The 5-11, 230-pounder clocked 4.58 and 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and had a "disappointing" positional workout at his April 11 pro day, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks said, adding Lacy appeared "out of shape." Lacy found it tough to hear those things. "People [were] saying ???he's not in shape' or ???he's not fast,' but in reality it's due to a lack of time," Lacy said. "It's something you can't really worry about. You know what you are capable of when you're 100 percent and the guys doubting you on the next level know as well. I don't think it should be said or anything like that, but there is nothing you can do about it."
CBSSports.com draft expert Rob Rang said Lacy's subpar pro day could hurt him in the draft, "but he's much more impressive on the field than off it. He has a unique combination of vision, balance and burst. If a running back is selected in the first round, it will be Lacy." - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com
04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 44. RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (5-11, 231, 4JR)...A strongly-built back, Lacy was productive behind a smash-mouth line. But he also created some yards on his own, staying light on his feet and running over tacklers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 35. *Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: A disappointing Pro Day (including a 4.59-second 40-yard dash) could push Lacy down the board, but he's much more impressive on the field than off it -- he has a unique combination of vision, balance and burst. If a running back is selected in the first round, it will be Lacy. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 2. No running back, including Eddie Lacy of Alabama, is drafted in the first round...At least one running back has been drafted in the first round of every NFL draft since 1963. This is the year, however, in which that historic trend is broken. This isn't just a reflection of the new running-back-by-committee approach that many NFL teams favor, it is a statement about the lack of quality of high-end talent in the 2013 class -- arguably the weakest positional group of the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/11/2013 - Lacy said his pass-catching was the second-biggest thing he wanted to show NFL teams behind his 40 time. "I didn't have a lot of opportunities here at Alabama to show my hands out of the backfield," Lacy said. "During the pass drills, I just wanted to go out and show them that I could catch. "I probably bobbled a pass or two but everything else was caught clean." Lacy worked much of the session with Miami Dolphins running backs coach Jeff Nixon. Tennessee Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom was also among those present.
Lacy was slowed by nagging injuries early in the season but finished with two huge games. He ran for a career-high 181 yards in the SEC championship game against Georgia, when he was also MVP, and gained 140 against Notre Dame. Tide coach Nick Saban doesn't think speed is an issue with Lacy. "He's faster than you think," Saban said Wednesday. "He has very deceptive speed, and very deceptive quickness. For three or four years around here, I've been watching Eddie Lacy, who everybody thinks is a little (too) straight-line as a runner and can't make people miss in the hole with his sudden quickness and great change of direction.
"He's physical, tough, he's got great size. He's a really good all-around player, a good receiver. He can block in pass protection and he can be physical when he needs to and get it downhill. I think Eddie is a very, very complete player. I don't really see a lot of flaws in his game. I think he'll be a very, very good player for somebody." - AP Sports
04/11/2013 - NFL scouts have been anxiously waiting to see whether Alabama running back Eddie Lacy would time faster than the 4.55-second estimate they'd given him based on tape. He ran slightly slower Thursday, confirming he lacks the home-run speed some scouts believe is critical to warrant selection in the first round. Representatives from the Senior Bowl tweeted that Lacy, 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, was clocked at 4.58 and 4.62-seconds in the 40-yard dash. The time is respectable for a back of Lacy's size, but the rest of his workout wasn't ideal, either, according to former NFL scout Bucky Brooks, who tweeted that Lacy recorded a 32.5-inch vertical jump, a 9-7 broad jump, a 4.44-second short-shuttle and had a "disappointing" positional workout.
