So why do they call Jalston Fowler ‘Nudie,’ how do defenders like tackling Tide RB?

This answers a question I’ve been dying to learn for quite sometime. What’s with that nickname? Read today’s print story for the truth about Alabama running back Jalston Fowler …

TUSCALOOSA — They call him Nudie.

A nickname like that could be unfortunate. But when you’re a 246-pound running back like Alabama’s Jalston Fowler, the moniker is all love.

“When I was baby, my dad used to walk around and say, ‘This is my nudie baby,’ ” Fowler said. “ ‘Can’t nobody have him. That’s my nudie baby.’ He said that all the time.”

He’s grown a bit since then. Now the rising junior is stepping into the spotlight with brute force.

As the only returning back with experience and two healthy legs, Fowler is the main man behind quarterback AJ McCarron. Junior-to-be Eddie Lacy, the top returning rusher, is still recovering from offseason foot surgery. He will miss the entire spring, including the 2 p.m. Saturday A-Day Game.

So it’s Fowler’s show this weekend in Bryant-Denny Stadium. And he’s coming off a big performance, minus the crowd.

Fowler ran 22 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns in the second spring scrimmage Friday.

When Fowler got the ball as a sophomore, he made the most of it. He averaged 6.9 yards on 56 carries, including four touchdowns. Ole Miss saw him run for 125 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.

He does it with a punishing 6-foot-1, 246-pound frame.

So Alabama coach Nick Saban, who also calls Fowler “Nudie,” likes to keep him inside the tackles running downhill.

“If you’re a power pitcher and you get 26 outs throwing fastballs, you ought not lose the game in the bottom of the ninth throwing a changeup,” Saban said. “That’s what I think. Jalston Fowler is what he is. He’s a big guy who’s hard to tackle, and people don’t like to tackle him.”

Count Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard in that group.

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