Eddie Lacy had a big task when he took over as running back for the University of Alabama. He was following in the footsteps of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and first round draft pick Trent Richardson. He handled it well rushing for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.
But he had an injury that held him back in his Pro Day.
“I was out for a long time as far as trying to get my hamstring ready for me to run by my Pro Day,” Lacy said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “Even with that, by the time my hamstring was close to being ready where I could actually work out, I had about two weeks before my Pro Day so I wasn’t in the condition I should’ve been in due to a lack of time. But I’m glad I finished it, I did the best I could.”
“I know if I was in better shape or had more time to prepare for it then everything would have been a lot better than it was.”
This has brought about criticism of him, and it’s been hard for him to hear it. But if anything it is providing motivation for a determined young player.
“It’s very tough. You hear a lot of things. People saying ‘he’s not in shape’ or ‘he’s not fast.’ But in reality it’s due to a lack of time. It’s something you can’t really worry about. You know what you are capable of when you’re 100 percent and the guys doubting you on the next level know as well. I don’t think it should be said or anything like that but there is nothing you can do about it.”