According to Brooks, Lacy appeared "out of shape" and "wasn't able to finish" the workout. Lacy is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back in the 2013 draft but isn't among my top 32 picks, and he's also a no-show in Dane Brugler's first-round projection. At least one running back has been selected in the first round of every NFL draft since 1963. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/11/2013 - While Lacy's workout raises red flags about his conditioning, there is no question he possesses the talent to be a bell-cow back at the next level. Lacy is a powerful between-the-tackles runner who can knock defenders to the ground. He's also possesses very light feet and excellent balance, often slipping past would-be tacklers with a lethal spin move. Lacy is also a gifted receiver out of the backfield and has proven both alert and physical in pass protection, making it likely he'll be able to step in and contribute immediately as a rookie. Lacy played well in spot duty over his first two seasons with the Crimson Tide and exploded in 2012. The junior ran for 1,322 yards on 204 carries (6.5 average) and 17 touchdowns, earning First Team All-SEC honors. Scouts also like the fact that Lacy hasn't been worn down. He served as the backup behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, each of whom, of course, wound up as first-round picks in the past two drafts. Even with the less-than-stellar numbers, Lacy is likely to join his former teammates as the first running back selected in their respective draft classes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - When Steven Jackson signed with the Atlanta Falcons last month, the Rams' lost a bruising, physical runner that is one of only six backs in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons. With the NFL Draft nearly three weeks away, St. Louis could add a powerful, between-the-tackles back that may remind Rams' fans of Jackson. The Rams are scheduled to meet with Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the coming weeks before the Draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Lacy (5-11, 231) repeatedly bowled his way through the Notre Dame line in the BCS National Championship en route to a 140-yard rushing night and two touchdowns overall. At the same time, the game's Offensive MVP displayed surprising athleticism for a bigger back, with a variety of spin moves and jukes in the 42-14 victory. Lacy is the top-ranked running back and the No. 33 prospect overall in CBSSports.com's latest Draft projections.
The Rams are inexperienced at running back following Jackson's departure. Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, the top two running backs on the Rams' depth chart, will both enter their second season in the league. Richardson finished second on the Rams last season in rushing yards with 475 and added 24 receptions for 163 yards. Pead only had 10 carries on the season, but led St. Louis in yards per carry with 5.4. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
03/30/2013 - Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy is ready to return to the field and will hold a workout for NFL scouts on April 11, two weeks before the 2013 NFL Draft. Lacy hasn't been seen on the field in a competitive situation since steamrolling Notre Dame's vaunted defense in the 2012 national championship game. A strained hamstring rendered him to observer status at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and Alabama's pro day. At the end of the season, Lacy was NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked running back, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot in the first round ala Mark Ingram (2011) and Trent Richardson (2012), who preceded Lacy as starting tailbacks for crunch-and-munch Crimson Tide offense.
Scouts estimate Lacy's speed is in the high 4.5-, low 4.6-second range. If he proves those projections accurate, Lacy will garner attention in the bottom third of the round, not unlike Ingram and Steven Jackson, who was the top back drafted out of Oregon State (24th overall) in 2004 because of his height and upright running style. Lacy (5-foot-11, 231 pounds) is more similar to Stephen Davis, the light-footed former Auburn running back with lateral agility who was strong enough to run through linebackers but could also dance in tight quarters to create his own lane. He's an option for multiple teams in the top of the second round. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/16/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Tailback Eddie Lacy is hoping to become the third straight Alabama tailback selected in the first round. He hasn't been able to help his case in workouts yet with a hamstring injury keeping him from running for NFL scouts at the combine or pro day. Lacy, MVP of the BCS and Southeastern Conference championship games, said he'll work out at a later pro day in Tuscaloosa. ''NFL coaches like you because of what you do in games and what you do in big stadiums,'' he said. ''This is just something that they want to see you and make their own evaluations.'' - AP Sports
03/13/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Lacy faces the most doubt, if only because he was again unable to display his ability to scouts who'll now have to return to Alabama for a future pro day that isn't yet scheduled. If he wants to be the third Crimson Tide running back drafted in three years, following Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, Lacy must display his competitiveness and ability for scouts in a workout setting.
"I'm not concerned about it at all," Lacy said. "NFL coaches like you because of what you do in games and what you do in big stadiums. ... This is just something that you want to receive glowing evaluations, but at the end of the day somebody takes you." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/11/2013 - The Alabama Crimson Tide have produced the top running back in each of the past two drafts, with Mark Ingram the No. 28 selection by the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and Trent Richardson picked No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Browns last year. Eddie Lacy appears poised to continue this impressive string for Nick Saban's team, but his chances at doing may have decreased with the report that he won't be able to participate in Alabama's pro day scheduled for Wednesday.
