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

Phillip Ely Considering Transfer From Alabama Crimson Tide

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.

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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.