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11/15/14 - Alabama 25, Mississippi State 20...Make room in the top four for Alabama. The Crimson Tide, which sits at No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, knocked off No. 1 Mississippi State, 25-20, on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama (9-1, 6-1 in the SEC) controlled the game throughout, leading wire-to-wire over the nation's top-ranked team. Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1) added a late touchdown to make the score closer, but could not recover the onside kick.
After putting up 19 points in the first half, Alabama's offense managed only one touchdown in the final 30 minutes. But it was the drive that proved more important than the points. The Crimson Tide's offense struggled in the third quarter, doing its defense no favors. But when it mattered most, the Tide put together a 15-play, 76-yard drive that took 6:07 off the clock and gave Alabama a 25-13 lead. The drive was capped by a seven-yard run by running back T.J. Yeldon, who played on a gimpy ankle but had 72 yards on 16 carries. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. RB T.J. Yeldon, Junior...The first back in school history to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in each of his first two seasons on campus, Yeldon offers better lateral agility and straight-line speed than predecessors Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and if he can cure his fumbling problems (and hold off the other talented backs on this roster), he could be the latest 'Bama back to join the first round party. Yeldon has a taller, leaner build than most backs and his size may play a role in the deceptive speed and agility which makes him so successful. He's quick to the hole but shows good vision for cutback lanes, showing the ability to plant his foot into the ground and explode to ruin pursuit angles. Yeldon accelerates quickly and has good top-end speed for breakaways.
While Yeldon clearly possesses natural running ability there are some areas in which the junior must improve to warrant a potential early jump to the NFL. Yeldon runs high, exposing the ball to contact (five fumbles in 2013) and remains a work in progress as a pass blocker. He's the most polished of Alabama's stable of backs but not necessarily the most gifted and must enjoy a strong 2014 campaign to earn the high draft selection most fans assume is assured. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/14 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)...Yeldon has played in 26 career games with 11 starts … set Alabama freshman records for rushing yards (1,108) and equaled Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram’s freshman record of 12 rushing touchdowns and enters his junior season with 2,343 career rushing yards with 26 touchdowns and a 6.1 yards per carry average. - Alabama football
08/08/14 - 2014 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: T.J. Yeldon (Jr.), Alabama...Yeldon has played in 26 career games with 11 starts … set Alabama freshman records for rushing yards (1,108) and equaled Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram’s freshman record of 12 rushing touchdowns and enters his junior season with 2,343 career rushing yards with 26 touchdowns and a 6.1 yards per carry average. - Alabama football
08/08/14 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: T.J. Yeldon, Alabama, Running Back, Junior...Stepped into the role of Alabama’s No. 1 running back, replacing current NFL Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy … started 11 games and saw action in 12 (missed Chattanooga with an injury) … first team All- SEC by league coaches and second team by the Associated Press … the Tide’s leading rusher with 1,235 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns … averaged 102.9 yards per game to rank 25th nationally and third in the SEC. - Alabama football