Tide’s Lacy gives scouts long look
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 7:00 pm
By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy made his most-scrutinized runs since the BCS championship game.
Lacy ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.60 seconds Thursday before representatives from about 20 NFL teams, according to NFL.com. A hamstring injury kept him from performing for the stopwatches at the combine or the Crimson Tide’s initial pro day.
Lacy said he’s close to 100 percent healthy after getting hurt during training.
“During my 40, I was a little nervous about actually opening up but I ran a pretty good time, so I’m satisfied with that,” he said.
Lacy, who was MVP of the title game against Notre Dame, is projected as the top running back in the draft. He’s hoping to join Tide predecessors Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram as a first-round pick, though some draft projections have him slipping into the second.
The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Lacy also did shuttle runs and other drills but appeared winded at times and had to step out of the indoor practice facility briefly to catch his breath at one point.
He spent the latter part of the workout running pass routes and didn’t have any drops.
Lacy ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 189 yards as a junior in his lone season as the starter.
Lacy said his pass-catching was the second-biggest thing he wanted to show NFL teams behind his 40 time.
“I didn’t have a lot of opportunities here at Alabama to show my hands out of the backfield,” Lacy said. “During the pass drills, I just wanted to go out and show them that I could catch.
“I probably bobbled a pass or two but everything else was caught clean.”
Lacy worked much of the session with Miami Dolphins running backs coach Jeff Nixon. Tennessee Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom was also among those present.
Lacy was slowed by nagging injuries early in the season but finished with two huge games. He ran for a career-high 181 yards in the SEC championship game against Georgia, when he was also MVP, and gained 140 against Notre Dame.
Tide coach Nick Saban doesn’t think speed is an issue with Lacy.
“He’s faster than you think,” Saban said Wednesday. “He has very deceptive speed, and very deceptive quickness. For three or four years around here, I’ve been watching Eddie Lacy, who everybody thinks is a little (too) straight-line as a runner and can’t make people miss in the hole with his sudden quickness and great change of direction.
“He’s physical, tough, he’s got great size. He’s a really good all-around player, a good receiver. He can block in pass protection and he can be physical when he needs to and get it downhill. I think Eddie is a very, very complete player. I don’t really see a lot of flaws in his game. I think he’ll be a very, very good player for somebody.”
Lacy and teammates Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker have all accepted invitations to attend the NFL draft in New York. Lacy initially had doubts about making that trip.
“I don’t like big crowds or going to big places so I was going to spend it with my family,” he said. “After a while, I started to think, it’s not every day you get to go to a draft in New York. So I talked it over with my parents and I was given a chance to go back and we took it.”
Published in The Messenger 4.12.13