Alabama News & Notes for Tuesday afternoon

Greg McElroy has a history of handling the enormous expectations on a starting quarterback. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach featured the Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback in a piece published today.

According to North Texas coach Todd Dodge, “Greg was playing a position where the last two starters had been named state player of the year. He was able to handle those expectations. There’s something to be said for being patient. He had to be patient at the high school level and college level. It’s paid off for him.”

Schlabach provides even more details on McElroy, “In his first start for Southlake Carroll, McElroy threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a victory at Midland Lee. He played the game with a fractured right collarbone, an injury he had suffered in practice a week earlier. McElroy’s first start was broadcast on statewide TV. More than 10,000 Dragons fans made a five-hour drive to attend the game.”

It looks like McElroy is tough too.

Speaking of tough, Chris Low talks about Julio Jones recent surgery. Low praises Jones for his ability to play while hurt. He also praises the Crimson Tide receiver’s attitude. Low writes, “For a guy who received all sorts of hype coming out of high school, Jones was anything but a prima donna. Rather, he was a throwback, somebody who competed the same way every time he hit the field and wasn’t affected by all the glowing things said and written about him. He was branded as a star before he ever set foot on Alabama’s campus and played like a star.”

Pictures worth viewing
SportsbyBrooks provides several Jessica Simpson photographs that are worth viewing.

Stadium expansion should be ready by 2010 Penn St. game
The Rap Sheet provides an update on the Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion. It should be ready for the 2010 game against Penn State.