Star Jackson and Greg McElroy both face many challenges heading into spring practice. One of those will be beating the other out. Unlike most other spring games, this one will exert a lot of pressure on the two QBs. It will be aired by ESPN and will most likely have over 80,000 fans in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
These two QBs will be duking it out in the spring to see who will take over under center. I trust Nick Saban to make the right choice of the better QB, if not during spring, then in the fall. He will have an extremely hard choice though.
In Star Jackson you have a fairly fast QB (runs a 4.56 40), and in Greg you have a very nice passer. Jackson is not only a runner though. At the Army All-American Bowl, where Terrelle Pryor was in attendance, he was said to have the most pure touch on his passes of any of the QBs there. He is also considered a pro style QB by Rivals.com (to those who think he is changing to receiver, it will probably not happen).
His only problem will be learning the offense, where I hear he is having some trouble. So Star Jackson is more of an athletic quarterback, and not an athlete playing QB.
Greg definitely has the leg up going into spring practice. Many people say he has trouble running and possibly getting out of the pocket to extend plays. I agree, but I see a few more problems with his feet. It seems that when he is handing off he looks fine, but when going play action, he tends to start and stop and start again, which could give it away to the defense.
However, he is a very accurate passer and overall a very polished QB.
I, being 13, am looking forward to the A-Day game to observe how each QB plays. I will look for the all-around play of Star and the pocket passing play of Greg. It will be extremely fun to watch them develop as QBs over the next few years.
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