Lacy, the top-rated back on NFLDraftScout.com's board, is still waiting for a slightly torn hamstring to heal. Lacy was unable to work out at the combine in late February due to the same issue. He has not announced when or if he'll be able to work out for scouts before the draft (April 25-27).
While anyone who watched Lacy beat up on Georgia in the SEC Championship game (181 yards, two touchdowns) or Notre Dame in the BCS title game (140 yards, one touchdown) knows he can play, speed is one of the few questions scouts have about Lacy, which makes his workout important.
The 5-foot-11, 231-pounder is a powerful runner with good lateral agility and a terrific spin move. He also possesses soft hands out of the backfield and is among the more reliable pass blockers from this year's running back class. He also offers two other qualities that will endear him to scouts - he's played very well in big games and has received relatively little wear after serving as a backup behind Ingram and Richardson the first two years of his career with the Tide. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/11/2013 - He rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns last season in his only year as Alabama's starter, earning all-conference honors.Straight-line speed, however, is a question. Scouts have some reservations about the fact Lacy was running behind the best offensive line in college football. Some believe the five men blocking for him at Alabama are every bit as talented as the offensive line Lacy is likely to be running behind in the NFL. An impressive 40-yard dash or three-cone time won't guarantee Lacy will prove to be a quality starting running back in the NFL, of course, but it will go a long way toward reassuring decision makers about the caliber of athlete they'll be getting.
At least one running back was selected in the last 49 consecutive NFL drafts. Lacy is the most likely prospect to keep that streak alive in this year's draft. However, his chances of doing so decrease as he is unable to ease concerns about his speed. With Arian Foster and Alfred Morris among the running backs in recent years to prove that teams can find stars later than the first round, teams are hesitant to invest a high pick in a back with less than elite speed. Three running backs were drafted in the first round a year ago -- Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson. Richardson was the slowest, timing at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That's faster than scouts expect Lacy to run. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 13 - Alabama, Cincinnati...Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will likely be the highest-rated running back for several teams, but he was sideline at the combine due to the hamstring tear. Scouts are hopeful it will heal in time for his pro day, but it will likely be a "gametime" decision whether or not Lacy is healthy enough to work out on this date. Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams didn't run or do positional drills at the combine as he recuperates from arthroscopic knee surgery, but he plans to do a full workout at the pro day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Having gashed SEC competition and Notre Dame while helping Alabama to its second consecutive BCS title, Eddie Lacy certainly ranks among the most well-known backs in the country. Powerfully built with superb balance, including a deadly spin move, he is a tough between-the-tackles runner. Scouts are quick to point out, however, that a dominant Tide offensive line often got him to the second level before he had to make defenders miss. Some question the 5-foot-11, 220-pound back's true quickness and straight-line speed. Anything faster than 4.53 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis would ease some of those concerns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - Alabama's Eddie Lacy, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1-rated running back and No. 36 prospect overall, will miss this week's scouting combine after injuring his hamstring, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lacy suffered a "small tear in some tissue around his hamstring while training last week," according to Schefter, but hopes to be able to work out for scouts in time for Alabama's March 13 pro day.
While this draft lacks top-20 talent at running back, Lacy is the clear top prospect at his position in a fairly deep class, and is rated as a potential first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. He is strongly-built with the frame to power through defenders while staying light on his feet to create and elude would-be tacklers in space. Lacy was expected to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.50-4.65 range, but even if he is unable to work out prior to the draft, it shouldn't have a substantial impact on his draft status.
If Lacy isn't selected in the first round, it will likely mark the first time since 1963 that a running back wasn't drafted in the opening round. North Carolina's Giovani Bernard is also a potential top 50 pick, but is not viewed as a first-round candidate. Lacy rushed for 321 yards and four touchdowns to help Alabama win the SEC Championship Game and BCS title game. The redshirt junior finished his career with 2402 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns on 355 carries. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/14/2013 - Running back Eddie Lacy and defensive back Dee Milliner announced they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft on Friday. Right tackle D.J. Fluker is also entering the draft.
