TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the first time in a while, Eddie Lacy is feeling comfortable again. The surgery and nagging injuries had slowed him down. Now, Alabama's star tailback is digging into the turf with full force, and it shows.
"He's starting to get the little wiggle," Alabama receiver Kenny Bell said after the game. "He's coming to be the Eddie Lacy of last year."
Lacy averaged 7.1 yards per carry against the Owls, putting up 107 yards on 15 attempts. He spent the second half watching the game from the sidelines as the rest of the Alabama running backs racked up the yardage. All told, the Tide rushed for 256 yards, with all four running backs averaging more than 6 yards a carry.
But after the game, the story was all about Lacy. He said his patented spin move was "a bit slow, but it's picking back up."
"I'm getting there," he said. "I feel like it was slower than I would normally do it, but I did it and it worked. It's all right in my book."
So long as he held onto the ball, coach Nick Saban was OK with it, too. When asked about Lacy's return to form against FAU, the sixth-year coach of the Crimson Tide bristled, pointing out that he thought he looked just as good against Arkansas the week before, rushing for 55 yards and three scores.
"I thought he ran really well last week," Saban said. "Eddie has had a toe operated on, a hamstring in camp, missed some time in camp, had an ankle sprain, so he has really had to fight through a lot. I think that he really didn’t get back in shape because of some of the time that he missed. I think now he is starting to get there.”
The jukes weren't executed perfectly, but to Lacy, it was all about feeling comfortable on the football field again. With the right state of mind, he seemed like himself again.
"Just being able to go out there, you don’t worry about your nagging injuries or nothing like that," he said. "You just go out and do what you’re capable of doing. So far, that’s what I’m doing, and it feels good."