2012 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Has earned playing time as the backup quarterback in six games, completing 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Arkansas: Connected on two of his three attempts for 15 yards. Mississippi State: Threw his first career touchdown on a 27-yard pass, his only attempt of the game.
2011 (REDSHIRT): He redshirted during his first year with the Crimson Tide.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ely was the Crimson Tide's lone quarterback commitment in the 2011 signing class ... U.S. Army All-American ... ranked as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 48 player in the state of Florida ... No. 40 quarterback by ESPNU and the No. 41 QB by Scout.com ... ranked as the 69th player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine ... No. 107 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 77 on The Orlando Sentinel Top 100 players in Florida ... threw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2010 for Plant High School while completing 64.3 percent of his passes and leading his team to the state championship game ... As a junior in 2010, he led Plant to the Florida 5A State title while throwing for 1,860 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning 5A honorable mention All-State honors ... also led his team to a state championship as a sophomore in 2008 ... chose Alabama over LSU, Clemson, Mississippi, Wake Forest and Rutgers.