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05/05/15 - If Yeldon does have a fault, it might be in ability to secure the football. He fumbled 10 times in his three-year career, losing it seven times. But most came in his first two years as he fumbled just twice, losing one, during his final season in 2014. Yeldon knows he still has work to do in that area. "People say ball security but I worked on that," Yeldin said when asked what he needs to improve on at the next level. "I wasn't really focused and wasn't holding onto the ball. I did better this year with ball security." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - The Jaguars haven't drafted many running backs in the college draft, taking 11 such backs (not counting fullbacks). But of that group, only four runners were taken in the first three rounds. All four of them had good careers with the Jaguars with Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew finishing their careers as the first and second all-time rushing leaders in franchise history. The Jaguars are hopeful that they found another elite runner with T.J. Yeldon. The former Alabama standout was the No. 36 overall pick in the draft. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said the team had Yeldon ranked as the third best running back in the draft, behind only Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon. Once the latter two went in the first round, Caldwell said the Jaguars zeroed in on Yeldon as "there was a little bit of a drop-off after that." "We felt to get one of those top three guys that we had (ranked that high), would be a win for us," Caldwell said.
In a bit of irony, Jones made the Jaguars' announcement in Chicago of Yeldin as the their second-round pick. Yeldin may be wishing he had someone of Jones' stature in the backfield with him but that won't happen. After Jones was selected in the 2004 draft, he became a fullback where he was a starter for the Jaguars through the 2012 season. But Caldwell had stated earlier that the Jaguars will join 10 other NFL teams who will not have a fullback on their roster in 2015. But with Yeldin's skills, he may not need a lot of blocking help. "He has great vision, really, really great instincts, great anticipation," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "Sometimes when you run zone schemes and gap schemes, you really need to have a guy that knows when to hit it and have patience to let things develop in front of him. That's what you have in him, tremendous instincts. It showed up repeatedly." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 2/36 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, 6-1, 226, Alabama...Yeldon was the third best running back on the Jaguars' draft board and once Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were gone in the first round, Yeldon became a must-get at the top of the second round. The Jaguars feel he can be the foundation to their running game. He has the skills to be a three-down back, has solid pass-catching talents and at 226 is capable of protecting quarterback Blake Bortles when needed. He has the speed (4.61 in the 40) and durability (rushed 576 times for 3,322 yards and 37 TDs in 39 career games) at Alabama. With an upgrade on the offensive line, Yeldon's addition is a significant boost to the Jaguars' running game. - The Sports Xchange
02/16/15 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama...Yeldon battled through nagging ankle and hamstring issues in 2014 and had his least productive season for the Tide, never quite looking like himself. NFL teams will want to know if the medical staff in Indianapolis finds any long-term damage that will be a concern for his pro future. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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