Published March 25, 2011 - 5:08am
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Saturday Down South is continually counting down the top 20 players in the SEC for 2011 – pre-season style!
Trent Richardson – No. 6
Fresh off sharing the load with fellow running back Mark Ingram for the last two years, Trent Richardson is indeed ready to shoulder the load for the Crimson Tide offense. Even though Ingram mostly received all the notoriety because of the Heisman Trophy – and I’m not taking anything away from Ingram because he is dynamic – Richardson is arguably even better.
Richardson absolutely brings the thunder whenever he takes a handoff out of the backfield. He is a rare combination of size, speed and athleticism at 5-11, 225lbs – built like a truck. He can run through you or around you, and that makes Richardson the total package at running back.
I’m sure it’s mentally concerning as a defender to have a running back who delivers blows as you try to put a good enough hit on him to bring him down.
In 2009 as a freshman, Richardson came in and competed right off the bat with Ingram for playing time. He had 145 rushing attempts for 751 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry. In 2010, Richardson had 112 carries for 700 yards and six touchdowns – good for 6.3 yards per carry.
One aspect of the game Richardson most notably improved upon was his ability to receive the football out of the backfield. When a running back can take a handoff and run through you, and then on the very next play take a screen pass to the house – you know he is special. This is a weapon on offense that Alabama will continue to use and lean upon in 2011.
Richardson is also an absolute animal in the weight room as well as on the gridiron, and he wants to push himself to be the best he can be. The sky is the limit for Richardson and his future with his sick athletic ability and size. For his team and the market he plays in, Trent Richardson could have a shot to be in the Heisman discussion in 2011.