Senior quarterback Greg McElroy has become only the second University of Alabama athlete to be selected as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year.
McElroy earned that recognition and more on Tuesday. He was named the Academic All-American of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision by the College Sports Information Directors of American.
The only Alabama athlete to earn that honor previously was gymnast Stephanie Kite, who was also selected as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year on the At-Large Team in 2004.
McElroy and sophomore guard Barrett Jones also were first-team ESPN Academic All-American selections. Jones earned second-team honors last year. He is the third Crimson Tide player to twice be selected as an Academic All-American, joining Johnny Musso (1970-71) and Randy Hall (1973-74).
“It is a great honor,” McElroy said in a news release. “One of my goals when I came to school here was to be an Academic All-American. It is something that I set my sights on early in my career at Alabama. I am just very proud to be able to represent the University of Alabama and very honored to be selected as the Academic All-American of the Year.”
McElroy, who is 23-2 as a starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide, graduated in three years with a degree in business marketing and is finishing his graduate degree in sports admi