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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 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. Oct 1 - 1:23 PM
Source: 247 Sports

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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 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.
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 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

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