AL.com ran a nice profile post on Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon earlier this week. This passage caught my attention:
Yeldon climbed to No. 12 on Alabama’s career rushing list in the quietest way possible. His 2,343 yards rank well ahead of Trent Richardson’s pace after two seasons (1,409). Mark Ingram had 2,386 yards after two seasons that included his breakout Heisman season in 2009.
Yeldon had balance in his first two years. As the co-No. 1 option with Eddie Lacy in 2012, the freshman ran for 1,108 yards on 175 carries. A year ago, he moved into the top role and went for 1,235 yards in 207 tries.
The article doesn’t specifically point it out, but Yeldon is only 1,222 yards behind Bama’s all-time leading rusher, Shaun Alexander. As Casagrande mentioned, Yeldon’s climb has been quiet and I have to admit that him being so close caught me by surprise.
With a running back rotation that is sure to also include sophomore Derrick Henry and junior Kenyan Drake, it’s not a given that Yeldon will get enough carries to break the record. But then again, he will be the number one back and the Tide seems to be ready to lean on a revamped offensive line and a deep running game to help out whoever is the brand new quarterback.
Yeldon is a classy player and I’m sure he would wear the honor of being the Tide’s all-time leading rusher very well.