Are Alabama Running Backs a Bust?

By LaDonna Williams

The question I would like to have answers to, are the Alabama running backs a bust in the NFL? When people hear the name Alabama University they think great school, great football team and other sports. Others think it’s the school is where bad running backs come from. It that really true?

The last four running backs from 2015- 2011. If you are an Alabama fan or not these names will be familiar to you if you keep up with NFL players. The running backs that will be discussed are T.J. Yeldon, Eddie lacy, Trent Richardson, and Mark Ingram. I will mention the two that just got drafted Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry as well.


The Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon. The 2016-2017 season will be his second year in the NFL. His rookie year wasn’t bad at all. He avg. 4.1 yards per carry and had a total of 740 yards. Downside he only had two touch downs and he missed four games last season. This year the Jags added Chris Ivory. Will Yeldon lose his starting job to Ivory or will they continue with him as a starter.


The next Alabama running back is Eddie Lacy. Eddie Lacy plays for the Green Bay Packers. This season will be Lacy fourth year in the NFL. The first two years Lacy was a beast and had over 1000-yards seasons. He averaged 4.1 in 2013 and 4.6 in 2014. Last year he avg. 4.1 yards per gain and only 758 total yards for the season. Last season he had his highest total of fumbles of four. Since then Lacy during the off-season has lost a lot of weight. Will this help him next season? Will he go back to being the old Lacy?




Then there is Trent Richardson. The guy that thinks he is going to get a golden jacket one day. Richardson has played since 2012. His first two seasons were with the Browns. His rookie season he had 950 total yards avg. 3.6 yards per gain. The next season he got hurt and only played 2 games. The two season after that he played with the Colts. Neither year did he get over 550 total yards. His best average was 3.4 yards per gain. Last year he didn’t even play.  This season he has a team (well for now). He is on the Baltimore Ravens. Will his 3.3 per gain average really help the Ravens? Or will he be jobless again?

Update: Richardson has been cut. The Ravens basically gave him money to go home.


Then there is the Saints dearly beloved Mark Ingram. He has been playing since 2011. To this date he still hasn’t had a 1000-yard total season. He has only had one season (2012) that he played the whole season. All the other years he has gotten hurt. His career avg. is 4.3 yards per gain. That average isn’t bad at all, but would it be that great if he played all 16 games most or all of the seasons he has played? Another positive stat he doesn’t have a fumbling problem. He only has six throughout his whole career.

During this year’s draft Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry were the two big named running backs from Alabama. Drake went to the Dolphins, while Henry went to the Titans. Henry is the best running back of the two, but Drake was good at Alabama too. Henry is huge and strong. The downfall of that it slows down his speed behind the line, but if he does get through get ready to see him plow over defenders. Drake on the other hand is tall, but very quick. His downfall lack of patience when he has the ball in his hands.  These two will be backups unless they out play the team’s starter.

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