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Saban says Richardson "best player in country"

Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 10:11 pm
AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban got right to the point when asked about running back Trent Richardson’s Heisman Trophy chances.

“To me Trent Richardson is the best football player in the country,” Saban said.

Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards at Auburn Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory. Is that enough to win the Heisman? In this wild and wacky season, who knows?

“You love saying that about someone who is such a good person and someone who does so much to serve other people,” Saban said. “He is a great teammate. He is a leader. He cares about everyone around him. His performance and production pretty much speak for itself.”

Richardson has scored 23 touchdowns this season, one shy of tying the SEC’s single season record. Richardson said the fact he’s even mentioned for the Heisman is more of a team honor.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned in that situation and for this team,” Richardson said. “We do deserve it. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I think the offense deserves it, especially the offensive linemen.”

Does Richardson, who is averaging 132 yards per game, deserve the Heisman? I don’t think so.

There are too many great quarterbacks out there having great seasons – Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Houston’s Case Keenum, Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, USC’s Matt Barkley and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. But Richardson could have something that none of those quarterbacks have: and that’s a national title on Jan. 9


Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:43 am

Saban says Richardson "best player in country"

Yeah, to be honest I think that RG3 should get the heisman, but to say that Richardson can't get it because there are QB's out there? That doesn't seem fair. Don't try to make the award go to the best QB unless there aren't any good ones, let's just give it to whoever had the best season.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:11 am

Saban says Richardson "best player in country"

My nephew's high school team has a great quarterback as well.

Richardson is the best player in CFB this year, but I understand that he won't likely win the trophy. The fact that he plays in the SEC and that he plays for an Alabama team doesn't exactly help his case.

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