The Crimson Tide rallied for 24-20 victory at DWR Razorback Stadium
OUTLOOK: Greg McElroy's leadership and experience earned him the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback job in 2009, but his poise under fire and winning mentality were key in leading Alabama to the school's 13th national championship ... was the MVP of the 2009 SEC Championship Game ... has played in 35 games in his UA career, making 27 starts, completing 436-of-658 (66.3percent) passes for 5,691 yards and 39 touchdowns ... a cerebral quarterback with excellent football knowledge and all of the intangibles wanted in a starting quarterback ... 2010 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and first-team Academic All-American ... 2010 NCAA Top VIII honoree ... finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup ... finished his career with a 24-3 record as a starting quarterback at Alabama for an .889 winning percentage ... threw just 10 interceptions in 658 career attempts or for one every 65.8 attempts, which is the best mark in school and SEC history ... finished sixth in career pass attempts (658), third in career completions (436), first in completion percentage (66.3), fourth in yards (5,691) and third in touchdowns (39) ... was named the winner of the Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete Award by Playboy, whowill donate $5,000 to the University of Alabama's general scholarship fund in McElroy's name ,,, shared the 2009 Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award by throwing for 189 yards and two touchdowns ... won the 2009 Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award following spring drills ... a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection ... won the 2010 Paul W. Bryant Student-Athlete Award, which honors a student-athlete for academic, athletic and community achievements ... graduated in the summer of 2009 with 3.86 grade-point average in business marketing, completing his undergraduate degree in just three years ... finished his master's degree in sports administration in December of 2010 with a perfect 4.0 gpa ... was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.
2010 (SENIOR): McElroy was outstanding as a senior for the Crimson Tide ... 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). San Jose State: Completed 81.3 percent of his passes (13 of 16) for 218 yards ...tossed one touchdown on a 48-yard strike to Marquis Maze in a 48-3 win. Penn State: Was 16-for-24 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-3 win over the Big Ten's Nittany Lions ... found Kevin Norwood on a 36-yard catch and run and then precisely placed a 14-yard pass to Preston Dial in the end zone for his second score, just over the defenders outstretched fingers. Duke: Carved through the Blue Devil defense with ease, accounting for 258 yards through the air and three first-half touchdown passes ... a nine-yard throw to Darius Hanks on the first possession, an 18-yard bullet to Julio Jones and then a 15-yard toss to Dial ... completed 70 percent of his passes but did throw his first interception of the year, snapping a string of 149 in a row dating back to the LSU game last season. Arkansas: Threw for 194 yards on 18-of-26 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions ... was 4 for 4 in the second half on third down for 44 yards and four first downs ... had five completions of 15 yards or more. Florida: Completed 11-of-17 passes for 84 yards with no turnovers ... ran seven times for 33 yards (including two sacks for minus-2 yards) with a long of 17 yards ... improved to 2-0 against Florida. South Carolina: Threw for a career-high 315 yards on 27-of-34 passing with two touchdowns ... had a passer efficiency rating of 176.65 ... had a long of 51 yards on a scoring strike to Darius Hanks ... completed 79.4 percent of his passes against the Gamecocks, which is the second-best single-season mark in school history for a quarterback completing at least 20 passes ... spread the ball around to eight different receivers. Mississippi: Completed five throws of 15 yards or more including a career-best 85-yard completion to Trent Richardson in the third quarter that sealed the win for the Tide ... threw for 219 yards while completing 68 percent of his passes with two touchdowns for a passer efficiency of 167.98. Tennessee: Threw for 264 yards on 21-of-32 passing ... completed his fourth staright game without an interception ... compeleted three throws of 35 yards or more ... found Julio Jones 12 times for a school-record 221 yards. LSU: Completed 21 of 34 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns ... was intercepted once on a deflected pass ... found Julio Jones 10 times for 89 yards. Mississippi State: Threw two touchdown passes against the Bulldogs, completing strikes for 78 yards to Mark Ingram and 45 yards to Maze ... finished 12-of-18 passing for 227 yards with on interception. Georgia State: Completed 12-of-13 passes with the only incompletion a drop ... threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns ... surpassed the 5,000-yard mark for his career. Auburn: Completed a career-high 27 passes for another career-best 377 yards against the Tigers ... completed 73 percent of his passes vs. AU with two touchdowns and no interceptions ... the 377 yards was the fourth-highest single-game total in school history ... his two touchdown passes also set the single-season record with 19. Michigan State: Led Alabama to its 24th win in two years with McElroy under center ... threw for 220 yards and one touchdown on 13-of-17 passing in the 49-7 victory over the Spartans in the Capital One Bowl ... did not throw an interception for the fourth straight game and finished with 116 consecutive attempts without a pick.
