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T.J. Yeldon | Running Back

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 216

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A panel of experts ranked Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon as the 20th-best player in college football.
"He runs a little upright but he can make defenders miss and he has the power to pull through tackles," Daniel Jeremiah said. Yeldon rushed for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores in 207 carries last year and leads a stacked Crimson Tide RB group that includes Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Altee Tenpenny, Tyren Jones and Bo Scarbrough. "Yeldon is a collision runner who creates space for himself, and is at his best in big games," Charles Davis said. Added veteran analyst Gil Brandt: "He's a good straight-line back, but he benefits greatly from the line they have at Alabama. I'm not sure he's putting up those numbers if he's at Ole Miss." Aug 10 - 3:39 PM

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CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "offers better lateral agility and straight-line speed than predecessors Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson."

"And if he can cure his fumbling problems," Rang added, "he could be the latest 'Bama back to join the first round party." Yeldon will enter the NFL with a little less wear on his tires than fellow elite backs, as Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Altee Tenpenny, Tyren Jones and Bo Scarbrough are around to steal carries. "Yeldon has a taller, leaner build than most backs and his size may play a role in the deceptive speed and agility which makes him so successful," Rang wrote. "He's quick to the hole but shows good vision for cutback lanes, showing the ability to plant his foot into the ground and explode to ruin pursuit angles. Yeldon accelerates quickly and has good top-end speed for breakaways." Yeldon rushed for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores in 207 carries last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 9 - 10:09 PM

Alabama's running backs grade as Phil Steele's No. 1 unit.

Alabama has an embarrassment of riches at the position; their No. 6 and 7 RBs would start for many other programs. "T.J. Yeldon (PS No. 5) has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons on his resume and has averaged more than 6 yards per carry in both of his seasons running the ball for Alabama," Steele wrote. "Derrick Henry (PS No. 1) had 161 yards of total offense in the bowl and some feel he is more talented than Yeldon. Kenyan Drake (PS No. 31) added 694 yards last year and had a great spring, while Altee Tenpenny (PS No. 8), redshirt freshman Tyren Jones (PS No. 10) and true frosh Bo Scarbrough (PS No. 6) make for a pretty good bullpen." Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said in May that Alabama's running backs unit would rank amongst the three best in the NFL.
Jun 28 - 4:47 PM

New Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said Alabama's running backs unit would rank amongst the three best in the NFL.

"There probably aren't three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we're fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama," Kiffin said. It's an odd statement from the loose-lipped former Trojans' coach, but he does have an embarrassment of riches. The Crimson Tide's trio of T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake is one of college football's best, but to call it one of the NFL's best is a little silly. Yeldon rushed for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores in 207 carries last year.
May 31 - 1:10 AM's Bucky Brooks thinks Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon could "vault to the top of the list as one of the top runners in college football."

"The explosive scat-back has all of the tools to take Alabama's running game to another level in 2014," wrote Brooks. "He is an electrifying runner with superb stop-start quickness and acceleration. Additionally, Yeldon flashes sneaky strength and power to run through arm tackles in the hole." Yeldon, who rushed for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores in 207 carries, must clean up ball-security and fumbling issues, but most coaches find that to be a fixable problem. Especially if they, like Brooks, view Yeldon as an "immense talent."
May 26 - 4:35 PM

Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon sprained his ankle on Saturday at Mississippi State and is doubtful to play this weekend against Chattanooga.

He was seen wearing a protective boot after the game, which coach Nick Saban called a precaution. Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, they could bench their top two units and still easily dispatch Chattanooga.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 38-17 win over LSU.

Yeldon added 13 receiving yards. This game was tight early on, but once the Crimson Tide took the lead they relied on Yeldon and company to sustain it. It hasn't been a great year for Yeldon, but the school's offensive line is improving each week. Nick Saban has found a nice complementary back in Kenyan Drake.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon took 16 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 48-7 win over Kentucky.

Yeldon also fumbled in this game, something that needs to be fixed moving forward. We've seen NFL coaches keep very talented running backs in the doghouse due to ball security issues, and Yeldon can't follow that path. He added two catches for 30 yards.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia State.

Yeldon's injury is apparently to his buttocks. The running back was suspended for the first quarter against Colorado State but returned to full action against Ole Miss. He has rushed for 394 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries.
Source: USA Today
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 09:53:00 AM

The Anninston Star is reporting Alabama head coach Nick Saban has suspended sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon for the first quarter of Saturday's game against Colorado State.

The suspension stems from Yeldon's 15-yard penalty after delivering a throat slash gesture following a touchdown score against Texas A&M. The running back previously apologized, but we suspect Jalston Fowler gets the starting nod against the Rams.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 06:38:00 PM

Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon apologized for his personal foul penalty following a touchdown run against Texas A&M.

The running back made Johnny Manziel's "money" gesture with both hands followed by a throat slash. "I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday," Yeldon said in a statement. "That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team. That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future."
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 05:05:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah expects Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon to put up monster numbers in 2013.

Jeremiah described Yeldon's freshman season as outstanding, and the young runner should carry the load with Eddie Lacy departing for the NFL. "Yeldon is a smooth runner that can power the ball inside the tackles," Jeremiah said. He "also has the speed to get to the outside and hit the home run. What I'm most impressed with this young back is his ability to protect the quarterback. He has got a firm, firm punch. He protects the quarterback as well as any runner in college football."
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:48:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah calls Alabama sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon a "big upgrade" over Eddie Lacy.

"He's loose, explosive and has natural vision/instincts," Jeremiah tweeted. The Crimson Tide's one-two punch demolished many defenses last year and we expect much of the same in 2013 from Yeldon despite losing plenty of offensive line talent. Alabama could open up the passing game a bit more to A.J. McCarron, but Yeldon also showed plenty of success as a receiver in screen situations.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:25:00 AM

Alabama freshman RB T.J. Yeldon's teammates already believe the back is a special talent.

"I think it was the play he ran 50 yards down the field, the first one," senior right guard Anthony Steen said. "When we got in the huddle, we all were smiling, and we knew what was about to happen." Junior Eddie Lacy understandably drew most of the attention prior to this season, but Yeldon appears to be more of the big play threat moving forward for the Crimson Tide.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 10:22:00 AM

Coach Nick Saban said freshman running back T.J. Yeldon has a good opportunity to have an impact on the Tide’s offense.

An early enrollee who initially committed to Auburn, Yeldon had 178 yards from scrimmage during Saturday’s spring game. Even with Trent Richardson moving on to the NFL, the Tide appears to be in good shape at RB with Eddie Lacy, Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart. However, Lacy (foot) has been sidelined and Fowler is a 250-pound bruiser of a back. Yeldon, who is 6-2, 216, brings a different dimension to the table and nearly 80,000 in Tuscaloosa got a first-hand look.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 11:43:00 AM