RB T J Yeldon leads Alabama Offense
One can talk about Lane Kiffin, the new Offensive Coordinator at Alabama. One can mention what he might change or institute or upgrade in the Crimson Tide offense, One could mention Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. But there is no question that the leader of the Alabama offense will be running back T J Yeldon!
JR RB #4 TJ Yeldon
Consider these facts:
As a freshman in 2012, Yeldon ran for over 100 yards in his first game. In fact he ran for over 500 yards in five more games. He was just the first Alabama true freshmen running back to rush for 1,000 yards and to rush for over 100 yards in his debut game. Hew was named Freshman All-American by Sporting News and Scout.com., in addition to being named to the Freshmen All Conference SEC Team.
As a sophomore in 2013, Yeldon was named to the first team SEC All Conference team as selected by the SEC coaches and second team ALL SEC by the AP Writers, He rushed for 1,235 yards in 12 games on 207 attempts for a 6.0 yards per carry average. He scored 14 touchdowns and was second in scoring (84 points) and second on the Crimson Tide only to their kicker (who had 96 points). He averaged 102.9 yards rushing per game,Yeldon accomplished this even though he missed the game against Chattanooga with an injury. He also caught 20 passes for 123 yards last season.
SO RB #27 Derrick Henry
Competition from back-up running back sophomore Derrick Henry (6’3 – 241) will only make TJ Yeldon better. Henry shined in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma in the 45-31 loss, rushing for over 100 yards and catching a 47 yard TD pass. Henry was second on the squad in rushing last season with over 600 yards.
Yeldon is most difficult to tackle, breaking arm tackles left and right. Near the goal line or in short yardage situations, Yeldon will just run over would-be tacklers. At 6’2 and 221 pounds he is a threat to score on every play he touches the ball and for a big man, can cut on a dime and make even the most experienced linebacker or safety look silly tackling air. Oh, by the way, he was raised drinking the same water as former WVU star quarterback Pat White, as he hails from Daphne, AL and attended the same high school.
Rest assured, if the WVU defense is to carry the day for the Mountaineers, they have to tackle TJ Yeldon and once he gets in the secondary, you better have multiple defenders in his way if you expect to slow him down. If you think I might be exaggerating, please watch the attached video below:
By Dave Ackermann - Senior Staff Writer
Director of Operations for Revenue Sports
(Feature Photo credit to Sporting News)
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(Roster pictures credit to ROLLTIDE.COM)