Is Alabama's Greg McElroy A Great QB or Product of The Talent Around Him?

Joe Burgett Senior Writer IIIOctober 1, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after their 34-24 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

While watching Alabama vs Arkansas I realized something, the young junior Greg McElroy of the Alabama Crimson Tide is one of the best QBs in the SEC.

The man is undefeated as of now, dating back to High School. He has only been in 4 games this college season, but he has faced a great defense in Virginia Tech and an SEC defense in Arkansas.

He didn't do great in his first game against VT, but what QB would be ready to face that defense in the first game? Much less in his first college game? He seemed to only want to throw to fabulous sophomore Wide-Out Julio Jones in the first half of that game.

But in the second half, he realized the errors from the first and came back better than anyone thought he would. It shows resilience and the never give up attitude. McElroy and Alabama could easily have started going south, but that was not going to happen on McElroy's watch.

He single handedly managed the game better than the defense of VT thought he could, and Bama ended up winning. He just dominated like many thought he would over FIU and North Texas.

As a matter of fact, the points they scored against NT where the highest in Bryant Denny history.

But, despite how well he has played, he seems to be over shadowed by the wonderful Alabama running backs. They are the only team in the nation that has four running backs getting at least 5 to 7 carries a game each.

Every one of them can be the feature back or starter for the team, but Coach Nick Saban prefers to start Ingram but keep everyone in the running back rotation involved. We are seeing a great freshman in Trent Richardson running all over people, yet he is the number two guy.

Then you have Terry Grant and Roy Upchurch who can both run over and run around you. Upchurch actually prefers to hit the Corners and safeties. It seems like getting high for him.

The backs play so well every game that people forget that there is something called a Quarterback who can do more than hand off the ball to the backs, he can actually throw it to a few people.

The problem coming into this season was that Bama didn't have a number two guy in the receiving core. We all knew Julio Jones would be the number one, but it was uncertain if a guy like Hanks or Maze could be the number two guy.

But both Maze and Hanks have stepped up, and Maze looks to be that number two guy Bama has needed.

Maze reminds me so much of a Tide alumni by the name of Tyrone Prothro. See, Prothro was a guy who could return punts and kick-offs, run the ball in the back field and so much more. However, he was best at the receiving position.

He could go up the middle and go deep, because he had to much speed it was impossible to catch up with him. Many thought that he was going to play NFL ball, but an injury to his foot ended it all.

He lost the one thing that separated him from many others, his legs. No one could catch him before, but even though he had great hands he was unable to come back, which ended his football career at Alabama.

Hopefully Maze will not experience the same thing Prothro did, but it is certain that he could be just as good. He is young and has all the speed in the world, but one that Prothro had that Maze doesn't have right now is great hands.

Maze can catch the ball of course, but he doesn't catch everything thrown to him well. I have seen passes that have thrown to him well, and Maze drops them a lot. He seems to be able to catch the deep ball, but he needs more to his game than just streaking down the field, which I feel he is working on and will improve.

Jones looks to be the unstoppable possession receiver at Bama, and if it takes 10 guys to bring him down every game like it did against Arkansas, teams will have trouble against this team.

But the man getting them the ball in McElroy. He has to much talent around him, but is he a product of that?

I personally think it is a yes and no here. Of course he has a lot of talent around him, you'd have to be blind not to know this. But the fact that he is getting the ball to them well almost every time makes him a great QB.

If he gets pressured and fumbles or throws interceptions a lot, the talented wide-outs are never going to get a chance to show everyone what they can do. So, McElroy is leading this team well and taking care of the ball, which is every coaches dream.

Saban is happy to see his young QB play well, and he has been on his game since that second half againt Va Tech. I think the talent around him is helping him a lot, but the fact is that he is controlling this offense.

Without McElroy this team may not be as good as they are right now. So, it is obvious McElroy is a great QB, and he still has time to be better.