Bama QB Phillip Ely made the right decision to transfer to Toledo


Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely is transferring to Toledo, via his Twitter account.

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.

#MACtion anyone?

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  • There have been quite a few players transfer from Alabama in recent past, producing both good and bad results. Brandon Tyree (RB) was able to do pretty well at Pitt. Mike Ford (RB) became a starter at USF in their brief years of power. BJ Scott was a tremendous athlete that Bama could never find a place for. He went on to start at South Alabama, and was recently asked to try out for the Chicago Bears. Patrick Hanrahan was able to earn a starting spot at H-Back for Mississippi State. And former competition to AJ McCarron, Philip Sims, has seen starting appearances at Virginia. When I heard Ely was transferring, I assumed he would pick USF, being a Tampa native. I only wish him the best at Toledo.

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