Found September 02, 2012 on

No. 2Alabama (1-0, 0-0) 41
No. 8 Michigan (0-1, 0-0) 14


T. J. Yeldon was incredible for Alabama on Saturday night.

1. T. J. Yeldon is the next Richardson, Ingram for Alabama
True freshman running back T. J. Yeldon was the star of Alabama’s opening season victory against Michigan. He ran for 111 yards on only 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Although Eddie Lacy, Dee Hart, and Jalston Fowler were effective, the trio only managed a total of 121 rushing yards on 26 carries. Yeldon was a lot more effective, which leads me to believe that he may take over the starting role for the Crimson Tide soon. Yeldon received more carries than any other Alabama running back, including the more experienced Lacy. It says a lot when Nick Saban trusts a true freshman to carry the ball in the opening weekend’s marquee game.  Jerry Jones’ masterpiece of a stadium was not too big for Yeldon, who quickly became the headline player in the ballgame.

2. We did not learn a lot about the Alabama secondary in this game
Don’t get me wrong, the Alabama defense looked incredible in this ballgame, but we did not find out a lot about the new, inexperienced Crimson Tide secondary. When this game was scheduled, I knew we probably would not. Michigan did not attempt many deep passes and when the Wolverines did try to complete a long pass, quarterback Denard Robinson was unable to hit open receivers. The Wolverines are the type of team that struggles against Alabama. Michigan came in one dimensional—technically, dependent on a single player and not even a single facet of the offense–and Nick Saban shut down that one dimension very quickly. Robinson ran for only 27 yards and completed only 11 passes while throwing two interceptions. Alabama has to be happy from the play of its defense, but we will learn a lot more in a couple of weeks when the Crimson Tide travel to Arkansas to take on Tyler Wilson and the Hogs passing attack.

3. Denard Robinson will not win the Heisman Trophy
This is more of a prediction that a fact, but after completing less than half of his passes against Alabama, I am ready to say that Denard Robinson will not win the Heisman Trophy. Robinson may be a finalist, but he has too much ground to make up after showing his inaccuracies passing the football against one of the game’s premiere defenses. If you do not believe me, check out Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez’s statline. He, like Robinson, has always struggled as a passer, but threw five touchdowns in his season opener against Southern Miss today. Robinson needed to be accurate tonight to have a shot and he wasn’t. Credit Alabama for that.


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