Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Running back Eddie Lacy will skip his senior season at the University of Alabama and enter the National Football League draft after the team’s second straight national championship.
Crimson Tide spokesman Jeff Purinton announced Lacy’s decision today in an e-mail. Lacy rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in Alabama’s 42-14 victory over the University of Notre Dame in the Bowl Championship Series title game four days ago.
Lacy led Alabama with 1,322 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on the ground this season, his first as the team’s primary running back. The 6-foot, 220-pound Lacy also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two scores.
Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron has said he will play his senior season. Linebacker C.J. Mosley and offensive lineman Anthony Steen have also said they intend to return next year, according the school’s athletics website.
The Crimson Tide are 5-1 favorites to win their third consecutive BCS title next season, according to online sports book Bovada.lv.
The three-day NFL draft begins on April 25.
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