Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely has been named the starter for the Toledo Rockets in 2015, one year after he started the team’s first two games before tearing his ACL. The development was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
A former three-star recruit at Tampa’s Plant Senior High School, Ely was buried on the bench in Tuscaloosa, appearing in just six games in 2012, before transferring to Toledo. He threw for 583 yards and five touchdowns for the Rockets last year, but tore his ACL in the team’s second game and was replaced by Logan Woodside.
Now, it appears that Ely will be allowed to pick up right where he left off. Toledo went 9-4 (7-1 MAC) and beat Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl despite his injury, but coach Matt Campbell clearly thinks that Ely gives the Rockets the best chance to succeed in 2015.
When Toledo opens the season against the CAA’s Stony Brook Seawolves on Thursday, fans will get a chance to see just how much Ely has bounced back from his injury.
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