One bracket is complete in our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Now it’s time for you to vote in the final opening-round matchup in another bracket.
Saban Division – Running Backs vs. Linebackers
Eddie Lacy (2010-2012)
6’ 0’’ 231 lbs
Running Back – Geismar, Louisiana
Career Statistics: 2402 Rushing Yards, 30 TDs, 338 Receiving Yards, 2 TDs
Eddie Lacy played three years at the Capstone and was a part of two BCS National Championship teams. His numbers are not what makes Lacy stand out; it’s his overall impact to the program. Playing behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson his first two years, he emerged as the starting running back in 2012, and helped lead the Crimson Tide to the SEC Championship and the national championship.
Lacy ended his career at Alabama trending upwards. He gashed the Georgia Bulldogs for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC Championship, and followed up that performance with 140 yards and two total TDs against Notre Dame in the BCS Championship. He was named MVP for both of those games. He is affectionately known as the “Circle Button” for his patented spin move.
Eddie Lacy was a First Team All-SEC Selection in 2012, and was named Alabama’s offensive player of the week six times. He is tied for 5th in Alabama history for total touchdowns in a season (16), and averaged 6.4 yards per carry as well. Lacy declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. Lacy will forever be remembered as part of the golden age of Alabama football, and certainly one of the best running backs in its history.
Cornelius Bennett (1983-1986)
6’3’’ 240 lbs
Linebacker – Birmingham, Alabama
Stats: 287 Tackles, 21 ½ Sacks, 2 Fumble Recoveries
Cornelius Bennett was one of the fiercest and talented defensive players in Alabama history. He is one of two Crimson Tide players to ever be selected to three All-America teams in his career (the other being Woodrow Lowe). He was selected as the SEC Defensive player of the year in 1986, and also won the Lombardi Award, the only Alabama player at the time to ever win the award.
Perhaps what Bennett is most remembered for by Crimson Tide fans is his bone-crushing hit on Notre Dame’s quarterback Steve Beuerlein, a hit that is still seen in pre-game clips at Bryant-Denny, and in the famous Daniel Moore painting entitled “The Sack.” Bennett was selected as an Alabama All-Decade member, and he was also named to Alabama’s Team of the Century in 1992.
Cornelius Bennett was selected with the second overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In 2005, he was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in Southbend, Indiana. While his hit on Beuerlein resonates as one of the greatest single plays in Alabama history, Bennett is remembered more for his overall impact on the game, and indeed one of the finest defensive players to ever play college football.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Cornelius Bennett (85%, 98 Votes)
- Eddie Lacy (15%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 115