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Old 05-11-2014   #50
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Default Re: Selection 6.181: Alfred Blue RB

Blue showed a lot of promise in 2011 as part of a rotation and was great for red-zone carries as he's a huge dude already and picks up a lot of momentum going forward (and is hard to stop when he's at full speed; the lack of quick-start/stop ability comments by scouting reports don't surprise me but I'm not upset by them, either). As an aside his house actually burned down in 2011 just before the Kentucky game IIRC but he came in and played well, garnering 72 yards (again, as part of a rotation of backs when Spencer Ware was the go-to guy).

In 2012 he came in and was talked up as being the 3-down back (while still making use of Ware and the other backs as part of a rotation) and had some good games but injured his ACL. The LSU running game sputtered until they decided to start Jeremy Hill who blew up against South Carolina, at which point Blue became buried on the depth chart.

When Hill was suspended for the start of 2013, Blue took up the role of traditional back whereas Terrance Magee was used as a more traditional halfback, and Blue ran well. As soon as Hill was back, Blue again fell behind on the depth chart. On the other hand, this also means he doesn't have a lot of wear-and-tear compared to other running backs coming out of college.
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