Breathe easy Alabama A&M fans.
Kaderius Lacey is alright, according to Bulldogs coach Anthony Jones.
The first-team selection to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference squad year ago went down early in the Bulldogs’ 35-0 win at Mississippi Valley State this past Saturday and didn’t see much action the remainder of the contest.
He finished with six carries for 39 yards and a touchdown but his lack of playing time had more to do with score than his health. He’ll be ready to go when the Bulldogs host Alcorn State (2-4, 2-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. for their homecoming.
“Kaderius is OK,” Jones said during Monday’s SWAC coaches teleconference. “Once again, he just kind of bumped legs with (Alabama A&M quarterback) Deaunte (Mason). It’s nothing serious. Not to be disrespectful, but at the stage, we didn’t really need to risk any further injury with him. We just sat him for the rest of the game and gave some other guys some opportunities to get some carries and some experience and it worked out well for us.”
The Bulldogs used four different running backs, a group that included Brendon Johnson, Terrell Badie and Brand Eldemire, each of whom had 10-plus yard carries. Johnson finished with seven carries for 34 yards with a long of 19. Badie had seven carries for 29 yards and a long of 16 while Eldemire added 16 yards on four carries, including an 11-yard gainer.
The maturation of Mason, who was the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in a row Monday, is most evident in the open field.
Bulldogs’ coach Anthony Jones recalled Mason’s youthful zealousness when the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder first arrived in Normal after transferring from the University of Kentucky in 2009. read more…