Former Alabama quarterback speaks at Wiregrass alumni event

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The man who lead the Crimson Tide to their 2009 national championship was in Dothan on Wednesday.

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy was in town speaking to alumni.

The former national championship and NFL quarterback and now ESPN football analyst spoke at Bama Day for the Houston and Henry County Alumni Chapter.

The annual event helps set aside money for scholarships for students from Houston and Henry County.

McElroy said he’s excited to see how the Crimson Tide replaces standout offensive players they lost last season.

Sophomore quarterback Bryce Young will take over for first round pick Mac Jones.

McElroy has experienced the pressure Young is under first hand.

“It’s not like he came to Alabama and all the sudden they’re an upstart program and all the sudden they’re great,” McElroy said. “He came here with the expectation that when he did get his opportunity to compete for the starting job. He knew if he won that starting job there was going to be a lot of pressure. He has the talent, he has the skill set, he has the pedigree so I think all of us would be highly surprised if he didn’t go out and play extremely well in week one and beyond.”

Alabama will take on Miami in the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game in Atlanta on Sept. 4.

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