This past season, the SEC was fortunate enough to have some outstanding running backs in the conference. Two of those running backs will be returning next year, in Trent Richardson for Alabama and Knile Davis for Arkansas. Both are great at what they do, but both have different running styles. It’s time for another SEC Showdown: Trent Richardson vs Knile Davis.
Trent Richardson – Alabama
Trent “The Hulk in the Hoody” Richardson is a bowling ball of a back who shows pure power in his running ability. He is only 5-11 but packs a hefty punch with his 220lbs. Richardson runs with reckless abandon and is perfect for the Crimson Tide offense. Hopefully you saw his workout regimen on College GameDay. If not, here it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5D70hJrb8o
Richardson hails from Pensacola, Florida, where he graduated from Escambia High School – the same high school Emmitt Smith attended, and Richardson broke several, if not all of Emmitt’s records.
This past season, Richardson gained 700 yards on 112 carries. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and he had a total of six touchdowns. Obviously, he shared the carries with Mark Ingram, and he played very well when Ingram was out with a knee injury to begin the year. Otherwise, he would have had over 1,000 yards rushing and more touchdowns.
Richardson also proved he could be very dynamic out of the backfield, with 23 catches for 266 yards and four touchdowns. His receiving touchdowns were good for second on the team.
If you’re looking for a power and speed combo in a running back, look no further than Trent Richardson.
Knile Davis – Arkansas
Knile Davis is more of an unsung hero. Not a lot of people know about him, nor do they fear him out of the backfield. Ryan Mallett garnered most of the attention for the Hogs’ offense this past season, but Davis had a monster second half for the Razorbacks, propelling them into the Sugar Bowl.
Davis hails from Missouri City, Texas, and he was not as highly touted as you would think coming out of high school. Davis somehow escaped the Longhorns’ grasp, and Arkansas gobbled him up.
Davis has a particular straight-ahead running style. He does not dance at the line of scrimmage, he rather attacks you when he gets the ball. Davis had a tremendous season for the Hogs. He had 1,322 yards on 204 carries, which is good for 6.5 yards per carry. He had 13 rushing touchdowns, and he averaged 101 yards per game.
If you are looking for strictly business with the ball, give the nod to Davis, because he hits the hole with a vengeance.
Both Richardson and Davis were very crucial for their teams this past season, and those high expectations will continue to rise for each player before the 2011 season. Each has his own style and strengths, but I’m taking Knile Davis.
Davis is as good of a playmaker as there is in the SEC. With Bobby Petrino’s high-octane offense, it makes Davis that much better. He has great speed, quickness and balance when he gets the ball out of the backfield.
However, Trent Richardson is like a bull in a China shop, showing reckless abandon. If you take Richardson, I completely understand. I just like Davis better in the backfield.
Which one you got?