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Debate emerges regarding McElroy’s 48 on Wonderlic

Greg McElroy, Ian Williams

South squad quarterback Greg McElroy (12), of Alabama, is sacked by North squad defender Ian Williams of Notre Dame, in the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


After reports emerged five years ago that Vince Young got only six of 50 questions correct on the Wonderlic test, conflicting information quickly emerged.

It’s fitting, then, that a debate already has surfaced regarding the accuracy of the report that Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy got 48 right, as reported by Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

One high-level scout with an AFC team tells us that there’s “no chance” that anyone would know the outcome of McElroy’s test at this point, including McElroy himself. The tests aren’t graded in the room, and the kid doesn’t know what he scored when he walked out.

Another high-level scout with another AFC team was less unequivocal, explaining that it’s not impossible that the numbers would be known. The other reality is that folks who have access to the numbers would be less inclined to keep a great score quiet, since there’s no stigma of stupidity and/or possible illiteracy that attaches to a single-digit score.

We’ll keep our ears and eyes open for more. Given that Hill has reported the number based on two unnamed sources, we aren’t saying that his report is wrong. That said, there are people in the league who think that there’s no way it can be right.