Wednesday, July 20, 2011
SEC bounce-back players: Alabama
By Edward Aschoff
We head to the SEC West to check out Alabama's players looking for rebound seasons this fall:
Eddie Lacy, RB, So.: Lacy had a pretty productive first season on campus last fall. As the third running back, he carried the ball 56 times for 406 yards and six touchdowns. Not bad at all, but Lacy did have an issue with fumbling at times. Those errors caused coach Nick Saban to lose a little confidence in the youngster. This fall, Lacy's role will expand tremendously. He's now the No. 2 guy in Alabama's backfield and will share the carries with Trent Richardson. His responsibilities increased even more when standout freshman Dee Hart went down with a season-ending knee injury. Lacy has improved on ball security this spring and impressed his coaches with his play, so a lot will be expected from him in 2011.
Jerrell Harris, LB, Sr.: It feels like some people have forgotten about Harris. He played in seven games as a true freshman. As a sophomore that number decreased to six, after being suspended for the first six games of the season. Harris finally hit the double-digit number in games in 2010, playing in 10 and starting three. Alabama's coaches have been waiting for Harris' light to come on and they feel like it was at least flickering this spring. He seems to be buying into the program more and showcased improvements in all phases of his game this spring. There is a lot of talent at linebacker for the Tide and Harris is looking to have a more significant role on defense in his last season at Alabama.