Academic All-American
- winner of a NCAA Top VII Award and a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup
- ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency entering the bowl game and finished with a efficiency rating of 168.98
- set the single-season passing record with 2,987 yards and a school-record 20 touchdowns while throwing just five interceptions in 313 attempts
- completed 70.9 percent (222 for 313) of his passes with 66 throws of 15-yards or more on 222 completions
- averaged 229.8 yards per game through the air
- did not throw an interception in his final 116 career attempts
- a member of the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award
- was a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award
- finished his Alabama career with has name littered throughout the Crimson Tide record book
- finished seventh in career attempts (658), fourth in career completions (436), first in career completion percentage (66.3), fourth in passing yards (5,691) and third in passing touchdowns (39).
So again, why are we ignoring this guy?
I wrote an article yesterday ranking my top-QB prospects and at the end I wrote that he wasn’t included due to me not researching him yet. Now, I don’t want to edit the rankings, but he is worth paying attention to.
It just so happens that the 2010 National Championship game vs Texas was on last night. I was able to watch about halfway through the third quarter to the end of the game. I came away with this: McElroy barely affected the game.
Two things can be derived from this: 1) They didn’t need him to with both Mark Ingram (fresh off Heisman victory) and Trent Richardson running the ball and 2) They knew he couldn’t.
I don’t mean to say that #2 is correct, just that it can be derived. Was he able? Apparently, did you see the stats? You don’t accidentally do that, especially in the SEC! McElroy more than likely ran the offense exactly how Head Coach Nick Saban wanted. Run the ball, only convert 3rd downs through passing and don’t mess up. The few times he passed, there was hardly any opening. The WR’s were not getting open, which worries me about WR Julio Jones (another top prospect in 2011). I did, however, notice that Texas CB Aaron Williams made an OUTSTANDING play batting the ball away from a McElroy throw. It was a good throw and the receiver pulled one of those “I’ll wait for it to get here.”‘s. Williams went and found it and batted it away.
So, let’s keep looking on McElroy and maybe learn some more.