McElroy's presence hard to ignore

Alabama senior quarterback Greg McElroy will be making a return visit to the Manning Passing Academy next week on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La.

McElroy was also a counselor a year ago at the popular camp, which is run by SEC legend Archie Manning and his two famous quarterback sons, Peyton and Eli.

Archie Manning said earlier this week that the other SEC quarterbacks scheduled to work this year's camp are LSU’s Jordan Jefferson, Ole Miss’ Nathan Stanley and Tennessee’s Matt Simms.

Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett was also originally scheduled to be there, but had to pull out because he’s still recovering from the broken bone in his foot, according to Archie Manning.

While McElroy might have been a bit of an unknown last year at the camp, he won’t be this year.

Not after leading Alabama to a 14-0 record and BCS national championship in his first year as a starter.

But even last year, Archie Manning said it was pretty obvious with the way McElroy carried himself at the camp that he had the right stuff to effectively lead the Crimson Tide. McElroy reached the final round of the accuracy competition along with former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson.

“Greg just had a great presence about him,” Archie Manning said. “I think we all had a good feeling about him coming out of that week that he was going to be fine. You never know for sure, but there was certainly a presence about him.

“And even though he didn’t have any on-the-field experience, he’d been there. They had a good team around him with a great running game, so they didn’t throw him to the wolves and didn’t have a lot of third-and-12s. He’s smart and carried himself well throughout the season.”

The college quarterbacks working the camp will arrive next Thursday and work out with Peyton and Eli Manning that first day. Then on the final day of the camp, they will participate in skills competitions.