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Greg McElroy gets a 48 on the Wonderlic

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FILE - In this 1984 file image originally released 20th Century Fox films, Gilbert, played by Anthony Edwards, left, and Lewis, played by Robert Carradine, wonder what the future holds as they transport their belongings to the Adams College Freshman Dorm in the film “Revenge of the Nerds.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, file)


If that SEC thing doesn’t work out for Alabama, the Tide perhaps can roll to the Ivy League.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that quarterback Greg McElroy racked up a 48 on the Wonderlic test. The highest possible score is 50.

Usually, the results of the test are closely guarded by the league. But the leaks usually relate to low scores. When a guy aces the test, the player and/or his agent will be far more likely to get the word out on their own.

That said, scoring too high can be as much of a problem as scoring too low. Football coaches want to command the locker room. Being smarter than the individual players makes that easier. Having a guy in the locker room who may be smarter than every member of the coaching staff can be viewed as a problem -- or at a minimum as a threat to the egos of the men who hope to be able when necessary to outsmart the players, especially when trying in some way to manipulate them.

So while McElroy, who was unable to work out due to injury, may be really smart, he perhaps would have been wise to tank a few of the answers.

UPDATE: And a debate already has emerged regarding the accuracy of the reported number. Along with a debate regarding whether it’s a bad thing to get a high score. The only guy who got a perfect score thinks it hurt him.