McElroy looks like the guy at Alabama

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The only real suspense for Alabama's A-Day spring game is whether they can cram 90,000-plus fans into Bryant-Denny Stadium again.

Any drama surrounding the quarterback battle is lessening by the day. Junior Greg McElroy will quarterback the first-team offense as part of the Crimson team. Redshirt freshman Star Jackson and sophomore Thomas Darrah will be the quarterbacks for the second-team offense as part of the White team.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says McElroy is clearly out in front, but Saban stops short of calling McElroy the starter.

"The leadership, the anticipation, the understanding ... that's helped [McElroy] perform a little bit better than the other two guys who don't have some of those resources, at least right now," Saban said. "We want to continue to develop those guys, and we want [McElroy] to continue to improve as well."

Clearly Saban has been pleased with what McElroy has accomplished this spring and has repeated several times that McElroy's understanding and management of the offense has been what's set him apart.

Asked to name a surprise this spring, Saban mentioned sophomore safety Robby Green, who's taking over for Rashad Johnson, on defense and McElroy on offense.

"Greg McElroy has done a really, really good job," Saban said. "Not surprising to me, but maybe surprising to some people."