Saban: Confident in Yeldon — but he needs to carry the ball right

Texas A&M’s Demontre Moore (94) forces Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon to fumble. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Alabama freshman running back T.J. Yeldon has suffered a critical fumble in each of the past two games, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said he has confidence in him.

“I think it comes down to the same thing – carrying the ball correctly,” he said. “In one case he didn’t get the hand-off correctly and in the other case he was carrying the ball kind of low in his belly and got popped. I think the confidence should come in doing it correctly. We have every faith, trust and confidence in him that when he does it correctly, he’s not going to fumble.”

Fellow running back Eddie Lacy said Yeldon shouldn’t focus on the fumbles.

“It’s football,” he said. “Bad plays are going to happen. You’re going to make a lot of good plays as well. You just have to get the rest of those out of your mind.”

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