Phillip Ely Considering Transfer From Alabama Crimson Tide

Sep 15, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Phillip Ely (12) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide backup quarterback Phillip Ely is reportedly looking to transfer from the program, despite the school winning back-to-back national championship. Ely is looking for an opportunity to start, since A.J. McCarron has a stranglehold on the starting position

What doesn’t make sense is that Ely wants a starting gig, but if he transfers, he will be forced to sit out a season. McCarron is gone after this year, so something isn’t adding up.

Regardless, according to Josh Newberg of, Ely is considering the transfer.

With a potential Ely transfer looming, there is already a favorite emerging in the sweepstakes to land his services — the South Florida Bulls, who are in his hometown of Tampa.

Entering Alabama, Ely was a three-star recruit and No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the nation. Landing him could be a major get for the USF program.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Phillip Ely

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  • djbillyd

    Well, wish him well, wherever he goes. It really doesn’t maake sense though. Unless Bateman is so good that Ely feels like he won’t beat him out either (ala-Star Jackson). Maybe Blake Sims is better than we have been lead to believe. I dunno… just kinda strange.

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