Lacy Not Thinking About Pro Option
Alabama has completed three days of work on fundamentals and conditioning, more or less the pre-preparation for the Jan. 7 national championship game against Notre Dame in Miami Gardens, Fla. On Thursday, junior Crimson Tide tailback Eddie Lacy addressed the question of his future and the accuracy of his reported plan to enter the NFL draft.
"I have not made a decision on that yet," said Lacy. "That's not something I'm thinking about at this time. We have another game left. I have to talk to my parents about it. I have to talk to Coach (Nick Saban) about it. That's an external factor that we cannot allow us to affect us right now. So after the bowl game, after we sit down, we'll make a decision."
Lacy, a 6-0, 220-pound junior from Geismar, La., is in a line of Alabama successful Alabama tailbacks. Mark Ingram was the lead tailback and won the Heisman Trophy in 2009 and went on to be a first round NFL draft choice. Trent Richardson, like Ingram, led Alabama to a national championship, and following the 2011 season was a first round draft choice.
Lacy has helped Bama to a 12-1 record and into a berth in the BCS National Championship Game by rushing for 1,182 yards on 184 carries (6.4 yards per rush) and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Lacy said the time off since Bama's 32-28 win over Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship game has been good for Alabama players. "I feel good," he said. "A lot of us feel good. The break helped out a lot. But right now we're grinding and you're going to get a little banged up, get a little tired, but it's all in getting back to where we were."
Lacy said he hasn't looked at Notre Dame film yet. "We're not focusing on them right now," he said. "It's all about us, focusing on our fundamentals and all the things we have to do in order to prepare for them. That's what we're doing right now.
"Coach always says its not about the opponent. It's about us. Even though we know they have a great linebacker corps, a great D-line corps, and we know they are going to come up and they are going to hit and they are going to be physical, that's just like every team in our conference is, so it's not like it's a big difference from this upcoming game from the games in the past. We've got a general idea that we've been in games like this so we're going to come out and do what we always do.
"They have a good linebacker corps, a good front seven. They are physical, just like a lot of teams we played this season. So going in, we know to expect that."
Notre Dame has been particularly good in goalline defense.
Lacy said, "We like challenges, and we like beating challenges. That they are good on defense stopping the run, is a challenge and we've got to take it as a challenge and we've got to do what we can to beat it."
It will have been 37 days since Alabama defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game to have a chance to advance to the BCS title game. It will have been 44 days since Notre Dame played. Obviously, that is beneficial to getting injured players back for the final game. Lacy said the toughest part of the long layoff is, "Focusing and not getting anxious. If you start to worry about what's down the road, you tend not to focus on what we have to accomplish now leading up to that that game. Just being focused and not being too anxious is the main thing."
Keeping that focus in the face of so much conversation about the game is "kind of hard," Lacy said. "But the coaches do a great job of keeping us internal...you know, don't worry about TV or what anybody is saying. They keep us...within our organization, we're all on the same page as a team so we know what we have to do."
The BCS National Championship Game comes five weeks after the SEC Championship Game and six weeks at the end of regular season play. After next season, though, there will be a new four-team playoff in place with a preliminary game before the national championship game. Lacy was asked how that might affect players.
"I don't know," he said. "It would probably be like regular season. It would be a grind, but it would be something we'd have to do."
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