Yeldon Adjusting To Life At Bama

T.J.Yeldon is a new Alabama football signee. As such, it was unusual to hear him say on Signing Day, "I love Auburn. It's a great place."

Alabama's outstanding class of 26 new football signees included the state's Mr. Football, tailback T.J. Yeldon of Daphne. The 6-2, 210-pound star had committed to Auburn early in the recruiting process, but switched to Alabama and enrolled at The University for the spring semester.

On Wednesday Yeldon was asked about that switch, prompting his "I love Auburn," comment.

It came with a "but," however.

"I've always been an Alabama fan," Yeldon said. "It's the place I always wanted to come to.

"It's the tradition and all the championships they've won. It's in state. And, like I said, I've always been an Alabama fan."

He said that he had talked with his coaches and his parents "for a while" before he made the decision for the Crimson Tide.

As a senior, Yeldon rushed for 2,193 yards on 232 carries (9.5 yards per carry) and scored 31 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 506 yards and a score. For his career he rushed for 4,653 yards and 65 touchdowns and had 1,502 receiving yards with eight touchdowns for Coach Glenn Vickery's Daphne team.

Yeldon has a different build than recent Tide tailbacks, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and All-America Trent Richardson, both shorter and stockier than Yeldon.

"It's a new style now," said Yeldon, who compared his running style to "kind of like" former Oklahoma great Adrian Peterson.

Yeldon echoed other early enrollees in the Alabama recruiting class in saying that he was staying busy "getting used to the routine of college," including getting to know his new teammates and working out.

He said that he would work hard in hopes of being able to contribute to the team as a freshman next fall.

"It's a blast up here," he said. "It's a great challenge getting used to everything and going to class and working out." He said he is impressed with his new teammates. "All of them are good, hard-working guys," he said. "We get along."

One man the new players have had the opportunity to meet is Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran.

"I like him a lot," Yeldon said. "He gets us up early and gets us working hard."

As for the biggest adjustment for Yeldon?

"Walking to class in the rain. I didn't know you had to do that."

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