April 24, 2007

Spring Review: Depth growing at QB

The Players: 14 John Parker Wilson, 17 Greg McElroy, 15 Jimmy Barnes*
* Denotes injured player

Spring scrimmage stats: In Alabama's three controlled scrimmages, Wilson completed 40 of 94 passes with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. McElroy completed 40 of 81 passing attempts in the Tide's three scrimmages, scoring 1 touchdown and throwing 2 interceptions. Barnes did not participate in any of the Tide's scrimmages as he recovered from knee surgery.

2006 Season: Wilson: started 13 games, 216 of 379 for 2707 yards, 83 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns, 10 interceptions; Barnes: played in one game, 6 of 11 for 45 yards, 1 touchdown; McElroy: redshirted in 2006

Good to see: For the first time in several years, the Crimson Tide entered spring practice with a healthy returning starter at quarterback. Wilson headed into spring drills with his mind set on absorbing his new offense and using his experience in his first year as an SEC quarterback to improve his game and by all accounts, those missions were apparently accomplished this spring.

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