Zaslal: út 09. říjen, 2018 8:23 Předmět: Leonard Fournette will embarrass Alabama
Alabama probably will shutdown Leonard Fournetteagain and beatLSUfor a sixth consecutive time Saturday. ButFournette probably (easily) willoutrush the Crimson Tide's running back productsin the NFL.Although the impact of Nick Saban'sdefensive standouts can be felt around the entire league, theres no question Baton Rougeboasts the better active pro rushers.MORE: Week 10 College Football PicksConsidering the lofty pedigree of the Saban-erabacks from 'Bama, they have been mostly hugedisappointmentsin the NFL. Meanwhile, LSUhas seen itsfar le s touted backs overachieve. And the Tide have hit a newlow this season.Eddie Lacy was still working his way out of the doghouse in Green Bay whenhe went down with anankle injury. Mark Ingramgot benched in New Orleans after fumbles piled on top of a plodding season. T.J. Yeldon is doing his bestTrent Richardson impre sion in Jacksonville. Ben Garland Jersey Kenyan Drakecant even get on the field in Miami.At this point, it'spretty muchall on Derrick Henry, the reigning Heisman Trophywinner, to carry the flag whenhe getsopportunities for regular touches. Fornow, though, hes a rookie Titans backstruggling to cut intoDeMarco Murray's workload.Before Fournette, and before coach Les Mileswas let go this year, these were the backs from his recruiting cla ses to have notable NFLcareers: Stevan Ridley, Jeremy Hill, Spencer Ware and Alfred Blue.Ridley, signed by the Falcons forinsurance last week, is a wash vs. Richardson, a free agent. They both had one good season, 2012, in the NFL.Taking them out of the equation, heres how the numbers look in 2016.Alabama's NFL RBs in 2016: Lacy: 71 carries, 360 yards; fourcatches, 28 yards Ingram: 89 carries, 338 yards, TD;22 catches, Matt Ryan Jersey 154 yards, twoTDs Yeldon: 63 carries, 220 yards, TD; 24 catches, 142 yards Henry: 53 carries, 221 yards, TD; ninecatches, 107 yards Drake: 15 carries, 68 yards, TD; sixcatches, 33 yards Total: 291 carries,1,207 yards (4.1 ypc), fourTDs; 89 catches, Game Vic Beasley Men's Jersey 464 yards, twoTDsLSU's NFL RBs in 2016: Hill: 104 carries,515 yards, fiveTDs; sevencatches,61 yards Ware: 102 carries,511 yards, twoTDs; 17 catches,313 yards, TD Blue: 39 carries,202 yards; onecatch,4 yards Total: 245 carries,1,228 yards (5.0 ypc), sevenTDs;25 catches,378 yards, TDIts interesting how the sample sizes aresomewhat similar, and its clear the trio from the Tigers trumps the five from the Tide. Then you consider Hill is in a timeshare, Ware is a replacement workhorse and Blue is a pure backup.Lacy and Ingram were tabbed for big workloadsbut couldnt handle them. Yeldon had a backfield all to himself early, but he has sputteredinto his split with Chris Ivory. Drake was too nicked to take advantage of whatonce was a wide-open committee. Henry hasnt been trusted as more than a change of pace.There are other factors, such as quality ofblocking and balance ofpa sing games. Lacys Packers and Ingrams Saints went into the season with top-rated lines andelite QBs. Yeldon and Drakehave lacked anything close to thatcombination. Henryhas agreat young line but lacks the opportunity.MORE: Week 9 NFL Kickoff: A look aheadAmong the LSUguys, only Hill went in with a reliable, healthy line, but the Vic Beasley Jersey Bengalshave struggled more than expected up front. Ware (Chiefs)and Blue (Texans)have each worked with reshuffled, banged-up blockers playing off limited pa sing offenses.In college, Alabama has consistently had the better run-blocking group compared to that of LSU. Tide backs, however, have tended to suffer a lot of wear and tear through power running. They are known for absorbing morecontactwith that higher volume. Although 'Bama has mixed a couple of those backs in various combinations, consider that Hill, Ware and Blue were all once part of a five-man committee in 2012. The fresher legs are paying off now.And that's the one concern forFournette. Hegot 300 carries last season and isgetting a lot of touches again in 2016 despite an ankle injury thatcaused him to mi s three games.Looking at the way HIlland Ware have run at times in relation to the others this season, they've shownexplosive bursts to go along withtough yards between the tackles. Fournette can Geaux evenfurther with that style as an unquestioned immediate feature back, a la Todd Julio Jones Black Limited Jersey Gurley and Ezekiel Elliottin the preceding drafts.Fournette probably willleaveLSU early without a Heisman, further hurt by beingrendered a limited factor against the Tide. But hes built to keep the Tigers rolling as the more efficient RB U inthe NFL.
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