Lacy projects to be a second-third round pick. He battled nagging foot and leg injuries at the start of the 2012 season, but got stronger as the year went on. The Geismar, La. Native had his two best games of the year on the biggest stages; he earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Southeastern Conference Championship game (181 yards and two touchdowns) and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the BCS National Championship game (140 rushing yards and two total touchdowns). Lacy said the thought of returning entered his mind, but his long-term health was the biggest factor.
The redshirt junior finished his career with 2402 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns on 355 carries. Lacy said he submitted paper to the NFL Draft Advisory Board before the national title game and was projected as a second round pick at best. - Marquavius Burnett, The Crimson White
01/11/2013 - Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker announced on Thursday that they will forego their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. All three project as potential top-40 selections in April. Lacy is rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 running back and No. 43 prospect overall. He will compete with Giovani Bernard and a few others to be the first running back off the board, likely in the second-round range. Although overshadowed at times this season by true freshman T.J. Yeldon, Lacy was strong down the stretch, with a career-high 181 rushing yards against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game followed by 140 rushing yards in the BCS title game, earning Offensive Player of the Game honors. He finished the 2012 season with 1,322 rushing yards on 204 carries (6.5 average) and 17 touchdowns, earning First Team All-SEC honors.
At 220 pounds, Lacy has the power to run over defenders but also shows the fluid feet to sidestep defenders and accelerate downfield. He runs tough and determined with an angry attitude to finish each carry and gain yardage. While not quite as highly regarded as his predecessors, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, Lacy projects as a starting running back in the NFL, similar to a more agile Michael Bush-type. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/08/2013 - And the Crimson Tide just keeps rolling on. Alabama dominated Notre Dame on Monday night to win its third BCS national championship in the last four years. Entering the game No. 2 in the rankings, the Tide scored on its first three possessions and never let up in crushing the No. 1 Irish 42-14 before a packed house of 80,120 in Sun Life Stadium and a national television audience. Alabama led 35-0 before the Irish managed to score their first touchdown late in the third quarter. The Tide answered with a 14-play, 86-yard touchdown drive. The Irish then tacked on their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter to keep the Tide from challenging USC's 55-19 bashing of Oklahoma in 2004 as the biggest rout in 15 championship games during the BCS era. Alabama finished the season with a 13-1 record. Notre Dame ended 12-1. Junior running back Eddie Lacy, one of two 1,000-yard rushers for the Tide in the regular season, earned offensive MVP honors after rushing for 140 yards on 20 carries. Alabama's other top running back, freshman T.J. Yeldon, finished with 108 yards on 21 rushes as the Tide gained 264 of their 529 total yards on the ground. - The Sports Xchange
01/07/2013 - Scouting the Alabama running game: With perhaps the nation's top offensive line fronting for it, Alabama is consistently able to wear down even the top opponents by running between the tackles. In junior Eddie Lacy (1,182 yards) and freshman T.J. Yeldon (1,000), the Tide not only have two 1,000-yard rushers, but two styles. Lacy is a power back who can also play with finesse have you seen his spin move? and Yeldon is a speed guy who also has enough power to grind out tough yardage. There's not a weak link on the line, which has NFL size and might someday be known for putting all five players in the play-for-pay league. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, Jr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Alabama football
12/01/2012 - It will be remembered as the "Run, Lacy, run," SEC Championship Game as University of Alabama fans haven't screamed for rushing plays like this since "Forrest Gump" came out in 1994. But when the Crimson Tide finally did run Saturday at the Georgia Dome, it couldn't be stopped. Junior running back Eddie Lacy accumulated 185 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns, and Alabama found a way to survive for a gut-wrenching 32-28 victory over Georgia to win coach Nick Saban's fourth league title.
