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2015 NFL DRAFT

Trent Richardson, RB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Height/Weight: 5-09 / 228 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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411
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04/30/2012 - Running back Trent Richardson, taken third, is the fifth running back drafted by the Browns in the top 10. They drafted Jim Brown sixth in 1957, Mike Pruitt seventh in 1977, Greg Allen seventh in 1985 and Tommy Vardell ninth in 1992. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Browns went into the draft with the mission of reshaping their offense and that is exactly what they did by taking running back Trent Richardson third, quarterback Brandon Weeden 22nd, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz 37th and wide receiver Travis Benjamin 100th overall with their fifth pick of the draft. Coach Pat Shurmur will be disappointed if the first three picks don't start. The Browns needed a cornerback but didn't get one until the 245th pick. Instead they drafted two linebackers plus two more defensive linemen after signing two linemen in free agency. BEST PICK: Running back Trent Richardson: When Mike Holmgren took the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2005 season, Shaun Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns. Richardson could be that guy for the Browns. He knocks would-be tacklers over and can catch out of the backfield. He is an excellent pass blocker. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 1/3 - Trent Richardson, RB, 5-9, 228, Alabama...The Browns traded picks 4, 118, 139 and 211 to move up one spot for the third pick. Richardson scored 24 touchdowns in 2011. The Browns scored 20 on offense. The offense is instantly better. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 3. Cleveland Browns (draft-day trade with Minnesota, The Browns acquired the No. 3 pick from the Vikings in exchange for the No. 4 pick and picks in the fourth (118), fifth (139) and seventh (211) rounds.): RB Trent Richardson, Alabama -- Team president Mike Holmgren missed out on RG3 when the Redskins outbid Cleveland for the No. 2 pick in March and decided not to roll the dice that his other coveted target wouldn't be available at No. 4, pulling the trigger on a draft-day deal Thursday afternoon to move up one spot. The Browns didn't settle the QB questions, but are starved for a difference-maker. Richardson runs big but is also elusive and was effective facing eight-man fronts at Alabama. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Heckert followed Richardson by taking quarterback Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State with the 22nd overall pick. Some projections had Weeden as a second-round pick, but Heckert said he did not to wait another 13 picks until the Browns choose 37th overall on Friday. "When you talk about quarterback, we didn't think (waiting) was worth taking the risk," Heckert said. Richardson scored 21 rushing touchdowns and three on receptions for the Crimson Tide in 2011. The Browns totaled 20 offensive touchdowns last season and finished with 218 points, the third fewest in the league. "This is bigger than winning the national championship," the former Alabama star said in a conference call from New York. "I'm on Cloud Nine right now." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 9. Cleveland Browns trade up to select Trent Richardson: In the weeks leading up to the draft it had been thought that Browns might not be willing to invest the No. 4 overall pick in a running back... even one as good as Richardson. As it turned out, they had to invest even more as the club obviously was convinced St. Louis had made a deal with another team and if the Browns didn't flip picks, they'd lose the talented runner. What made the deal even more surprising was the fact that it actually occurred prior to the draft beginning. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/27/2012 - In one memorable night the Browns made two moves to transform their offense from one of the worst in the league to one they hope can find the end zone more than once a game. The Browns started the trade ball rolling Thursday when they dealt the fourth pick and a fourth- (118), fifth- (139) and seventh-round choice (211) to the Vikings to move from fourth to third and then used the pick to take running back Trent Richardson from Alabama. All along General Manager Tom Heckert said it was unlikely the Browns would trade up one spot, but they made the deal to make sure Tampa Bay or another team did not trade with the Vikings instead. "We knew as we went through the process he was our guy," Coach Pat Shurmur said. "We had pretty good knowledge there were teams behind us that wanted him as well, so we gave up a couple picks to make sure we got him. "We're thrilled. He's passionate, he's productive, he's durable and he's the kind of runner we feel will help us put an offense together to score the points we need to win the games we're going to win. He's a terrific player. He's going to be a fine addition to the Cleveland Browns." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama*: Considering how the running back position has been de-valued in today's NFL it would be easy to rank Richardson lower. The reality is, however, Richardson's elite talent transcends trends. He is considered by some talent evaluators I trust to be the best player in the draft. While I clearly rank him a few spots lower, Richardson is an elite talent blessed with size, burst and incredible power who will make an immediate impact. He's also a reliable receiver out of the backfield and a terrific pass blocker, making him a true three-down threat. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - The Browns have traded up one spot to No. 3 with the Minnesota to draft the player, they want, a league source confirmed. The Browns gave up a fourth, fifth and seventh-round pick to acquire the Vikings' pick. Those are believed to be the 118th, 139th and 211th picks. National reports, including those on NFL Network, say the Browns are moving up to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson. The Browns were concerned that the Tampa Bay Buccanneers were going to trade up ahead of them to grab the best running in the back. Details to come. Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said last month that the Browns would not trade up in this draft, but all of that changed when the Vikings opened their doors for business and started soliciting offers. The Bucs at No. 5 were hot after Richardson, and the Jaguars at No. 7 were trying to trade up for Okahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

