Originally Posted by lloydwoodson
TJ Yeldon did not ouclass Lacy. Lacy had more rushing yards, more touchdowns and a better YPC than Yeldon, as well as better receiving stats. Even though Yeldon runs behind the same amazing line you would take him in the first round but wouldn't want Lacy in the second?
: Carries - 175 / Yards - 1108 / AVG - 6.3 / LNG - 43 / RTDs - 12
: Carries - 204 / Yards - 1322 / AVG - 6.5 / LNG - 73 / RTDs - 17
What jumps out at you there? Sure, Eddie Lacy has .2 higher YPC, but he also had 29 more carries which would translate into a higher chance of a big play. A 73 yard gallop, for example.
Here's the thing, though. TJ Yeldon is 19 years old and is a true freshman. His ceiling is higher and he has a much bigger potential. He can bounce it outside with better speed and more agility than Lacy can. Lacy is fast, but he doesn't have the same explosive play ability that Yeldon does. I think Lacy has already hit his ceiling and you're looking at what he's going to be in the NFL. There's not a ton of room to grow and on the flip side, Alabama has just tapped into the potential of Yeldon.