Consequently, Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) will return to the BCS Championship Game to try to win its third crystal football in four years, this time against No. 1 Notre Dame in Miami on Jan. 7. Even though the Crimson Tide set an SEC Championship Game record with 353 rushing yards, it wasn't easy. A low-scoring first half turned into a relative barnburner as Alabama rallied from a 21-10 deficit, outscoring Georgia 22-7 in the final 19 minutes. AJ McCarron's 45-yard touchdown pass to freshman Amari Cooper with 3:15 left proved to be the game-winner. - The Sports Xchange
11/17/2012 - Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns, AJ McCarron set Alabama's single-season record for passing TDs and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide routed Western Carolina 49-0 on Saturday. Alabama (10-1) rebounded from a loss to No. 9 Texas A&M by building a 42-0 halftime lead against the Catamounts (1-10), a Football Championship Subdivision team with two wins in as many seasons. It was Alabama's third shutout this year. McCarron completed all six of his attempts for 133 yards and his 21st touchdown before exiting midway through the second quarter. Lacy ran for 99 yards on 10 carries with two 7-yard touchdowns and a 3-yarder. Neither played after halftime.
Cornerback Deion Belue returned a fumble 57 yards in the final seconds before halftime. The 42 points were the most Alabama had scored in the first half since producing the same amount against Georgia State on Nov. 18, 2010. Still hoping for a shot at a second straight national title, the Tide can secure a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 5 Georgia with a victory over rival Auburn. - AP Sports
11/17/2012 - If it wasn't bad enough that Alabama was ranked fourth in the nation, Western Carolina also had the misfortune of visiting Bryant-Denny Stadium following a Crimson Tide loss. The reigning national champions took it out on the Football Championship Subdivision team. Junior running back Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and freshman running back T.J. Yeldon one as Alabama amassed 338 total yards in the first half en route to a 49-0 victory on Saturday. "We wanted the guys to play to a standard, which in the last couple of weeks we haven't played to," coach Nick Saban said at halftime. "I think we've done that today. "We just have to keep doing it and play for 60 minutes, which is another standard we have around here regardless of who is playing in the game."
About the only thing that went Western Carolina's way was Alabama sophomore Christion Jones fumbling a punt return in the final minute of the first half at his own 29. However, when the Catamounts tried a play-action lateral to reserve quarterback Eddie Sullivan, he dropped it, with junior cornerback Deion Belue picking up the loose ball and returning it 57 yards for a touchdown.
Consequently, Alabama's final dress rehearsal for its annual rivalry game with Auburn had more of a scrimmage feel, especially with the empty seats in the half-full student section. Even with the estimate of 75,000 fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium (102,000-plus capacity), it was a smaller crowd than any A-Day spring game since Saban arrived in 2007. - The Sports Xchange
10/13/2012 - Nick Saban came off the field Saturday and sized up the afternoon for No. 1 Alabama. "It was tough sledding out there today, guys," the Crimson Tide coach said. The thing is, he was speaking more about the weather than the opponent. "For the conditions, I was pleased with the balance that we had," he said. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave Alabama a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season and the duo combined for five scores as Alabama beat Missouri 42-10 in a soggy, lightning-delayed game. The Crimson Tide had a season high 533 total yards and held Missouri to 129 yards -- and just 3 yards rushing. "Basically the offensive line came out and they dominated," Lacy said. "I mean, every time we made a big run it was because they made a big hole for us." Center Barrett Jones put it like this: "Probably the best we played all year, given we had a break." The first matchup of head coaches who were former Kent State teammates was no contest, with Alabama pummeling a team hampered by injuries at quarterback and the offensive line. The defending national champion Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) led 21-0 late in the first quarter en route to their 10th straight victory, all by 19 or more points. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel needed no convincing that the Tigers had been steamrolled by a most deserving No. 1. "That is maybe the best team I have ever seen," he said. - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - No. 1 Alabama got everything but the shutout. AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and the Crimson Tide routed Florida Atlantic 40-7 on Saturday. Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a touchdown in the final minutes. "We try to pride ourselves always on people not scoring on our defense," Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner said. "We try to get zero and have no one score on us. That's a big accomplishment for us. They got in, at the end, one touchdown, but we still had a great game." The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. They were coming off a 56-20 loss to another Southeastern Conference power, No. 5 Georgia. Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini called Alabama "as physical a team as there is out there." "That's not Georgia we faced today, that's Alabama -- it's very different, "Pelini said. "Different scheme-wise. I think they're more physical than Georgia. You know, I don't compare teams but they're just different. They play differently. They pressure more than Georgia did. They're physical in their man coverage." This one was even more one-sided for the 50-point underdogs. McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history. - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - The only question Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium was whether the University of Alabama's shutout streak would survive against Florida Atlantic. Nope, but it was close. With the Owls finally reaching the end zone with 2:49 remaining, the Crimson Tide just missed becoming the first team since Kansas State in 1995 to post three consecutive shutouts. Otherwise, No. 1 Alabama totally dominated, giving up just one first down through the first three quarters and had more than 500 yards of total offense in the 40-7 victory. Junior quarterback AJ McCarron had three touchdown passes and junior running back Eddie Lacy ran for 106 yards on 15 carries, all in the first half, to lead the Alabama offense. The Crimson Tide needed just four plays to reach the end zone with junior Kenny Bell's 85-yard catch, the sixth longest touchdown reception in program history. Sophomores DeAndrew White and Christion Jones had the other two touchdown catches, both 4 yards. In contrast, most of FAU's offense (75 of 110 yards) came on its touchdown drive against Alabama's reserves, when Graham Wilbert connected with Alex Deleon for a 6-yard touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
09/17/2012 - 09/17/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 3. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: With Trent Richardson off to the NFL, junior Eddie Lacy was the incumbent running back in Tuscaloosa and the expected bell-cow to follow in the footsteps of Richardson and Mark Ingram. But when true freshman T.J. Yeldon had a coming-out party at Cowboys Stadium in the season-opening win over Michigan, Lacy started to become an afterthought. However, Lacy regained some momentum this past Saturday with three rushing touchdowns in the first half against Arkansas. He has a thickly-built body and runs with outstanding power and balance, making his listed size (5-10 and 220 pounds) seem like an injustice to his rumbling run style. A very hungry player, Lacy delivers a pop to defenders at the point of impact and is not easy to bring down, dragging tacklers and picking up a lot of tough yards. He has quick feet for a big man and anticipates hits well to adjust his frame in order to stay upright, something that Ingram did so well in college. Lacy will struggle at times to consistently lower his pads and run small between the tackles, making himself a large target for defenders to strike. Through three games so far in 2012, Lacy and Yeldon are knotted-up with 30 carries each, but the true freshman has 65 more rushing yards than Lacy (191 to 126). However Lacy is used to playing around talented running backs and makes the most out of each opportunity. Scouts believe he's a top-100 pick, but in order to get into the top-50 discussion, Lacy will need more performances like this past weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/2012 - Though it isn't quite unanimous, Alabama's hold on the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll is getting stronger every week. The Crimson Tide received 54 of 59 first-place votes this week, inheriting most of the top nods from Southern California. LSU, the Tide's SEC West rival, claimed the other five firsts. The Crimson Tide and Tigers meet Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge. Alabama also received 58 of 60 No. 1 votes in the Associated Press media rankings after its road demolition of a short-handed but nevertheless overmatched Arkansas. LSU got the other two first-place votes in AP. USC, which can't seem to solve Pac-12 rival Stanford, fell nine places to No. 12. The Cardinal climbed five spots to No.11 after their prime-time upset of the Trojans. Oregon moved up a spot to No. 3 in the coaches poll. It hosts No. 21 Arizona this week. Florida State, which posted an impressive shutout of its own against Wake Forest, leapffrogged idle Oklahoma to grab the No. 4 position. The Seminoles host No. 9 Clemson this week, the first meeting of top 10 Atlantic Coast Conference teams in five years, according to the league. Though the SEC lost one ranked squad with Arkansas falling out, the conference gained another with the season debut of Mississippi State at No. 23. No. 25 Oklahoma State also returned to the poll after a week's absence. Virginia Tech was the other dropout, falling from the No. 13 position after a loss at previously winless Pittsburgh. - USA TODAY
