Greg McElroy is new to the media life. The former Alabama quarterback retired from a short three-year NFL career in March and was then signed as an analyst for the new SEC Network about a week later. It appears that the former national champion already has the unbiased aspect of journalism down well, though.
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During a radio interview Tuesday, McElroy was asked about what he expects to happen in the SEC this upcoming fall. Surprisingly to some, the former Crimson Tide player claimed a school that was a bitter rival for him during his playing days as the conference’s favorite.
“Once quarterback situations are established at LSU, at Alabama — and Ole Miss is also kind of a scary team out in the West as well,” McElroy said. “Bo Wallace comes back and some of the things they were able to do. The West is wide open and it’s difficult, but I definitely think the Auburn Tigers are the favorite.”
Most would agree with McElroy, just not fans of his alma mater. LSU has to replace two-year starter Zach Mettenberger. Alabama has to replace two-time national champion and three-year starter A.J. McCarron. Auburn, though, brings back the starter from its 2013 SEC champion team, Nick Marshall.
Add in the Gus Malzahn factor, and the Tigers seem primed for another run at a conference crown, McElroy thinks.
“I think he’s the most innovative play-caller in college football,” McElroy said of Malzahn. “I think he’s a tremendous football coach and he’s had a lot of success over the course of his career and what they did last year was really special, so I think they are the frontrunners without question at this point.”