BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It didn’t take long for Eddie Lacy to make an impact in Alabama’s BCS beat down of Notre Dame.
“I think for the first time all year we were able to come out and play a complete game,” Lacy said following the Tide’s second straight national championship.
Lacy was a big part of the fast start. He scored two touchdowns in the first half and the former Dutchtown standout finished with a game high 140 yards rushing. It wasn’t something he expected.
“I was a little surprised because when you play on a stage like this you don't expect to run the ball as easily as we did. The coaches had a good game plan and the offensive line came out and was physical,” the junior running back said.
His rise to big time college football began in the Big Easy where he developed a video game like spin move.
“He came here with that from the playgrounds of New Orleans when he started playing the game. He can run by you or run over you,” his high school coach Benny Saia said Tuesday.
After Katrina Lacy and his family moved to Geismar where Saia saw something special in Lacy’s sophomore year.
“I think that the first game he played in he ran for four touchdowns and 200 yards. From then on out it was more of the same,” Saia said.
But how he handles himself off the field is just as special as what he does on the gridiron Saia says.
“He is a very kind hearted kid and did a lot while he was here helping our special ed. classes. It was his time to shine (Monday). This time it was the Eddie Lacy show and I was glad for him to have that ability to do that,” Saia said.
Lacy is expected to skip his senior season at Alabama and enter his name in the NFL draft.