Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon (4) carries the ball past Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Michael Gilliard (35) and Kwame Geathers (99) during the third quarter in the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Opponent Player Preview: T.J. Yeldon

The 6-2, 216 lbs. Running Back T.J. Yeldon burst on to scene this year with a 1000-yard season. The former 5-star Running Back from Daphne, Alabama was extremely important to the SEC Champion this season. Yeldon had the great 28-yard reception against LSU to win the game.

T.J. Yeldon does not look like a Freshman physically. He more resembles a college Junior who has been seasoned through multiple years in a college weight program. Yeldon is able to combine speed and power beautifully just like his running mate Eddie Lacy.

This season, T.J. Yeldon has rushed for exactly 1000-yards on 154 carries. This gives Yeldon a 6.54 average. He has added 11 touchdowns to his century total. Yeldon’s 76.92 yards per game is impressive considering he splits carries with Eddie Lacy.

Unlike A.J. McCarron, T.J. Yeldon has actually stepped up his game against the AP Top 25. Against those teams, Yeldon is averaging 92.25 yards per game. In the SEC Championship game against Georgia, T.J. Yeldon had 25 carries for 153 yards.

Yeldon is a rare talent who was thoroughly prepared for College Football in his first season. He is a part of a backfield that gained 2920 yards on the ground this year. Notre Dame will need to stop Yeldon and Lacy if they want to beat the Crimson Tide. When Yeldon is on the field, Notre Dame may be able to confuse the talented but inexperienced Running Back with different Defensive fronts. Notre Dame ranks 4th in nation in Rushing Defense at 92.42 yards per game. The battle between Yeldon and his teammates and Notre Dame’s front seven is the classic battle between an unstoppable force and an unmovable object.

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