In 2010, Eddie Lacy was a student in more ways than one.
Outside of being the student-athlete as labeled by the NCAA, he was also being taught by Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson the valuable lesson of ball control.
“When you fumble, it’s always a tough thing to get over. That’s why you have your teammates,” Lacy said. “They’re here to support you and make you feel better about it.”
Lacy lost two fumbles in the 2010 campaign, both within the 5-yard-line as he was entering the endzone.
Although Lacy’s new student was not on the brink of the endzone, true freshman T.J. Yeldon has had two fumbles in the last two weeks, one nearly costly and the other very costly.
Yeldon let the ball slip out of his hands on the LSU 10-yard-line with 1:06 left, which LSU recovered and eventually scored on.
Yeldon did it again with 9:10 left in the Texas A&M as the ball fell into the hands of Dustin Harris. The Aggies, like the Tigers the week before, also scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession.
Lacy is trying to mold Yeldon just like Ingram and Richardson molded him and not let the fumbles derail a successful freshman season.
“It’s football, bad plays are going to happen. You’re going to make a lot of good plays, as well,” Lacy said. “You just have to get the rest of those out of your mind.”
“If a bad play happens at a bad time, you’re going to think about it a lot, but you just have to get over it and keep playing no matter what just happened.”