04/23/2012 - Alabama is becoming the kind of NFL draft factory that the Miami Hurricanes were a decade ago. The national champion Crimson Tide is expected to have five players drafted in the first round Thursday night, which would be only the fifth time that has happened since the common draft began in 1967. Add in last year's first-round quartet, and only the Hurricanes of the early 2000s have had more a prolific stretch in the draft. Tide Tailback Trent Richardson, linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw and defensive backs Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick are all projected as first-rounders. Only Miami has produced nine first-rounders over a two-year period. The Hurricanes ultimately had 15 top-round picks over three years, ending in 2004. - AP Sports

04/19/2012 - Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Thursday that the entire franchise is in lockstep with what he plans to do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in seven days. "Everybody's on the same page here," he said. The Browns draft fourth, 22nd and 37th and believe they'll be able to land multiple players capable of helping the team immediately. However, Heckert said the Browns have only 18 players with a first-round grade. That means the number of prospects worthy of a first-round pick as graded by Cleveland's front office is just over 50 percent of the total picks in the round (32). That could point to offensive help, and the Browns need all of it they can get. In 2011, Cleveland broke the 20-point barrier just once -- Week 2, a 27-19 win at Indianapolis -- and ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense, 30th in points per game and 31st in rushing yards per game. Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon are two highly rated players and at least one should be available at No. 4 with quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III going 1-2. It's expected the Vikings, if they hold onto the third overall pick, will draft Southern Cal offensive tackle Matt Kalil. The Browns are also high on Kalil, working him out for a second time in 30 days earlier this week. "We know we'll get one of our top two guys," Heckert said. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - There had been rumblings that the Browns were considering Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill to compete with incumbent, if unproven, Colt McCoy. Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, who is 28 after beginning his pro career in minor-league baseball, is another option about whom Heckert spoke cautiously other than to say his age could be a factor. "We like Colt," said Heckert. "He looks great by the way. If we find a guy we like better, we'll bring him in." Heckert outlined the risk involved in drafting receivers early in the first round, but said the Browns do believe Blackmon is in the same class as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, the player the Falcons drafted after acquiring the Browns' first-round pick -- sixth overall -- last April. The No. 22 pick in the first round belongs to Cleveland as part of that 2011 draft-day deal That type of offer might again present itself, but the Browns are less likely to move back that far in the first round (27th), even if the moves brings a multitude of future picks. Heckert did say moving down but staying in the top 10 is appealing, especially if they can draft a similar player to their primary targets ... we read between those lines to say, we'd take Michael Floyd if we cannot get Richardson or Blackmon, but teams better be prepared to pay through the facemask. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/18/2012 - Alabama head coach Nick Saban was standing just a few feet away from Browns running backs coach Gary Brown during Alabama's Pro Day when Saban's star running back, Trent Richardson, exploded into the stout Brown during a routine blocking drill and knocked him on his backside. It was the block heard 'round the NFL world, and it made Saban chuckle, just like the dozens of other scouts and coaches in the 'Bama fieldhouse. "I thought it was funny," Saban, the former Browns defensive coordinator, said Wednesday in a phone interview. "Trent's a very powerful guy and [Brown] found that out first-hand, I guess." The Browns would see plenty more of Richardson's punishing, smash-mouth style if they draft him No. 4 in next Thursday's opening round of the NFL draft. He's far and away the top choice of most observers for the Browns at No. 4, and one of a handful of players they're considering with their top pick. "Trent is a very special player," said Saban. "He has a really good, complete skill set to play running back. He's got size and he's powerful, but he's got some quickness and can make you miss. He's got really good speed for his size, he's a good receiver and a good pass blocker. "I think 'bruising back' would be an insult to all that he is, even though he does that, too, because he's really tough and physical." - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

