TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The big day is almost here for Greg McElroy.
It all comes down to the finalist interviews Saturday for the Alabama quarterback as he looks to become a Rhodes Scholar.
Carrying a finance book in the pocket of his hooded Crimson Tide sweatshirt, there is no time wasted cramming for the interview that could help send him to study at Oxford University in England for what is considered the most prestigious post-graduate destination.
McElroy said two winners will come out of the interviews held at a Birmingham hotel in which 14 finalists will be considered.
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“I’m trying to stay up to date in world affairs and current events,” McElroy said. “Obviously, being well-rounded is such an important part of being a Rhodes Scholar. I’ve tried my hardest to know what’s going on both in the U.K. and obviously abroad as well as things going on economically all over the world.”
The finalists will learn their fate by the end of Saturday’s interviews and recalls.
“They’ll call everybody in and tell them as you pretty much sit around a big table who is a Rhodes Scholar and who is not,” McElroy said. “That’s supposed to be a pretty uncomfortable moment but I’m looking forward to it, I guess.”
Playing a team like Georgia State on Thursday, there will be ample opportunities for backups to see serious playing time.
When running back Eddie Lacy hits the field, expect to see more than a few spin moves for which he’s becoming famous for in Alabama.
“Eddie Lacy has probably one of the best spin moves I’ve ever seen,” starter Mark Ingram said. “He knows when to spin and it’s quick, so you don’t catch him coming out of the spin and getting hit too often. Just to see how he’s grown up from first day of practice and fall camp to now is good to see.”
Lacy likes to spin so much, he has a hard time differentiating when needs to use it.
“Sometimes he does it and he doesn’t even need to spin,” Ingram said. “No, he had a great game for us on Saturday. Came in, picked up some first downs, had some big runs for us. He’s growing up.”