When you play for Southlake (Texas) Carroll you have two goals entering the season – win district with an undefeated record and to be still practicing on Thanksgiving weekend. The first goal can obviously be accomplished by winning regular season games, and quarterback Greg McElroy said the second goal is done by winning two playoff games.
Winning is something the Dragons have become accustomed to, especially when you consider Carroll won the national championship last year. Yet both goals are rather normal for a program used to achieving great things, but that might also be a key reason for the program's success.
"All we're thinking about is taking things one game at a time," McElroy, who is 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, said. "It's not like there really is a whole lot of pressure on it. We know what's in store for us. We grew up in this program and we've been around everybody's successes and failures. We're just looking to make the most out of our chance."
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That couldn't be truer for McElroy, who inherits the reigns of the powerful Dragon program after watching talented quarterbacks before him go on to greatness. It's now his turn and the three-star quarterback ranked as the nation's No. 14 pro-style quarterback hopes to make the most of it.
He's done just that so far in two scrimmages.
In an inner-squad scrimmage McElroy was 23 of 30 for 275 yards with three touchdown passes. Against Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston he was 16 of 23 with three touchdown strikes and two scores on the ground.
"If we would have been keeping score against Sam Houston it would have been 80-13," McElroy said. "We're now starting to really focus on our first game against Midland Lee.
"We started watching film on them this week. They have a good running back that's going to Texas A&M. They have a good defensive tackle, Leslie Ray, and he's good, too. They lost a lot of starters, but we expect them to be good."
With 10 scholarship offers on the table, McElroy has plenty of options to consider, but he's also aware that other teams could offer him once he gets some varsity experience under his belt.
"It's kind of a catch 22 with me," McElroy said. "I don't want to upset some of the schools that have offered me, but I do want to wait for some of the others that haven't. I'd like to see what the others want to do."
Those others are programs like Stanford, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama, but McElroy does have offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Texas Tech, SMU and TCU and he's still seriously considering all of them.
"I know Stanford and Texas want to see me play the first couple of games, and Tennessee is coming to one of our first games," he said.
"I do want to take all of my visits, unfortunately I haven't even thought about my favorite schools yet. I'd like to think about announcing a decision three games in to our season when he have a bye week, but I also want to take my visits and make sure I'm making the right decision. So I'm kind of in a tough situation."
But it's a situation that McElroy will probably have no problem handling because he's got the talent to be one of the nation's truly elite quarterbacks and the ability to play for one of the nation's top college programs, too.