T. J. Yeldon

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T. J. Yeldon
American football player in a hat and jersey both with US Army insignia.
Yeldon poses with his Army All-American jersey after receiving his invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in October 2011.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 4
Running backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-10-02) October 2, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Daphne, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Career history
High school: Daphne (AL)

 College(s):

Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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T. J. Yeldon
American football player in a hat and jersey both with US Army insignia.
Yeldon poses with his Army All-American jersey after receiving his invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in October 2011.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 4
Running backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-10-02) October 2, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Daphne, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
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. He played college football at Alabama.

Early years[edit]

Yeldon attended Daphne High School in Daphne, Alabama, where he played football and ran track. 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.[2]

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 winning touchdown off a 1-yard run with 11 minutes of play remaining.[3][4]

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,[5] becoming the first running back to win the award since Cadillac Williams in 2000.[6] 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, where 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,[6] right after the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2012, Yeldon played in all 14 games, sharing time with Eddie Lacy.[13][14][15] In his first college game, Yeldon rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown.[16] His season high for the year was 153 yards against Georgia in the 2012 SEC Championship Game.[17] In the 2013 BCS Championship Game victory over Notre Dame, Yeldon ran for 110 yards and had one touchdown. Yeldon finished the season with 1,108 rushing yards on 175 carries and 12 touchdowns. The 1,108 rushing yards were an Alabama freshman record and his 12 touchdowns tied Mark Ingram, Jr. freshman touchdown record.[18]

After Lacy entered the 2013 NFL Draft, Yeldon became Alabama's starter his sophomore season in 2013. He started 11 of 12 games, missing one game due to injury. Yeldon led the team with 1,235 yards on 207 carries and 14 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[19] Yeldon shared carries with Derrick Henry his junior season in 2014.[20] He played in 13 games, rushing for 979 yards on 194 carries with 11 touchdowns.

After his junior season, Yeldon entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[21][22]

Statistics
RushingReceiving
YearTeamAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsTD
2012Alabama1751,1086.34312111311
2013Alabama2071,2356.06814201830
2014Alabama1949795.03111151801
Career5763,3225.86837464942

Personal[edit]

He is a distant cousin of former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.[6]

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