Former Tennessee Titans star running back Eddie George got an up-close look at Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon this summer, and he came away very impressed from what he saw of the second-year back.
“He has all the ability,” George said. “He can use the power game, he can be very elusive inside the tackles, he’s tough to bring down, excellent speed outside the tackle box, can break the home run for you.”
Yeldon is projected to be the feature back for a Bama team expected to win a third-straight BCS National Championship, and he’s not shy about telling people he expects greatness from himself:
“I’m always going to be motivated,” he said. “I’m just trying to be the best I can be, the best running back to ever come through here.”
As a true freshman last year, Yeldon rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to leading the Tide to a second-consecutive BCS title. With most of his offensive line from last year gone, it will be more on his shoulders this year to create his own space that guys like Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones routinely created for him.
But given what we saw of him as a player straight out of high school and playing in the SEC, there’s no reason to doubt his ability to do such.