Saturday’s showdown is a rematch of last year’s Southeastern Conference championship game. Unbeaten Florida was led by Heisman Trophy quarterback Tim Tebow while undefeated Alabama banked on Ingram. But McElroy was named the game’s most valuable player after throwing for 239 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s 32-13 victory.
“He’s obviously the best quarterback in the business right now,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “People will probably pick apart his throwing motion or something like that, but he’s a guy we would evaluate very high — his competitiveness, his leadership, his toughness, and his intelligence far above anything else.”