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T.J. Yeldon will join Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry in a crowded Alabama backfield. (AP photo)

T.J. Yeldon will join Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry in a crowded Alabama backfield. (AP photo)

Alabama has turned out some pretty good tailbacks recently.

You know the names: Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy.

It didn’t take new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin long to proclaim that this year’s backfield is … let’s just say he thinks it’s pretty good.

“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks. … There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama,” Kiffin said at a speaking engagement over the weekend.

We’ve all seen what T.J. Yeldon , Kenyan Drake (who is from Hillgrove in Powder Springs) and Derrick Henry can do. And Kiffin has a responsibility to talk up his guys, but to compare them with the group of backs on NFL rosters is hyperbole, at the least.

Yeldon rushed for 1,294 yards and 14 TDs in 2013, Drake had 694 yards, averaging 7.5 yards a carry, and Henry was spectacular in the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, rushing for 100 yards and a TD and taking a pass 61 yards for another score.

Those backs might be heavily relied on if Alabama can’t find a QB from FSU transfer Jacob Coker, Blake Sims (Gainesville) or Cooper Batemen.

“I thought it was really nice of (FSU) coach (Jimbo) Fisher,” Kiffin said at the engagement, right before Fisher took the stage.. “We want to thank you for giving up your backup quarterback to us. Appreciate that. It must be nice to be that loaded.”


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