I said that if I could have Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in the backfield and Julio Jones at receiver, I’d gladly take McElroy. After all, that combination worked just fine last season. The Crimson Tide went 14-0 and won a national championship.
Let’s not forget, either, that McElroy is 30-0 as a starting quarterback going back to his senior year of high school in Texas. There’s something to be said for winning that many games in a row … at any level.
I’d say he’s proven his toughness as well after playing in the BCS National Championship Game last season with cracked ribs.
That said, I think I would still take Brantley if I were in the Gators’ position this fall. While he’s yet to prove himself on an SEC stage, he’s shown off his strong right arm the past two springs and can really throw the football.