Greg McElroy says it's 'back to the drawing board' for Alabama
Greg McElroy provided some feedback after Alabama’s loss to Texas in Week 2 during the Always College Football show.
Alabama’s 34-24 defeat to Texas was its first against the Longhorns since 1982. Alabama dropped to No. 10 in the AP poll as a result.
The ESPN analyst believes Alabama will need to shore up multiple areas heading into Week 3 at South Florida, including at the quarterback position.
Sophomore Jalen Milroe completed 14 of his 27 passes for 255 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.
“As far as Alabama is concerned, back to the drawing board,” McElroy said. “Talked all offseason about Jalen Milroe. Does he see the field? Are turnovers going to potentially be a problem? They were obviously last night.”
However, McElroy isn’t placing the entire blame on Milroe, also citing issues with the offensive line and receivers.
“I didn’t think they adequately controlled the line of scrimmage offensively, which is a testament to Texas’ defensive front. I didn’t think the receivers created great separation,” McElroy said. “I also think at this point, if they’re not capable of really running the football and they get behind the sticks and they have penalties, it’s not a team right now that can just churn and burn on a 3rd-and-12.
McElroy conceded that Texas had a massive talent advantage over Alabama that factored into the final score.
“To be honest with you, Texas has better personnel than what I saw from Alabama,” McElroy said. “..At several different positions.”
However, McElroy isn’t waving the white flag on the Crimson Tide’s season.
“I think Bama can still win a lot of games this year. I think they’ll still be fine,” McElroy said. “They’ve got to clean up the penalties, they’ve got to clean up the turnovers, and they can’t give up explosive plays.”