Notre Dame Opponent Player Preview: Eddie Lacy

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) runs the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the third quarter of the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Lacy is Alabama’s leading rusher with 1,182 yards rushing on 184 attempts. At 6’0″ 220, Lacy is a bruising Running Back from Geismar, Louisiana. He has a 6.42 yard average. His best game came in the SEC Championship Game when he rushed for 181 yards on 20 carries (9.05 yard average). He is the more experienced part of Alabama’s one-two punch at Running Back.

Lacy is also an option out of the backfield in the passing game. He has caught 20 passes for 172 yards or an 8.60 yard average. His best game was against Mississippi State when he caught 4 passes for 51 yards and 1 touchdown.

Coming out of high school, Lacy was the 116th best recruit and 13th best Running Back nationally according to Rivals.com. He was a 4-star recruit. He also had offers from Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Notre Dame has only faced one Running Back of similar size and speed. This was Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor who rushed for 102 yards on 28 carries (3.6 yard average). Lacy is probably more powerful than Taylor. Irish Defenders will need to be careful to bring their fundamentals in bring Lacy down because he breaks many arm tackles. This is why he was so successful against Georgia. The Bulldog Defense simply did not get physical enough when confronting the challenge that Lacy posed.

In 13 games, Lacy has 16 touchdowns on the season. Notre Dame has only allowed 2 rushing touchdowns. The battle between Notre Dame’s Redzone Defense and Eddie Lacy could be critical. If Notre Dame can force field goals, they can keep themselves in the game. If Lacy can score touchdowns, he can bring Alabama their third National Title in four years. Who will win this battle?

Topics: Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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