KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy said “probably none” of the Vols who played in the Orange and White Game on Saturday would start for the Crimson Tide.
“Frankly there’s not really a guy on this team right now that is in the upper echelon, that is a known commodity,” McElroy said during the SEC Network broadcast of Tennessee’s Orange and White Game on Saturday.
“Now, in the next four months, they might develop into that,” said McElroy, who played for Alabama from 2007-10. “There’s several guys in this program that were recruited by everybody but the lack of development over the last couple of years, the fact that they got on campus and they haven’t yet reached their potential is somewhat alarming.”
McElroy, the 2009 SEC Championship Game MVP en route to the national championship, had a 2-year NFL career with the New York Jets and has evolved into one of the top college analysts.
The one Tennessee player McElroy said he believes perhaps could start for Alabama is Trey Smith, who grew up a Crimson Tide fan in Jackson, Tenn., before being persuaded by Butch Jones to play for the Vols.
“If I had to say, I’d say probably none [could start for Alabama] outside of maybe Trey Smith, who is not participating in the game and didn’t participate all spring,” McElroy said. “He’s one of the best offensive linemen in the country heading into his sophomore year.”
Smith is dealing with a non-orthopedic medical condition that prevented him from any contact this spring and coaches are hoping he can return this fall.
Smith, an FWAA Freshman All-American, was the only Tennessee player to earn All-SEC honors last season, a second-team pick.