2009 (JUNIOR): 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 ... set a new Alabama record for consecutive completions against Florida International by connecting on 14 straight passes ... followed that against North Texas by tying the school mark for highest completion percentage in a game with a minimum of 10 completions, going 13 for 15 (86.7 percent) ... finished 28th nationally and fourth in the SEC in passing efficiency at 140.55 ... completed 46 passes of 16 or more yards on the season ... also had one rushing touchdown. Virginia Tech: Found his groove in the second half, completing 9-of-12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown ... finished the game with 230 yards on 15-of-30 passing, one touchdown and one interception ... also rushed for 28 yards ... completed two passes of 35 yards or more. Florida International: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown and set the school record in the process by completing 14 consecutive passes ... was named the offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his performance. North Texas: Carved up the Mean Green defense in just over a half of play, going 13 for 15 for 176 yards and two touchdowns ... tied the school record for highest completion percentage in a game (minimum of 10 completions) to equal Walter Lewis' 1983 performance against Mississippi ... named the offensive player of the week by the UA coaching staff. Arkansas: Connected on three plays of 30 yards or more, including an 80-yard touchdown strike to Marquis Maze (the sixth longest in school history) and a 50-yard touchdown to Julio Jones ... completed 17-of-24 passes for a career-high 291 yards and a career-best three touchdowns ... went 9 for 9 for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the second half ... completed his final 10 attempts against the Razorbacks. Kentucky: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions ... found tight end Colin Peek on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then hooked up with Darius Hanks on a 7-yard strike in the third quarter. Mississippi: Connected on 15-of-34 passes for 147 yards with a long of 16 yards to Marquis Maze ... did not throw an interception to extend his streak ... guided the Crimson Tide to 22 points and 354 yards of total offense. South Carolina: Completed 10-of-20 passes for 92 yards ... threw two interceptions ... long rush went for six yards ... long completion was a 22-yard pass play to Mark Ingram. Tennessee: Got back on track by completing 62 percent of his passes, including a season-high seven to wide receiver Julio Jones ... passed for 120 yards and did not throw an interception ... ran three times for 22 yards with a long run of 12 yards ... was not sacked ... completed 18-of-29 passes. LSU: Produced 276 yards passing and two touchdowns ... completed 19-of-34 passes with one interception ... also rushed for 21 yards with a long rush of 11 yards on a quarterback draw that netted a first down ... completed his second-longest pass of the season with a 73-yard touchdown connection with Julio Jones. Mississippi State: Turned in his most efficient game since early in the season, hitting on 72.2 percent of his passes (13 for 18) for 192 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions ... both touchdown passes were of the long-distance variety, connecting on a 45-yard strike to Hanks and a 48-yard missile to Jones ... finished with a quarterback rating of 198.49 ... also rushed four times for 30 yards, including a season-long 16-yard run for a first down. Chattanooga: Was efficient in limited playing time as the Tide rolled to a 45-0 win and a 35-0 halftime lead ... completed 6-of-11 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown on a 19-yard strike to Jones ... also connected on a game-long 44-yard pass play to Jones ... ran two times for eight yards. Auburn: Produced the best drive of collegiate career, engineering a 15-play, 79-yard drive in the fourth quarter that consumed 7:03 ... completed the drive by hooking up with Roy Upchurch for a 4-yard touchdown pass on third down ... completed 7-of-8 passes on the drive for 63 yards, while converting three third down throws ... finished with 218 yards on 21-of-31 passing and two touchdowns ... also found Peek on a 33-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. Florida: Named the Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game ... led the Tide to a 32-13 victory and their 22nd SEC Championship ... threw for 239 yards on 12-of-18 passing ... connected on one touchdown pass, hitting Colin Peek in stride for a 17-yard strike in the third quater ... his long play was a 69-yard hookup with Mark Ingram on a second-quarter screen play that setup a touchdown ... had two acrobatic runs that either moved the chains up setup a Tide first down ... had five explosive passes of 16 yards or more. Texas: Battled through the pain of two cracked ribs to complete 6-of-11 passes for 58 yards and no interceptions as the Crimson Tide rushed for 205 yards ... won his 14th consecutive start at Alabama and the 30th straight of his high school and college career.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): McElroy saw action in six games ... threw for 123 yards on 8-of-11 passing with one touchdown vs. Auburn and one interception ... completed 72.7 percent of his passes for a 178.47 quarterback rating ... 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. Western Kentucky: McElroy completed 4-of-6 passes for 61 yards ... connected with Terry Grant for a 22-yard gain and then hit Darius Hanks for 18 yards and Will Oakley for 13 yards. Arkansas: He misfired on his only pass attempt of the day and it was intercepted. Tennessee: He saw action in the final minute of the game against the Volunteers as the Crimson Tide ran out the clock on the ground. Arkansas State: McElroy came in on the final drive as Alabama completed a 35-0 shutout of the Red Wolves. Mississippi State: McElroy completed both pass attempts in the Tide's final drive of the game for 18 yards ... both passes went for nine yards and both came on third down. Auburn: He connected on both of his passes in the fourth quarter for 44 yards ... found Marquis Maze on a 34-yard go route with 2:49 remaining vs. the Tigers for a touchdown ... the 34-yard pass play was the longest of his career.
2007 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): He saw time in wins over Western Carolina and Tennessee ... completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, all against WCU ... first career touchdown pass was a 1-yard pass to tight end Nick Walker in the third quarter of the Western Carolina game.
2006 (REDSHIRT): Redshirted his initial season of eligibility.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He starred for national high school power Southlake Carroll High School in Texas ... took over as a starter in his senior season after playing behind Chase Daniel, the 2004 National High School Player of the Year who went on to star at Missouri ... racked up 4,687 yards with 56 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in his one year as a starter ... the 56 touchdowns set a new Texas high school record ... led his team to the Texas Class 5A state title, the team's third in four seasons, and a mythical high school national championship in 2005 ... named Offensive Player of the Year in Texas ... completed 321-of-450 pass attempts and ran for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... completed 21-of-31 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns en route to MVP honors in the state championship win over Katy.