2013 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - RBs
Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon
Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 6, 2013


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 BCS Championship.

2013 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. Notre Dame - RBs

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CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
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Alabama: The Tide was fortunate enough to have the rare case of replacing a Heisman winner with someone better. Mark Ingram was terrific, but Trent Richardson was the more talented back, and he did what he needed to do late to win the 2012 BCS championship. Alabama doesn’t have an Ingram or Richardson, but there’s still a ton of talent to make the ground game go.

As good as Richardson was, 6-0, 220-pound junior Eddie Lacy might be even more explosive averaging 7.1 yards per carry with 674 yards and seven score to go along with 11 catches for 131 yards last season, and 6.4 yards a pop this year on his way to 1,182 yards and 16 touchdowns including a 181-yard day against Georgia in eh SEC championship.

Electric whenever he had the ball in his hands, especially for his size, he’s fast and slippery with a great array of moves to crank out the extra yard when needed. Considered to be every bit the star recruit that Richardson was, he stayed relatively healthy this year and showed the talent to be yet another star back for the Tide.

Lacy will be the main man, but the best player on the field could be freshman T.J. Yeldon, a 6-2, 210-pound Alabama Mr. Football who tore off 2,193 yards and 31 scores averaging 9.5 yards per carry last season and also flashed some nice hands as a receiver. The superstar recruit took the season by storm running for 1,000 yards with 11 scores averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He destroyed Tennessee and Missouri and ran for 153 yards and a score against Georgia – the moment won’t be too big for him.

Notre Dame: The Irish running game goes with a three-man attack, and that doesn’t include quarterback Everett Golson, who’s a threat to take off for decent yards every time he has an opening.

The best pure runner on the lot is senior Cierre Wood, a former superstar recruit who could’ve gone anywhere after rushing for 2,612 yards and 34 touchdowns as a high school junior, and with 1,632 yards and 20 scores as a senior. The 6-0, 215-pounder followed up a promising 603-yard, three touchdown sophomore campaign with the Irish by running for a team-leading 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns with 27 catches for 189 yards in 2011. This season he ran his way to 740 yards and four touchdowns with a nice blend of speed and power through the hole. He’s a steadying force for the offense, but he doesn’t get used much around the goal line and wasn’t a big part of the mix in the win over USC.

Meanwhile, 5-11, 199-pound senior Theo Riddick went from being a receiver over the last few years, finishing third on the team with 38 catches for 436 yards and three scores in 2011, to a speed runner, destroying the Trojans for 146 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Extremely quick, he’s more of an outside runner and outlet target out of the backfield making 35 catches for 364 yards and a score.

While Riddick is quick, sophomore George Atkinson III is really, really fast. The son of the former Oakland Raider defensive back by the same name, Atkinson has elite, California state high school track star wheels, showing them off as a kickoff returner and a jack-or-all-trades. 123 of his 361 rushing yards came against Miami, and he only ran 51 times on the season, but the 6-1, 210-pounder has the athleticism and skills to give the Tide a hard time.

ADVANTAGE: Alabama, but not by much. The combination of Wood and Riddick is dangerous, while Atkinson is a deadly wild-card the Bama defensive front has to account for. However, Lacy and Yeldon are special backs with more talent and a better offensive line to work behind.

CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches