Countdown to kickoff: 39

July, 24, 2012
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 39 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

Greg McElroy came to the University of Alabama as an unheralded quarterback out of Southlake, Texas. Sure, he won a lot of games in one of the toughest areas to play high school football in the country, but could he play the position in the SEC?

As it turns out, the winning trait didn't go away when McElroy came to Tuscaloosa. The cerebral passer ended his career with 39 touchdown passes, placing him third on the all-time list behind John Parker Wilson and Brodie Croyle. And McElroy did what those two couldn't -- win. McElroy lost just two games from 2009-10 and led the Tide to their 13th national championship.

McElroy completed 66 percent of passes in his career and threw for 5,691 yards. His total passing yards were good enough to place him fourth on the all-time list at Alabama behind Wilson, Croyle and Andrew Zow.

Career touchdowns leaders:
1. John Parker Wilson: 47
2. Brodie Croyl: 41
3. Greg McElroy: 39
4. Mike Shula: 35
5. Andrew Zow: 35
?. AJ McCarron: 16 and counting

Career passing yards leaders:
1. John Parker Wilson: 7,924
2. Brodie Croyle: 6,382
3. Andrew Zow: 6,983
4. Greg McElroy: 5,691
5. Jay Barker: 5,689
?. AJ McCarron: 2,634 and counting


If McCarron stays through his senior year and maintains his current pace, he would finish No. 1 all-time at Alabama in passing touchdowns (48) and No. 2 in passing yards (7,902).

Where will McCarron end up on the all-time touchdowns and passing yards list? Talk about it insider The Tusk.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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