Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely is transferring to Toledo, via his Twitter account.
Ready to make a change in my life for the better and I thank everyone who has supported me through this process. Go Rockets!
— Phillip Ely (@Phillip_Ely12) May 29, 2013
Ely played sparingly last season, completing only three of four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Ely will sit out the 2013 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule, and he’ll be eligible for the two seasons at Toledo starting in 2014.
Ely was rumored to be considering a transfer after the 2012 season, but he stuck it out this spring and battled with the Tide’s slammed QB depth chart.
The Tide enter 2013 with AJ McCarron in his final season as the starter. Blake Sims and freshman early enrollee Alec Morris will be the primary backups. Morris had a great spring, and it probably played a major factor in Ely’s decision to transfer.
“I’ve learned so much that I can take with me from my time at Alabama,” Ely told CBS Sports. “I was a part of a great team. It only betters myself. It’s made me who I am. I can take what I’ve learned and use it at Toledo.”
Ely considered USF, Illinois and Vanderbilt but ultimately decided upon Toledo.
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