You can follow Phillip Ely on twitter at @Phillip_Ely12
Phillip had a senior season to remember for the Toledo Rockets. He led them to a program defining victory at Arkansas, a home victory over a BCS team (Iowa State), as well as a Boca Raton win over the nationally rated Temple Owls.
Rob Batt: Thanks for joining Draftrecon.net. Tell me a little about yourself.
Phillip Ely: I am a Tampa, Florida kid. I was raised with 1 sister. I played at Plant High School. That is where my dad and 5 brothers played and they are all in the school hall of fame. It was pretty cool to play there and a lifelong dream. Then I was recruited by Jim McElwain to play QB at Alabama. I was at Alabama for 2 years. Then I transferred to Toledo and finished out my career there.
Rob Batt: What made you want to go to Toledo?
Phillip Ely: It was my relationship with OC and now head coach Jason Candle. Coach Candle got ahold of my high school coach after I stated I was going to transfer and then got ahold of me. After looking at what they were doing and building, I wanted to go there. Toledo is a great place to go. Deep down it was the place for me.
Rob Batt: What was the best lesson Coach Candle gave you?
Phillip Ely: I would say to be just be myself, really. A lot of people want to think they have to be a different person to be successful on and off the field. He recruits good people and you have to trust the skills. Coach Candle wanted me to just be a good person.
Rob Batt: What was your biggest highlight in college?
Phillip Ely: It was the Arkansas game. Going down there and beating a ranked team to have with the guys you go to war with was a great feeling.
Rob Batt: How are you getting ready for the draft?
Phillip Ely: I am training down in Tampa with former Bucs WR Yo Murphy at Performance Compound. It is going great. He really harps on the details of the tests like the 40 yard dash and broad jump. As a QB, you can’t lift too much and be able to throw the ball. They do a good job of monitoring us and getting us to work hard. I am also working with QB coaches John Kaleo and Robert Marve.
Rob Batt: Marve the former Purdue QB?
Phillip Ely: Yes
Rob Batt: I remember when he played Iowa in 2011 and dove for a called TD but replay overturned it as he fumbled and the ball hit the pylon and was a touchback.
Phillip Ely: You have a good memory.
Rob Batt: I have no life.
Rob Batt: What QB would you compare yourself to?
Phillip Ely: Drew Brees because of his mechanics in the pocket, how he keeps his feet hot, I like how he has a hand on the trigger at all times. How he avoids rushers. I would also compare myself a bit to Russell Wilson.
Rob Batt: Who was the best DB you faced at college?
Phillip Ely: NIU CB Shawun Lurry, He anticipates the routes really well and could break on the football.
Rob Batt: Who was the best WR you threw to in college?
Phillip Ely: Cody Thompson (@Cthom1441).
Rob Batt: Not Amari Cooper?
Phillip Ely: (laughs) I have to give my boy Cody some love
Rob Batt: What is your favorite thing about film study?
Phillip Ely: From that film study, the best thing is going into a game with confidence. Knowing t that you are prepared and how it feels when you see something on the field that you learned from film study. At the end of the day film study does work and it leads to you playing confidently.
Rob Batt: What is one thing you want to work on before the draft?
Phillip Ely: Working from under center. I have been out of the game when it comes to taking snaps under center since I was at Alabama and high school. I am learning fakes and hand offs. I am getting more comfortable as the days go along.
Rob Batt: What’s your biggest strength?
Phillip Ely: On the field – I do a good job of commanding a huddle and the offense. Getting guys in the right spot, getting the ball out quick and efficiently.
Off the field – I have a good relationship with my teammates. I expect a lot out of them and get them to play to their potential. If they are playing at a high level, then I can. Guys trust me on the field and listen to me. I was a team captain for 2 years.
I asked him to sum up what he learned in college.
Phillip Ely: I learned a lot from my years and coaches, Nick Saban, Doug Nussmeier, and Jim McElwain at Alabama. I learned from Coach Campbell, Candle at Toledo. I want to show it on the field. I really wouldn’t be where I am as a QB or person without my high school coach Robert Weiner’s (@plantfootball) guidance and coaching.
Rob Batt: If you sign a contract in the NFL, what are you going to buy your girlfriend?
(laughs) let’s just say we will be saving but maybe a puppy.
As for predictions, Phillip only made one real prediction and that is that the Alabama’s softball team will be really good this year. His girlfriend is a player for the Crimson Tide and he is excited for their season.