Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon (4) celebrates a touchdown with Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Brian Vogler (84) during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE (Kevin Jairaj / June 25, 2013)
I guess when you’ve won three of the past four national titles, it should be of no surprise that you might have a player or two garner national attention for the Heisman. Quarterback AJ McCarron is the obvious choice early on, but don’t count out T.J. Yeldon as a possible candidate as well. As a freshman, Yeldon rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a backup to Eddie Lacy. Now, the Alabama native steps into the starting role for the Crimson Tide making Yeldon a possible dark horse for the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
The Buzz: It didn’t take long for Yeldon to start making a name for himself on the national scene. In his first start for the Tide, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound running back rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown in Alabama’s season-opening 41-14 victory against Michigan at Cowboys Stadium. He followed suit with three more 100-yard rushing games during the regular season including a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown against Georgia in the SEC title game. He followed that up with another strong performance – 108 yards and a touchdown – as Alabama wrap up its second straight national title with a 42-14 win over Notre Dame in Miami. As previously stated, running backs haven’t fared very well recently in the Heisman race. Alabama’s Mark Ingram was the last one to capture the award back in 2009. However, a player from the SEC has won the award three of the past four seasons. Much like in the case of Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Yeldon’s chances could suffer with McCarron earning much more of the attention, but a strong showing in 2013-14 could earn the sophomore a ticket to New York City.
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