09/15/2012 - Alabama rolled in the rain to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday in both teams' SEC opener at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The No. 1 ranked and reigning national champion Crimson Tide absolutely dominated all phases while securing five Arkansas turnovers to take a 3-0 record back to Tuscaloosa for next Saturday's nonconference game against Florida Atlantic. Many of the soaked and mostly forlorn 74,617 fans departed before the finish after seeing their Razorbacks, nationally ranked until last week's overtime loss to 30-point underdog Louisiana-Monroe, embarrassed again on national TV. Arkansas is 1-2 going into next Saturday's nonconference home game against Rutgers. The Razorbacks had not been shut out since 1995, 28-0, at LSU. Arkansas lost senior All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson to a head injury during that loss to Louisiana-Monroe and Wilson, although dressed, was withheld against Alabama. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Allen, and junior Brandon Mitchell, a former quarterback moved to wide receiver and back, struggled to accrue only 137 yards of offense against an Alabama defense that swamped Big Ten power Michigan, 41-14, two games ago. The Tide rolled with equal ease, rushing for 213 yards and passing for 225 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2012 - Eddie Lacy helped Alabama open Southeastern Conference play in style. Lacy ran for three touchdowns and the No. 1 Crimson Tide forced five turnovers in a 52-0 win over Arkansas. The win is Alabama's 21st straight to open conference play. Vinnie Sunseri and Haha Clinton-Dix had interceptions against the Razorbacks, who played without quarterback Tyler Wilson because he had a head injury in last week's loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The shutout was the second straight for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The last time Alabama, which has now forced 12 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980. AJ McCarron was 11 of 16 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown. Arkansas (1-2, 0-1) had just 44 yards of total offense at halftime and 137 for the game. The Razorbacks were held scoreless in Razorback Stadium for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Baylor in 1966. Alabama, which struggled at times offensively in last week's 35-0 win over Western Kentucky, had no such problems against a reeling Arkansas team. The Crimson Tide allowed six sacks of McCarron last week, but none against the Razorbacks -- gaining 438 yards off total offense. Lacy had two touchdowns in the first half, helping Alabama to a 24-0 halftime lead. His 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Crimson Tide up 31-0, and he finished with 55 yards rushing on 12 carries. - AP Sports
09/14/2012 - RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is not 100 percent but figures to play anyway. He's been limited to nine carries in each of the first two games and it's not clear how much work he'll receive at Arkansas, although Jalston Fowler's injury could lead to more playing time. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2012 - RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) worked in practice Monday but was heavily taped. Lacy, who rushed nine times for 35 yards against Michigan before leaving in the first half, isn't a sure bet to play against Western Kentucky. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: Eddie Lacy, Alabama: He was thought to be the top replacement for departed RB Trent Richardson. He might still be, but freshman RB T.J. Yeldon stole the show in Saturday night's 41-14 win over Michigan. Lacy had nine carries for 35 yards and a touchdown, but Yeldon led the way with 11 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. At the very least, it looks like Lacy, a junior, will be splitting a lot of the carries with the talented freshman. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky, 3:40 p.m. ET (SEC Network). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/01/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Alabama vs. Michigan, Sept. 1 -- In Arlington, Texas, the Crimson Tide open their second national title defense in three years against a Wolverine program which believes they're on the expressway to national prominence. It's the prime-time game of the week in college football, which is a big deal in any case. When you make it two of the sport's most storied programs and put them under the Jerry Dome, you have the makings of an early season classic. KEYS TO THE GAME: Alabama's defense must be disciplined against Michigan senior QB Denard Robinson and not allow him outside the pocket, where he's capable of making plays with his arm or feet. While he's improved his passing over the last three years, the Tide would still take their chances with him as a pocket passer. Offensively, Alabama will ask its talented, experienced line to establish the scrimmage line and wear down the Wolverines as the game progresses. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Eddie Lacy -- Back at 100 percent after battling through turf toe for most of last season, Lacy is capable of keeping the Crimson Tide from suffering much drop-off after the departure of Trent Richardson. A big back who can also use the spin move to make people miss, Lacy will get about 20-to-25 chances per game to prove his worth to the offense. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. RB Eddie Lacey...Though he's never had more than 13 attempts in a single game over his career, Lacey enters his junior season having already rushed for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns against quality competition. He has the leg drive to push the pile and keeps his legs churning through contact, often resulting in broken tackles. Lacey reads his blocks nicely, showing enough lateral agility to avoid defenders as well as the burst to stick his foot in the ground and accelerate through gaps quickly. He's a well-built back but shows good balance (including a spin move) and athleticism (leaping ability) to surprise defenders anticipating that all he has is power. To fully capitalize on his opportunity, Lacy will need to stay healthy as he's been hampered at times with foot injuries (ankle sprains, turf toe) and put the ball on the ground a few times early in his career. Lacy is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated running back. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. RB Eddie Lacey...Lacey isn't likely to follow Richardson and Mark Ingram into the first round but he's shown enough natural running skills to go along with his bullish frame to prove he's hardly just a product of Alabama's terrific offensive line. Lacey redshirted in 2009 but quickly flashed star potential once given an opportunity. In his first collegiate game (San Jose State) Lacey rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns (on only 13 carries) and he ended the year in similar fashion against a talented Michigan State squad in the Capital One Bowl by rushing for 86 yards, including touchdown scampers of 62 and 12 yards. He emerged as the top backup behind Richardson in 2011, finishing second on the team with 674 yards (averaging 7.1 per attempt!) and seven touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 139 yards. With Richardson now the focal point of the Cleveland Browns' offense, Lacey will get his opportunity to shine in 2012 and he appears poised to enjoy a spectacular breakout campaign. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/03/2012 - Nick Saban says this Alabama team had probably the best results from the summer physical test of any group he's coached. The defending national champion Crimson Tide returned to the practice field Friday to start fall camp trying to replace four NFL first-round draft picks and seven starters on defense. The veterans practiced in the morning and the newcomers work in the evening. Saban says the results from the annual test of sprints and bench press shows that Tide players have invested themselves in summer workouts. He says running back Eddie Lacy isn't limited in workouts after toe surgery that kept him out of spring practices. Lacy is expected to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson. Saban says the camp's biggest goal is to see how well newcomers develop roles. - AP Sports
08/03/2012 - Eddie Lacy's been waiting for this day since he took his last carry in January's BCS National Championship game. Lacy, who has spent the past two years waiting his turn behind Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson, didn't see any action during the spring because of a nagging toe injury. He wore his uniform at A-Day, but he never crossed the white lines. Today, at Alabama's first practice of the fall, Lacy was back in his comfort zone and looking very healthy. - Andrew Gribble, Tuscaloosa Bureau, The Birmingham News
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RB Eddie Lacy (43), Alabama, Jr., has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Alabama football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Alabama football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Eddie Lacy (Jr.), Alabama, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. - Doak Walker Award
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club
05/23/2012 - RB Eddie Lacy (surgery) sat out the spring after having a nagging turf toe repaired. Lacy was a perfect complement to Trent Richardson, rushing for 631 yards despite being injured in late September and not being 100 percent for the season's remainder. - The Sports Xchange
05/15/2012 - TWELVE PLAYERS WHOSE NUMBERS COULD EXPLODE IN 2012: Eddie Lacy, Alabama - The math here is simple. Lacy carried the ball 95 times for 674 yards last season and now Trent Richardson's 283 carries must be reapportioned amongst the remaining Tide backs. Most likely, a large chunk of those carries will go to Lacy, who should-conservatively-top the 200 carry mark (provided he stays healthy). That means if he averages just 6.1 yards per carry instead of the 7.1 he averaged last year, he's looking at a minimum of 1,220 yards on the ground. He's not the talent that Richardson is, but if he carries as much as Richardson did last year, he'll be a Heisman candidate in the Tide's run-heavy offense. - Heismanpundit.com
05/14/2012 - SCOUTING THE ALABAMA OFFENSE: McCarron went from being a guy who the coaches tried to protect to a guy that they allowed to go win games at the end, as was the case in the Sugar Bowl, when he completed 23-of-34 passes on the great LSU defense. With new coordinator Doug Nussmeier's willingness to open up the offense and a year of experience, expect McCarron to shoulder even more of the load this season. A healthy Eddie Lacy could team with redshirt freshman Dee Hart to provide quite a 1-2 punch at tailback. The team has good wide receivers and a potential NFL star at tight end in Michael Williams, but no true No. 1 pass-catcher yet. The line should be this team's biggest strength with four returning starters, including Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones. - The Sports Xchange