McElroy out to improve Tide's timing

Alabama QB Greg McElroy talks with members of the media at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. on Wednesday. (AP photo)

Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Greg McElroy is on a never-ending quest to better himself.

Sure, he's 14-0 as the starting quarterback at Alabama and he's got an SEC and national championship ring to show off, but that's not enough. He wants his senior year to be about improving as a football player, while keeping that unbeaten record intact.

To help, McElroy sought advice from one of the best in the sport. For the last couple of weeks, McElroy had the privilege of hanging out with Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The future NFL Hall of Famer told McElroy that in order to keep his success churning, timing has got to become an obsession.

"That is so important for a guy that’s not going to be able to throw it through a brick wall," McElroy said.

McElroy has worked constantly on trying to get the ball out of his hand as fast as possible. He's studied endless film, learning how his players move and how defenses operate. But the thing that's helped the most is actually getting together with his receivers to work on plays.

Timing has truly turned into an obsession for him and his receivers, with the objective of having one of the nation's most exciting offenses.

"We want to be in the upper echelon of having explosive plays," he said.

But McElroy's summer hasn't been all about football. The senior finished his second draft of the essay he's submitting to become a Rhodes Scholar and study at Oxford University in England. The 1,000-word essay on his intellectual journey from childhood to well into his future will focus on attempting to answer the question if talent on the football field and social and academic interaction are learned or natural.

McElroy called former Florida State safety and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle on Tuesday for advice as he awaits his fate. McElroy will have his interview Nov. 20 — the Saturday before the Auburn game.

It's a dream right now for McElroy, but becoming a Rhodes Scholar could go a long way to helping him improve the lives of others once football is over.

"I just want to make a difference," he said.

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