NEW YORK, NY (WIAT) - The Green Bay Packers selected former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with the 61st overall pick in Friday night's 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Lacy had been expected to be the first running back off the board. Three running backs were selected before Lacy. He elected to forego his senior season at Alabama to enter this year's draft. Lacy rushed for 1322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 for the Crimson Tide.
Eddie Lacy Bio (via the University of Alabama):
Eddie Lacy etched his name right next to Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson during his final season at Alabama, completing his career with a National
Championship – his third at the Capstone ... a powerful and dynamic runner, Lacy finished his career with 2,402 yards (11th in school history) and 30 rushing
touchdowns (6th all-time at UA)... played in 38 games at Alabama, starting 14 while averaging 6.8 yards per carry, which is the most in school history among players
with at least 300 career totes ... won the Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award in the spring of 2011 … declared for the 2013 NFL Draft following his redshirt
Assumed the role of the Tide's feature running back en route to earning first-team All-SEC honors ... started all 14 games while rushing for a team-high 1,322 yards
(sixth best total at Alabama) on 204 carries ... his 17 rushing touchdowns were tied for third in the Alabama single-season record books ... averaged a school-record
(minimum 200 carries) 6.5 yards per carry ... 22 receptions for 189 yards and two scores ... 19 total touchdowns equals the sixth most in a single-season in program
history … ranked 40th nationally in rushing with 94.4 yards per game (third in the SEC) ... had a team-best 82 runs that have resulted in a first down or a
touchdown (40.2 percent of his rushes) ... averaged 125.0 all-purpose yards per game over the final 11 games (107.9 for season) ... has 31 "explosive" rushes (12-
plus yards) ... have five 100-yard rushing games, including each of the final three games where he totaled 452 yards rushing and five touchdowns (150.7 ypg) …
Alabama offensive player of the week six times (Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Missouri, Texas A&M, Auburn and Georgia). Michigan: Started his first career game,
rushing for 35 yards and one touchdown ... long rush went for 25 ... converted three rushing first downs and caught one pass for 10 yards. Western Kentucky:
Carried the ball nine times for 36 yards ... broke free on an 18-yard run on the first drive of the game. Arkansas: Named one of the offensive players of the week by
the Alabama coaching staff ... set a career high with three rushing touchdowns ... carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards. Florida Atlantic: Got loose for his first 100-
yard rushing game of the season against the Owls ... ran for 106 yards on only15 carries, all in the first half ... averaged 7.1 yards per carry ... converted first downs
on five carries ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi: Carried the ball a career-high 19 times for 82 yards ...
also caught three passes for 15 yards ... converted three first downs rushing. Missouri: Set a career high with 177 yards on 18 carries ... also equaled his career-best
with three rushing touchdowns while averaging 9.8 yards per carry ... on the second play of the game, broke free for a career-long run of 73 yards ... caught two
passes for 17 yards ... converted six first downs rushing and one passing. Tennessee: Rushed a team-high 17 times for 79 yards, with a long of 14 yards ... converted
five rushing first downs and one receiving for a new set of downs ... matched his career high with three catches for 18 yards ... had 97 all-purpose yards. Mississippi
State: Totaled 77 all-purpose yards with one receiving touchdown ... caught a career-best four passes for 51 yards (27-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Ely) ... ran
10 times for 26 yards. LSU: Rushed for a team-high 83 yards before leaving in the second half with a tweaked ankle ... averaged 7.5 yards on 11 carries ... opened
the scoring for the Tide with a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Texas A&M: Gained 92 yards on 16 carries for a 5.8 yards per carry average ...
scored one touchdown and converted four first downs ... had two runs of 12-plus yards (long of 18) ... equaled his career high with four receptions for 35 yards
(long of 21). Western Carolina: Averaged 9.9 yards per carry (10 rushed for 99), with three touchdowns ... scored on runs of seven, seven and three yards ... had
four explosive rushes of 12 yards or more (long of 21) ... six of his rushes converted first downs. Auburn: Named Alabama offensive player of the week after rushing
for 131 yards on 18 carries in only of a half of action ... scored two touchdowns ... had seven rushes that converted a first down ... long rush was 32 yards. Georgia:
Turned in a career game to help the Crimson Tide win the 2012 SEC Championship Game ... named the game's MVP, after rushing for a career-high 181 yards in
the 32-28 victory ... carried a career-high 20 times ... scored two touchdowns on runs of one and 41 yards ... had six runs of 12-plus yards and nine that resulted in a
first down or touchdown ... also named an Alabama offensive player of the week. Notre Dame: Became the second Alabama running back in the last four years to
earn offensive MVP honors in the BCS National Championship Game (joining Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram) … rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries while
catching two passes for 17 yards … totaled two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving … averaged 7.0 yards per carry in the game with five rushes of 12-yards
or more while converting nine first downs.
