Alabama QB Phillip Ely transferring to Toledo
As a freshman in 2012, Ely served as the backup to long-time starter A.J. McCarron, who returns as a fifth-year senior for the Tide this fall. But junior Blake Sims seemed to have emerged this offseason to replace Ely as the No. 2, which could have played a part in his decision.
"I've learned so much that I can take with me from my time at Alabama," Ely said. "I was a part of a great team. It only betters myself. It's made me who I am. I can take what I've learned and use it at Toledo."
Ely is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound Pro-Style quarterback with great poise in the pocket and has the ability to make smart decisions and accurate passes from short- to mid-range. He's a lot like McCarron was coming out of high school, with great leaderships skills and consistency, but has a lot of room to develop and grow as a field general.
According to 247Sports Composite, Ely ranked as the No. 17 overall Pro-Style QB for the class of 2011. He threw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior at Plant High School in Tampa (Fla.), completing 64.3 percent of his passes while leading his team to the state championship game.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Ely will have to sit out the upcoming season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining from 2014-15. At this point, he will likely vie with Dwight Macon and Brian Blackburn for the starting spot.
Ely was 3-of-4 for 42 yards and a touchdown in his only year as a member of the Crimson Tide.
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