Its been a pillar of Alabamas success under Nick Saban. Along with a devastating defense, the Crimson Tide have been defined by a deep, potent running game.
What began with Terry Grant and Glen Coffee has seen the pieces change but the domination stay the same. Out steps Grant and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram picks up the load; Coffees departure gave way to Trent Richardson; and after Ingram, Eddie Lacy has delivered.
These days, the running game is in the hands of Lacy, a junior, and freshman T.J. Yeldon, and its business as usual in Tuscaloosa.
It's always been our goal to play two guys -- not always equally, but fairly equally to where both guys have a better chance to sustain the season at a high level and are productive throughout, Saban said.
That philosophy has certainly paid off.
Since Sabans arrival in 2007, the Crimson Tide have had two running backs run for at least 545 yards every season, and had three 1,000-yard rushers in that span. Lacy and Yeldon a...