Led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o, Notre Dame came into Monday night’s BCS national championship game fourth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 92 yards per game. Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon were not impressed. Running behind a dominant offensive line that Yeldon called “the best O-line in the country,” Lacy gouged the Fighting Irish for 140 yards and a touchdown while Yeldon added 108 yards and another score to spur the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 rout.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy had a career night in the SEC Championship against Georgia rushing for 181 yards in 20 carries and scoring 2 touchdowns.With Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon combining for more than 300 yards rushing, the Alabama ground game helped propel the Crimson Tide past the onslaught of a blistering Bulldogs offense as Bama held Georgia out of the end zone in the final seconds to win the SEC Championship and a shot at Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship in January.
Eddie Lacy has 164 carries, more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. These are big numbers, but they certainly could be bigger if Lacy wasn't apart of a two-man tandem in the Alabama backfield. But would he still be as healthy as he currently is today? These are thoughts that are only presented to Lacy when he steps in front of a group of reporters. That's because he's been thrilled with how he and freshman T.J. Yeldon have divided the load and, more often than not, conquered opposing defenses.
T.J. Yeldon didn't do much Monday at the Alabama football team's first practice of Iron Bowl week. That changed Tuesday. The freshman running back is participating fully in drills with his unit. How does he look?
Just when it looked as if frenzied Tiger Stadium was where Alabama’s dream of a second consecutive national championship had come to die, AJ McCarron, Kevin Norwood and T.J. Yeldon breathed new life into the Crimson Tide’s season. Together they resuscitated Alabama, lifting the nation’s No. 1 team to a dramatic 21-17 victory over No. 5 LSU with a drive that could go down as one of the most memorable in marches in school history. The Drive, it will come to be known as. Seventy-two yards. Five plays. Only 43 seconds.
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.
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. “We saw he had the hips, he had the speed, he had the agility to make big plays in this league, and we saw (Saturday) night he got off to a good start and we’re looking forward to him doing that the rest of the year,” Williams, a fifth-year senior tight end, said Monday. Yeldon ran 11 times for 111 yards in the Crimson Tide’s season-opening 41-14 victory over No. 8 Michigan.
You've seen freshman running back T.J. Yeldon in action at Alabama before. As an early enrollee, he was a spring sensation. Now he is joined by another highly touted freshman running back, Kenyan Drake, who got his first real taste of college football Friday night when a group of Crimson Tide players, primarily newcomers, practiced under the lights.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – One of the members of Alabama's heralded 2012 signing class is T.J. Yeldon. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back from Daphne is one of the stars of the class. He's a five-star signee who was named Alabama's Mr. Football last month. Yeldon also is one of eight early enrollees.