Here’s a fun fact: Boom Williams ranks 10th in the country in rushing yards with 464 through four games. UK’s junior running back is averaging eight yards per carry, which has the Alabama coaching staff so concerned that, according to Ben Jones, they’re reportedly yelling the stat at their defense during drills in practice this week. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Nick Saban said Boom may be the best back Alabama’s faced all season.
“He’s certainly going to be a challenge for us and maybe the best back we’ve played against so far this year,” Saban said. “They have three backs that have been productive in my opinion. He’s obviously the most productive.”
That’s pretty high praise from Saban, whose team has shut down USC’s Ronald Jones II, Western Kentucky’s Anthony Wales, and Ole Miss’ Akeem Judd so far this season. None of those backs are as elite as Boom, who will face the best rushing defense in the SEC (fifth nationally) in Tuscaloosa.
Let’s relive Boom’s big 43-yard touchdown from the South Carolina game, because I have a feeling we won’t see a bunch of them on Saturday: