Well, we have hit the seven day mark and in one week, SEC football will be back on Thursday August 30 with South Carolina making the trip to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. We have only a handful of players left to preview in our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days, with some of the elite players in the conference coming next week. Today, we take a look at Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, who steps into the forefront for the defending BCS Champions.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama:
The Alabama Crimson Tide will start the defense of their BCS Title on September 1, when they travel to Dallas, TX to take on the Michigan Wolverines. They will be replacing some key components on defense as only four starters return from a 2011 squad, that ranked number one nationally in total defense. What the Tide loses on defense they gain on offense, as six starters return including four offensive linemen that will form one of the best units in the country. The offense shouldn’t take a step back, even with the loss of running back Trent Richardson, who was the first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. The Tide faithful are hoping that junior running back Eddie Lacy will step in and pick up right where Richardson left off.
Eddie Lacy had a solid junior year in which he saw limited carries due to the dominance of Richardson. He finished the year with 84 carries for 641 yards. Lacy ranked just outside the top 100 nationally averaging 57.4 yards per game. He finished 2011 with seven rushing touchdowns and also caught 11 passes for 131 yards. Lacy brings an added dimension of speed and quickness, compared to the power Richardson displayed. Although he sat out spring practice rehabbing from turf toe, Lacy should be a full speed to open the 2012 season.