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Alabama's Lacy carrying the pigskin.
Even the casual fan knows that Alabama will miss Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram. When Ingram was crushing defenders with the Crimson Tide, his counterpart was Trent Richardson. Now that Ingram has moved on to the NFL, Richardson will play the role of Batman.
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In 2008, Lacy was not the most sought-after recruit, but he was highly recognized among the scouting circuit in the Deep South. Hailing from Geismar, Louisiana, Lacy chose to ride out his college career with Nick Saban's Crimson Tide over the likes of Tennessee, Oklahoma and LSU.
The Alabama faithful should count their lucky stars that Lacy made such a decision.
Lacy will be listed as a redshirt sophomore upon entering the 2011 season. His style contrasts with that of the incumbent Trent Richardson. This will bode well for an Alabama offense that will look to rely more on the ground attack than in previous years, even though the ground attack has always been the focus of the offense since Saban skipped out on the NFL to take over the 'Bama program.
This ground-pounder was the third wheel behind Ingram and Richardson, but when Ingram was out with an injury early on, Lacy was able to show his abilities. In his first ever collegiate game, Lacy rushed for 111 yards versus San Jose State. He would also score two touchdowns.
Over the next two weeks, Lacy would carry his own weight against Penn State and Duke. In 13 total carries, Lacy rushed for 73 yards and one score, making the most out of the slight opportunities he was given.
This year, he will see a major increase in number of carries. With this increase will come more production and more recognition. Lacy is a name to remember because he will undoubtedly be in the Heisman discussion when the day comes that Richardson leaves Alabama to play on Sundays.
The recurring pattern we are seeing with talented running backs in Tuscaloosa is alarming to the rest of the SEC, but everyone, even Auburn fans, must admit that the prospect of another one-two punch like we have seen with Ingram and Richardson is scary. Not just scary, but "scary tough."