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Jaguars’ RB T.J. Yeldon instrumental in win over Tennessee

Kirby Lee- USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon suited up Thursday night for Jacksonville’s game against Tennessee, despite nursing a foot injury. He was listed as “probable” going into the contest, but the second-round pick was productive nonetheless. Yeldon recorded 54 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards (9.3 yards per catch) on 17 touches.

His workhorse mentality in Jacksonville started at Alabama.

Yeldon totaled 3,322 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons with the Crimson Tide (2012-14).

He was a part of two Southeastern Conference championships in 2012 and 2014, and a national title in 2012.

Yeldon has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in Jacksonville, posting 585 yards and a touchdown on 147 carries.

A 19-13 win over Tennessee has the Jaguars at 4-6, one game back of Indianapolis and Houston for a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South. Both teams stand at 4-5.

Jacksonville is young under head coach Gus Bradley, but with a healthy T.J. Yeldon, it has a chance to make a playoff push. The Jaguars have one of the easier schedules to end the year.

It will face the San Diego Chargers (2-7) at home next week.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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