Alabama vs Notre Dame 2013: Eddie Lacy Boosts Draft Stock with Early Dominance

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after running for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In just 30 minutes of football, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy made his accountant a very happy man.

Lacy boosted his NFL Draft stock considerably in Monday's BCS National Championship Game, rushing for 96 yards and one touchdown in the first half alone. Lacy mercilessly shredded Notre Dame's renowned defense, using his massive frame and quick feet to embarrass Manti Te'o and the rest of the Irish.

He also caught two passes for 17 yards and another score.

With his performance, Lacy's bank account will be significantly fatter if he decides to enter the 2013 Draft.

Before the game, the junior was listed as the No. 6 running back prospect by ESPN (insider). But after destroying Notre Dame, Lacy undoubtedly leapfrogged at least a couple other running backs.

Everyone knew that Lacy was a bruising runner. At 6'1", 220 pounds, he is an intimidating presence in the backfield. He also runs with a pleasingly nasty demeanor, as you can clearly see below.

But while Lacy dominated the Irish with his physicality, he also displayed a burst that he did not have throughout the season. That's because Lacy was hobbled with ankle and knee injuries for the entire season, which zapped his explosiveness and made him almost exclusively a power back.

Despite the injuries, Lacy still rushed for 1,182 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season. Even more impressively, he produced those numbers while splitting carries with freshman phenom T.J. Yeldon.

Lacy split carries with Yeldon again on Monday, and he certainly made the most of them. With his dominant performance, he catapulted himself up draft boards across the country.

Not bad for 30 minutes of football.