It’s a philosophy that most coaches would prefer to enact, but the majority simply can’t. The wear and tear a running back absorbs throughout a football season has simply made a one-man, Alpha Dog backfield undesirable. Even a Heisman trophy winner such as Alabama’s Mark Ingram had Trent Richardson as his wing man. And when Richardson was a frontrunner for the award last season, he had Eddie Lacy picking up enough carries to finish the year with 674 yards.
Eight games into the 2012 season, freshman T.J. Yeldon now is Alabama’s leading rusher. He came into a Saturday night game against Mississippi State with 5 fewers yards rushing than Eddie Lacy. Lacy had 570 yards. Yeldon had 565.
Yes, Eddie Lacy would say his 73-yard touchdown run on Alabama’s second play Saturday in a 42-10 victory at Missouri was the best run of his college career. “The offensive linemen did a great job,” the fourth-year junior said. “The hole, pretty much anybody could’ve ran through it, and the wideout did a great job of blocking the corner downfield, and I was able to break a few tackles and score.”
T.J. Yeldon isn’t the only Alabama freshman running back who has turned heads so far this season. Kenyan Drake has been making the most of his opportunities to carry the ball. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound former star from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga., has run eight times for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Alabama Crimson Tide backup running back Jalston Fowler will likely miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee during Saturday’s home opener against Western Kentucky, according to coach Nick Saban.
Alabama running back Jalston Fowler is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Nick Saban said Monday Fowler will undergo surgery on his left knee. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury. Fowler is second on the top-ranked Crimson Tide with 85 yards on 11 carries. He was injured in the Western Kentucky game last Saturday.
Alabama running back/fullback/H-back Jalston Fowler, who was carted off the field after injuring his knee Saturday against Western Kentucky, will have surgery this week and could miss the rest of the season.
T.J. Yeldon became the first Alabama freshman to rush for at least 100 yards in his debut when he ran 11 times for 111 yards. Right guard Anthony Steen was asked Tuesday if Yeldon reminds anyone of Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson. In 2009, Ingram became Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy winner. Last season, Richardson set a single-season school rushing record and was a Heisman finalist.
It didn’t take Michael Williams long to realize T.J. Yeldon was special. It was the 5-star running back’s first college football practice, in fact. The Alabama football team practiced once in the spring before going on spring break.
Tailback Eddie Lacy headlines a deep Alabama backfield this season. Lacy is set to make his first start for the second-ranked Crimson Tide Saturday night against No. 8 Michigan. He follows stars Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram, who were national champions and Heisman Trophy…
It’s hard for Eddie Lacy to get through a five-minute session with reporters without breaking out in laughter. After Thursday’s practice, it happened on multiple occasions. The junior running back has been noticeably loose throughout the preseason. He’s coming back from a serious toe injury, which forced him to miss the entire spring, and he’s assuming a role previously occupied by Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson, but the stress doesn’t seem to be bothering him.
One of the more interesting developments in the Alabama football team's preseason camp has been the development of Jalston Fowler. He's been splitting time between running back and H-back. You might even see him at times lining up as a [...]
Jalston Fowler has been a man on the move during the past week of Alabama practice. Today, we finally caught it on tape. As mentioned in today’s practice report, Fowler, as he did at a handful of practices earlier in the week, opened today’s practice with the tight ends and H-backs. Once the whistle blew for the next period, he was back with the running backs, going second in every drill behind Eddie Lacy. Asked Thursday about Fowler potentially playing fullback, Lacy provided an interesting answer. Fowler, with his mix of size and speed, gives Alabama plenty of options. Perhaps this platooning will allow him to maximize his on-field contributions.
The best laugh on the Alabama football team? It belongs to running back Eddie Lacy. No contest. In this video, see and hear him laugh when he’s asked if there’s one guy on the Crimson Tide’s defense that he just hates to see. “If I had to pick somebody, it’d be Jesse,” Lacy said of senior nose guard/600-pound bench-presser Jesse Williams. “I don’t think anyone wants to see Jesse. Big. Strong. Fast. Not too much you can do when he’s right in front of you.” Lacy is known for his spin moves. He can’t spin away from Williams? “No, there’s no spinning away from Jesse,” Lacy said. “If he’s there, he’s there. Just take it for what it is.” Lacy was asked if he feels a sense of pressure with two or three backs behind him who also could make a big contribution. Jalston Fowler, Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon are the main backups. Each could be a star as a featured back.
Jalston Fowler worked with the running backs Thursday. He practiced Wednesday morning with the tight ends/H-backs but was back with the running backs Wednesday evening. At one point in a drill, he lined up like a fullback in front of running back Eddie Lacy. So will the two backs sometimes appear on the field at the same time this season?