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T.J. Yeldon | Running Back

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221

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Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Saturday's win over Tennessee.
The Crimson Tide held a 27-0 lead with 12:03 remaining in the second quarter, so their talented back once again had his workload restricted. If you play college fantasy football, you probably don't like this. If, however, you're an NFL scout, you love it. Yeldon will reach the NFL without a ton of wear and tear. An AFC college scouting director told NFL.com recently that he believed Yeldon will be a better NFL player than he has been in college "because he is used in a rotation, plus he's avoided the high carries that some college backs have accumulated." Oct 27 - 7:45 PM

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One AFC college scouting director believes Alabama junior RB TJ Yeldon will be a better NFL player than he has been in college.

The exec's reasoning? "Because he is used in a rotation, plus he's avoided the high carries that some college backs have accumulated." NFL Media's Albert Breer received comparisons of Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams for Yeldon's NFL future. The running back has flashed his best work this season.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:57 AM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries in Saturday's 59-0 demolition of Texas A&M.

He also had three receptions for 45 yards. This was only the second time Yeldon has cracked the century mark since the season opener. With Alabama's ridiculous backfield depth, perhaps that shouldn't come as a surprise. One analyst isn't concerned. NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote earlier this week that Yeldon "certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked." After coming into this game with a disappointing 4.9 YPC, Yeldon slapped down an 8.8 YPC average today.
Oct 18 - 10:07 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked."

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has rushed for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 93 carries (4.9 YPC) over Alabama's first six games. "Yeldon doesn't have to carry a heavy workload because of Alabama's depth at running back, but he certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked," Davis wrote. "He's a strong between-the-tackles runner with the ability to bounce outside, and he finishes runs really well. His stock will only be boosted by playing in Lane Kiffin's pro-style offense." TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline graded Yeldon as a preseason Round 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 9:33 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for only 45 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's 14-13 win against Arkansas.

Yeldon added two receptions for 35 yards and a score. The Crimson Tide rusher couldn't get it going on the ground, but neither could his teammates. Alabama averaged only 2.1 YPC across 32 attempts in the narrow victory. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has rushed for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 93 carries (4.9 YPC) over Alabama's first six games. TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline graded Yeldon as a preseason Round 2 prospect.
Oct 13 - 12:19 AM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss.

Yeldon added two receptions for seven yards. The Crimson Tide rusher was limited in practice on Tuesday due to a hamstring issue, but it was never a question he'd play in this pivotal matchup. While Yeldon arguably had his best game of the season, Alabama couldn't hold off Mississippi, mostly due to critical mistakes made by his teammates.
Oct 4 - 8:17 PM

Alabama junior RB TJ Yeldon was limited in practice on Tuesday due to a hamstring issue.

Yeldon looked like a healthier back this season, displaying plenty of acceleration and balance when finishing off runs. Barring a setback, expect him to play against Ole Miss.
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 1 - 1:23 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon had only 59 yards on 18 carries in Saturday's win versus Florida.

He also had a 37-yard reception. Instead of relying on one back, Nick Saban unleashed his trio of studs on the poor Gators. Yeldon was mostly bottle up, but Derrick Henry had 111 yards and a score on 20 carries, and Kenyan Drake (15 rushing yards) had an electric 87-yard touchdown reception right out of the gate. The timeshare means that each can offer the NFL less wear on the tires than comparable backs.
Sep 21 - 7:25 PM

An AFC personnel executive gushed to NFL.com about Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon, though he book-ended his enthusiasm by mentioned the Crimson Tide back wasn't in Todd Gurley's league.

"(Alabama's) T.J. Yeldon is a really good back," the personnel executive said. "He's a tall back that runs a little too high but he has a good feel running between the tackles and he does a nice job of making guys miss. As much as a I like him, the Georgia back is in a different league." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has rushed for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries (5.6 ypc) over Alabama's first two games, though he wasn't much needed over the weekend in a demolition of Florida Atlantic. TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline graded Yeldon as a preseason Round 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 4:21 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "has the ability be a feature runner at the next level," wrote TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst grades Yeldon as a Round 2 prospect. "He’s sized well, can run laterally as easily as he pounds downhill and possesses both running vision as well as football instincts," Pauline wrote. "He has the power to break tackles and is rarely brought down by the first defender yet at the same time easily bounces around opponents to create yardage. Yeldon is more of a one-speed back and not a break away threat but has a terrific all around game." Yeldon rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Saturday's win over West Virginia. He scurried for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores across 207 carries last year.
Sep 1 - 3:54 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the school's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

Yeldon's most impressive run saw him break the line and accelerate through the second level and glide over the goal line. He seems to have a different gear in the red zone. Gurley looked a bit tentative at times last year to go along with ball security issues, but his talent is outstanding.
Aug 30 - 7:26 PM

If he reduces fumbles and increases his strength this fall, Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon could "make a push to be the first back taken in next year's draft," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Yeldon as the No. 3 running back prospect, behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley. It would be a shock if Yeldon could leapfrog both of them, but he does have tantalizing ability. "Yeldon is tall with a somewhat lean frame, and isn't an overpowering runner, but he has good balance and can keep his feet moving after contact," McShay wrote. "He also has excellent lateral agility (especially for a taller back), which, combined with his instincts and patience, makes him highly effective at finding the hole and accelerating through it on runs. He has good but not elite top-end speed, and can seamlessly string together multiple cuts. He's a very competitive runner, and solid in the passing game, but his ball security is a big concern (four fumbles, including three lost, on 227 touches in 2013)."
Aug 25 - 6:35 PM

A panel of NFL.com 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."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 3:39 PM

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