Scrimmage Report On Quarterbacks

Greg McElroy has the most experience and the most confidence of the Alabama quarterbacks. That has been evident throughout spring football practice, which is at approximately the halfway point. And it was particularly true as the Crimson Tide had its first scrimmage Wednesday.



Alabama Coach Nick Saban took his team to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the scrimmage, which included some 125 plays including drills in red zone, goal line and two-minute situations. The Crimson Tide coach seemed to be pleased with the results.

He was particularly complimentary of Greg McElroy, the upcoming junior who has been Alabama's back-up quarterback the past three years. McElroy played with the first offense against the second defense and completed 22 of 33 passes for 214 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

McElroy's touchdown passes were 21 yards to Mike McCoy, 10 yards to Julio Jones, and two to tight end Colin Peek (15 yards and four yards).

"Greg McElroy did really well," Saban said. "He has experience and confidence. He demonstrated leadership and game management."

The coach said, "Right now Greg is ahead of everyone (at quarterback). He has more experience and more knowledge. That's an advantage, and he's ahead.

"Greg has done the best in practice each day and he did the best job in the scrimmage."

Saban pointed out that statistics aren't as important as execution. "It's who's playing against who," he said.

The quarterbacks behind McElroy, walk-on Thomas Darrah and redshirt freshman Star Jackson—will get there, Saban predicted. "From the standpoint of experience and confidence, that's going to come," Saban said. "Until that happens, there's no reason for judgment. I'm encouraged by the ability they have. They are going to get better."

Darrah completed 10 of 20 passes for 81 yards and suffered three interceptions. Jackson completed 6-16 for 25 yards with one interception.

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