04/13/2012 - A cancer-stricken Alabama teen is going to the prom with the biggest man on campus - ex-Crimson Tide and future NFL star Trent Richardson. Courtney Alvis, 17, began receiving chemotherapy treatment as a junior at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Ala., and she's now determined to make it to the big dance - but not without some apprehension, MyFoxAl.com reports. "I wasn't comfortable with my body and of course I didn't have long pretty hair to fix and also I didn't have a date," she told the website. That led Alvis' uncle - who has some connections to University of Alabama - to contact Richardson, the Heisman trophy finalist who is expected to be the first running back selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. In football-mad Alabama, there is no bigger star. "I'm really excited but I'm also nervous," Alvis said. "I've watched Trent all the time on TV and he's going to be coming to prom with me." Courtney's mother, Stephanie, said seeing the regrowth of daughter's hair and her beautiful gown has meant so much, but it's Courtney's glimpse of freedom that means so much to her. "She's walking without a walker right now and she's planning on dancing Saturday night," Alvis' mother said. "You can't get any better than that." - Fox News

04/10/2012 - 'Tis the season for mock drafting, and for your reading pleasure, we've got six brand new, shiny mocks hanging out on the site for you to read. (One fool even has the Chiefs taking Ryan Tannehill, if you can imagine that!) But since we already know what's in our mock, we spend a lot of time checking out other ones. Like the one that Russ Lange did over at The Sporting News, where he has the Rams grabbing Justin Blackmon. Nothing crazy about that, but the blurb accompanying it is kind of surprising. "Our sources tell us the Rams' first choice is [Alabama running back Trent] Richardson," Lange writes. "But he is already off the board, so they grab Blackmon to give Sam Bradford an elite receiving weapon." As the folks over at Rotoworld point out, Lange is a former Rams scout. So he's probably got an idea or two what they're thinking on their draft board. Of course, maybe this isn't a shock: the Rams are now employing a coach who's run-first in Jeff Fisher. They've got a talented running back in Steven Jackson who's got a lot of mileage on his proverbial tires; Jackson's only 28 and only LaDainian Tomlinson, Thomas Jones and Ricky Williams have more carries among active running backs. (Jackson's the only other running back with more than 2,000 carries too.) - Will Brinson, CBS Sports

04/10/2012 - The Browns kicked off a busy week of pre-draft visits with Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Richardson, who is widely considered the Browns front-runner for the fourth pick in the draft, had a very impressive workout in Tuscaloosa last week. He had 283 carries for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide. Weeden, who could be taken with the 22nd pick, threw for 4,727 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2011 for the Cowboys. One draw back with Weeden is that he'll be 29 when the season starts in September. The Browns are also expecting to meet with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill later this week. - WOIO TV Action News 19, Cleveland

