Bama backup quarterback transferring to Toledo

Bama backup quarterback transferring to Toledo

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith six scholarship quarterbacks on campus, including two early enrollees, it was only a matter of time before one of them decided to leave.

Phillip Ely (12) watches A.J.  McCarron throw a pass during spring practice.

Phillip Ely (12) watches A.J. McCarron throw a pass during spring practice.

On Wednesday, rising sophomore Phillip Ely posted on Twitter that he will transfer to Toledo.

“Ready to make a change in my life for the better and I thank everyone who has supported me through this process. Go Rockets!” (2Phillip_Ely12).

His father, Bruce Ely, later confirmed the news to al.com.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Ely was Alabama’s only quarterback signee in the 2011 class and redshirted that year. Last season, he saw action in six games, completing 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

But this spring, redshirt freshman appeared to Alec Morris move ahead of Ely in the battle with fourth-year junior Blake Sims to be A.J. McCarron’s No. 2, and Ely decided to look for a fresh start.

“Now he’s not going to be out there with six or eight or 10 quarterbacks running around,” Bruce Ely told al.com.

Bruce Ely said his son also considered Ohio State, Illinois and Boston College as possible transfer destinations, but he liked Toledo’s no-huddle, spread offense.

“He was used to running the ball in high school, which is something he didn’t do at Alabama,” Bruce Ely said.

A 3-star recruit out of Tampa (Fla.) Plant High, he originally chose Bama over Clemson, Wake Forest, LSU and Ole Miss.

Photo credit: AP

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