Lacy was the first running back off the bench for Alabama in 2011 ... second on the team with 674 yards on 95 carries ... ranked ninth in the SEC and just outside the
top 100 nationally with 56.2 yards per game ... had 16 rushes of 12 yards or longer ... had 27 first down rushes along with six first downs receiving ... tallied seven
rushing touchdowns ... caught 11 passes for 131 yards ... was the Offensive Player of the Week three times this season by the UA coaching staff ... battled turf toe
throughout the second half of the season, missing the Vanderbilt game. Kent State: Ran eight times for 58 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run ... averaged 7.25
yards per carry ... caught three passes for 76 yards with a long of 48. Penn State: Averaged 7.73 yards per carry on 11 totes vs. the No. 23 Nittany Lions for 85 yards in
the 27-11 victory ... caught one pass for six yards. North Texas: Recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game with a career-best 161 yards on nine carries for an
impressive 17.89 yards per carry ... broke free for runs of 67, 43 and 35 yards with the 67- and 43-yard runs going for touchdowns. Arkansas: Equaled his career high
with 13 carries ... rushed for 61 yards and one touchdown ... converted two first downs on the ground ... caught one pass for four yards in the Tide's 38-14 win. Florida:
Saw limited action with a foot injury ... carried the ball five times vs. the Gators for 32 yards and a touchdown ... long carry was 20 yards in the Tide win. Vanderbilt:
Missed the game against the Commodores to rest an injured foot. Mississippi: Returned to the field but only got five carries in the Crimson Tide's big win ... ran for 22
yards with a long rush of 15 yards. Tennessee: Rushed seven times for 46 yards with a long of 19 yards ... had two carries for first downs ... also caught two passes for 14
yards with one first down. LSU: Carried the ball five times for 19 yards ... long rush was a 20-yard burst for a first down ... also caught one pass for 11 yards. Mississippi
State: One of the Alabama Offensive Players of the Week following his 96-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Bulldogs ... converted three first downs and
had three runs of more than 12 yards ... had touchdown runs of two and 32 yards ... averaged 8.7 yards per carry. Georgia Southern: Ran six times for 45 yards for 7.5
yards per carry ... caught one pass for 13 yards ... had two explosive runs of 12 yards or more ... converted two first downs rushing and one receiving. Auburn: Rushed
four times for six yards ... caught one pass for four yards. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Ran hard against the Tigers with 43 yards ... converted four first downs for the Tide, including a spinning 11-yarder.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman):
He came off the bench and gave the Tide an added dimension in the running game ... played a significant role on special teams for the Tide, starting on the kickoff
coverage unit … rushed 56 times for 406 yards and six touchdowns … added two catches for 18 yards and registered four tackles on kickoff coverage ... 19 of his 56
carries went for a first down or a touchdown. San Jose State: In his first career game he rushed the ball 13 times for 111 yards and added two touchdowns … caught one
pass for three yards … tallied one tackle on special teams. Penn State: Carried the ball six times for 21 yards. Duke: Rushed the ball seven times for 52 yards and scored
a touchdown … caught one pass for 15 yards … assisted on one tackle on special teams. Arkansas: Played on special teams but did not record any statistics. Florida:
Came off the bench and tallied 20 yards on four carries with a long run of eight yards. Mississippi: Assisted on a tackle on kickoff coverage. Mississippi State: Was
named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... came off the bench to rush the ball eight times for 35 yards with a long run of 15 yards ...
registered one tackle on special teams. Georgia State: Carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards and added a touchdown ... scored his touchdown in the second quarter on a
three-yard run. Michigan State: Averaged 17.2 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns in a commanding 49-7 victory in the Capital One Bowl ... finished with 86
yards on five carries, including touchdowns runs of 62 and 12 yards.
He redshirted during his initial season at UA.
High School and Personal Data:
Lacy was Rivals.com's No. 13 running back nationally and No. 116 on the Rivals250 … in the ESPNU 150 and the 17th-best running back … Scout.com lists Lacy as the
No. 24 running back nationally and No. 61 on the Southeast 150 … a SuperPrep All-American and the publications No. 28 running back … a four-star recruit according
to both Rivals.com and Scout.com … an All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report … garnered first-team 5A All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports
Writers Association … No. 54 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 … member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 … played only seven
games during his senior year due to injuries, but still managed 1,046 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns … earned LSWA 5A All-State honors after rushing for 1,800 yards
and 26 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 … rushed for 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006 … coached by Benny Saia … chose Alabama over
Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU.
Lacy's Career Statistics
Year G-S Att Yds Avg. TD LP Rec Yds Avg. TD LP
2010 12-0 56 406 7.2 6 62 2 18 9.0 0 15
2011 12-0 95 674 7.1 7 67 11 131 11.9 0 48
2012 14-14 204 1,322 6.5 17 73 22 189 8.6 2 27
Total 38-14 355 2,405 6.8 30 73 35 338 9.7 2 48
Lacy's Career Highs
Rushes ............................. 20 vs. Georgia & Notre Dame, 2012
Rushing Yards ........................................ 181 vs. Georgia, 2012
Long Run .................................................... 73 at Missouri, 2012
Touchdowns ......... 3 at Arkansas, Missouri & W. Carolina, 2012
Receptions .................... 4 vs. Mississippi state & Texas A&M, 2012
Receiving Yards .................................... 76 vs. Kent State, 2011
Long Reception .................................... 48 vs. Kent State, 2011
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