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama (5-9, 228): Even though he played healthy throughout the entire 2011 season, Richardson had a meniscus scope on his knee and was held out of workouts in Indianapolis. He was back at full health for his workout on March 29 on Alabama's campus and didn't show any signs of being hampered by the injury. Richardson ran his 40 in the high-4.4, low-4.5-second area and looked good in positional drills, cementing his status as an early first round pick. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/06/2012 - Last Thursday (March 29), Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Alabama running back Trent Richardson were involved in their school's Pro Day at virtually the same moment. Coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert attended the Alabama workout, which also featured linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron. Richardson knocked down Browns running backs coach Gary Brown during a blocking drill. The fact Heckert and Shurmur together chose to watch Richardson has led some to speculate the Browns plan to take Richardson with the fourth overall pick. Don't read a lot into that, though. Tannehill is scheduled to work out for the Browns privately. Plus, Tannehill is visiting the Browns at their training facility this week. Richardson made his visit Monday. The Browns have also scheduled a private workout with him. Potential draftees cannot work out when they visit an NFL team. The visits are for interviews and thorough medical exams. - The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - Conventional wisdom says not to take a running back in the top five because their careers don't last as long as some positions. Plus, they can be interchangeable and theoretically good backs can be drafted later and more cheaply. But Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, speaking to reporters at the workout in Tuscaloosa, said the rookie wage scale in the new CBA changes that thinking. "I know there are some people who have some concerns about taking a running back high," Saban said. "But with the salary-cap changes and the rookie pool, you're not investing as much in a guy as you used to. So you better take somebody who you know is going to be a good player on your team and a good fit for you. "(Richardson) is probably the best running back in the draft this year and probably one of the best players in the draft. That's based on his performance and his production and the consistency that he's played with and the personal characteristics that he has." - The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - The Bills continue to use up their allotment of 30 visits by college draft prospects. In for visits have been quarterbacks Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) and Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), defensive ends Chandler Jones (Syracuse) and Andre Branch (Clemson), linebacker Tank Carder (Texas Christian), tackle Mike Adams (Ohio State) and running back Trent Richardson (Alabama). Richardson is a top 10-ranked prospect and running back isn't a position of need for Buffalo. But the ability to meet with players and develop a relationship often pays off down the road when those players become free agents. - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - In a bit of news that will likely be blown out of proportion like most pre-draft visits, the Buffalo Bills are hosting a player at a position where their cupboards appear to be stocked and full. According to Buffalobills.com, the franchise is hosting four players for a pre-draft visit. The most notable of those four players is Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Richardson is thought to be a potential top five talent, but plays a position that has been de-valued as years have passed in the NFL Draft. The Bills already have four running backs on their roster currently in Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Tashard Choice and Johnny White. The other three players in for a visit are Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams, Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. Adams and Jones are thought to be fringe first-rounders at this point, while Wilson is right in the middle round range due to his lack of height. - Joe Buscaglia, WGR 550 Sports Radio

04/03/2012 - If there was any doubt left about whom the Browns should select with the fourth overall selection in this month's draft, Trent Richardson eliminated it. The bruising and gliding 5-foot-9, 227-pound Alabama running back knocked the Browns over - literally - during his pro day workout last week. Richardson ran through drills with NFL scouts and coaches holding pads. During one drill with Browns running back coach Gary Brown holding a pad, Richardson shoved the pad with a thrust block and sent his likely future position coach tumbling backward. "Any time someone's in my way, I'm going to try to knock them over," Richardson told reporters after the workout. "Either they're going to hit me, or I'm going to hit them. So, nine times out of 10, I'm trying to throw the lick." Richardson clocked sub-4.5 40-yard times consistently. He is regarded by many as the most NFL-ready back in the NFL Draft, a position the Browns have needed to fill with a bonafide threat since 1999. "I think he's probably the best running back in the draft this year," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Probably one of the best players in the draft. I think that's based on his performance and his production and his consistency he's played with. The personal characteristics he has in terms of psychological disposition to be successful, which is really A-plus." - Todd Porter, The Canton Repository

03/29/2012 - While the University of Alabama's first Pro Day drew a crowd of NFL scouts and assistants, Thursday morning's second Pro Day could end up being the more high-profile event with expected first-round draftees Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron all working out for scouts and coaches. All three players are coming off minor surgeries or injuries that limited them from full workouts at the NFL scouting combine or the Tide's first pro day event and with most college pro day's having already taken place, the Crimson Tide appear to have the national media's attention this week. - Matt Scalici, Alabama Live

03/29/2012 - Coach Nick Saban on former RB Trent Richardson: "He's probably the best running back in the draft this year and probably one of the best players in the draft. That's based on his performance and his production and the consistency that he's played with and the personal characteristics that he has." Richardson said he has visits scheduled with the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among others, before the NFL draft. Richardson worked out on Thursday at Alabama's second Pro Day. - Marc Torrence, CBSSports.com

