T.J. Yeldon, Kenyon Drake and Derrick Henry comprise one of the most deadly offensive backfields in college football, but that’s just not enough praise for new Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Despite having just been his new job for less than half a year, Kiffin is puffing his chest behind the allure of Alabama and is declaring that Bama backfield to be not just the best in the SEC or NCAA but better than any backfield attack in the NFL as well.
“There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster,” Kiffin said about his trio.
The three players are surely pro prospects. The lineage of Alabama running back draftees is long and it includes — most recently — Eddie Lacy, Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram. Lacy has looked solid, but Richardson has failed to live up to his title as starter, let alone his third overall draft selection. And Ingram hasn’t prove he’s the second best player in the Saints backfield.
He can’t actually believe that his backfield matches up with Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James of the 49ers? Or even LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk of the Eagles?
Adrian Peterson alone is better than most backfield tandems in all of football, so is Kiffin saying that his thre running backs are future Hall of Famers already?
Kiffin likely knows he’s speaking in hyperbole. He’s simply working in coaches speak and attempting to boost the confidence of a position group that will be essential to the Crimson Tide’s college football playoff hopes.
A strong performance would help bolster his job security, too. And leaving the thought that they could actually be better than a pro backfield aside, Kiffin’s praise for his backfield is warranted. Their diverse combination of skills make them the front runners for the best backfield in college football this season.
Plus, this is another installment of Lane Kiffin being Lane Kiffin, which means college football is almost here.