T. J. Yeldon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

T. J. Yeldon
American football player in a crimson jersey and helmet and white pants.
Yeldon (left) with Eddie Lacy against Western Carolina in 2012.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 4
Running backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-10-02) October 2, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Daphne, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career history
High school: Daphne (AL)
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com
 
Jump to: navigation, search
T. J. Yeldon
American football player in a crimson jersey and helmet and white pants.
Yeldon (left) with Eddie Lacy against Western Carolina in 2012.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 4
Running backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-10-02) October 2, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Daphne, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career history
High school: Daphne (AL)
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Timothy Antonio Yeldon, Jr.[1] (born October 2, 1993) is an American football running back for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He is a distant cousin of former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.[2]

Early years[edit]

Yeldon attended Daphne High School in Daphne, Alabama, where he was teammates with Ryan Anderson and was coached by Glenn Vickery. Yeldon first played varsity football as a freshman in 2008, being called up to play slot receiver and contribute on special teams,[1] and recorded 227 rushing yards and one touchdown as well as 131 receiving yards and a score on the season. As a sophomore, Yeldon had 1,121 yards on 201 carries with 34 catches for 361 yards and one TD. He rushed for 148 yards on 24 carries and scored twice in a 41–19 upset of C. J. Mosley's Theodore Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs.[3]

In his junior season, Yeldon totaled 1,112 yards and 18 scores on the ground while also catching a career-best 34 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns. Daphne finished the year with an unbeaten 15–0 record and the 2010 Alabama 6A State Championship, beating the defending champions Hoover Buccaneers, who were on a 21-game winning streak, in the final. Yeldon scored the winnnig touchdown off a 1-yard run with 11 minutes of play remaining.[4][5]

As a senior Yeldon rushed for 2,193 yards on 232 carries with 31 touchdowns and won the Alabama Mr. Football Award over Hueytown's Jameis Winston,[6] becoming the first running back to win the award since Cadillac Williams in 2000.[2] Yeldon was also named a first-team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and second-team USA Today High School All-American. Daphne finished with a 10–2 record, finishing the season with a 3–13 loss to Prattville in the 6A playoffs.[7]

Yeldon was also on the school's track team. He competed as a sprinter and jumper. At the prelims of the 2010 Lionell Newell Track Meet, he ran a career-best time of 11.35 seconds in the 100 meters, placing 12th overall in the finals.[8] He also placed 6th in the long jump at the 2010 Mcgill-Toolen Invitational, with a personal-best mark of 6.08 meters.[9]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Yeldon was listed as the No. 2 running back prospect in his class, behind only Johnathan Gray.[10] Understandably, he had scholarship offers from almost every football powerhouse, including Florida, Oregon, Penn State, and Tennessee. In June 2011, Yeldon verbally committed to Auburn.[11] However, after the end of his senior season, he switched to Auburn's in-state rival Alabama, citing uncertainty over the Tigers' offensive coordinator position following Gus Malzahn's move to Arkansas State.[12] Yeldon enrolled at Alabama in January 2012.[2]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season, Yeldon rushed for 1,108 yards on 154 carries and 12 touchdowns. His season high for the year was 153 yards on December 1, 2012, against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC championship game.[13] He set the freshman record with 1,108 rushing yards, and also tied the touchdown record set by Mark Ingram, Jr. in 2008 with 12. In the 2013 BCS Championship Game Yeldon ran for 110 yards and had one touchdown.

As a sophomore in 2013, Yeldon was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[14] After a 4-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter of Alabama's 49–42 win over Texas A&M, Yeldon mocked Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel with Manziel’s money gesture then made a throat-slashing gesture with both hands. It cost the Tide 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.[15]

Statistics
RushingReceiving
YearTeamAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsTD
2012Alabama1751,1086.34312111311
2013Alabama2071,2356.06814201830
2014Alabama
Career3822,3436.16826313141

References[edit]

External links[edit]