03/29/2012 - ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge acknowledged the obvious. On April 26, when the clock starts ticking on the NFL Draft, quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor will be the first two picks. "Done deal," the ESPN analyst said. But after that? "If there were any questions about Trent Richardson - and let me emphasize I don't think there were many, if any - those were blown away today," Hoge said after Alabama featured the Escambia High graduate, plus BCS national championship teammates Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron, during a pro day workout Thursday at the Crimson Tide's Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. "Now the intrigue of speculation begins," Hoge added. "Because, let me tell you, that's one special running back we saw out there performing today." Hoge was right, of course. Richardson, who missed the NFL Combine workouts in February while recovering from minor knee surgery, dazzled several hundred media, NFL executives and coaches Thursday. In the 40-yard dash, this year's Doak Walker Award winner, ran 4.42 and 4.46 seconds. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. Richardson did not participate in either the long or vertical jumps, but went through an extended pass-catching session, showcasing cut-on-a-dime moves and explosiveness. "I'm not a medical doctor," Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said, "but, yeah, he looked great to me. He's a player, that's for sure." - Bob Heist, The Pensacola News Journal

03/29/2012 - Coach Nick Saban says the new rookie wage scale could change a trend that has seen few running backs taken early in the draft. "I know there's some people who have some concerns about taking a running back high," Saban said. "But as I said earlier, with the salary cap changes and the rookie pool, you're not investing as much in a guy as you used to. So you better take somebody who you know is going to be a good player on your team and a good fit for you." - Marc Torrence, CBS Sports

03/29/2012 - Trent Richardson flashed speed and power at Alabama's second pro day. The former Crimson Tide tailback, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron worked out for NFL scouts, general managers and coaches on Thursday. All three are projected first-round draft picks. The 227-pound Richardson says he bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. NFL.com says he was unofficially clocked from 4.45-4.49 in the 40. Richardson is considered the top running back available and a potential top 5 pick. He even knocked down Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown in a blocking drill. The Browns, who have the fourth pick and need a tailback, were also represented by head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert. Richardson, Upshaw and Barron all were recovering from injuries at the NFL combine. - AP Sports

03/29/2012 - Trent Richardson swept the Cleveland Browns off their feet-or at least one notable member of the franchise. The former Crimson Tide tailback probably left a lasting impression on Browns running backs coach Gary Brown Thursday during Round 2 of Alabama's pro day. Richardson bowled over Brown-a still-sturdy eight-year NFL veteran runner - in a blocking drill. So a potential suitor-the Browns have the fourth pick in April and need a running back-at least knows Richardson packs a wallop. "Any time someone's in my way, I'm going to try to knock them over," Richardson said. "Either they're going to hit me or I'm going to hit them. So nine times out of 10 I'm trying to throw the lick." Brown was among the large assembly of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers who attended the workouts. A possible top five draft pick, the physical 227-pound Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.45-4.49 range, according to NFL.com. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. Video of his hit on Brown quickly made the Internet rounds. More importantly, Browns coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert were on hand for pro day, too. Richardson said he's scheduled to visit Cleveland, St. Louis and Tampa among others. "Whoever wants me to come," he said, "I can't wait." - AP Sports

03/23/2012 - The Bucs may not select Alabama's Trent Richardson in the first round, but they almost certainly will grab a tailback early in the draft. There are concerns about ball-security problems with LeGarrette Blount, and with his pass protection and recognitions skills as well. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange.

03/14/2012 - Tailback Trent Richardson and safety Mark Barron, the consensus No. 1 prospects at their respective positions, have begun "specifically preparing" for the individual workouts for NFL scouts, according to a spokesman at CAA, which represents the two players. The former Alabama standouts, both work out at the API complex in Phoenix, were unable to take part in the Crimson Tide's pro day activities as they continued to rehabilitate from injuries. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/07/2012 - Quotes from Alabama's Pro Day, Head Coach Nick Saban...On the players' challenges to get ready for their pro day later in March: "Well, I think they are all working hard, and I think they have all made good decisions based on most of it being injury type things. Courtney [Upshaw] has a little bit of tendonitis in his knee, [he's] trying to work through that. Things seem to be a little accelerated this year, there wasn't a lot of time between when we last played and the Senior Bowl, and then the combine. I think having our spring break early and our pro day is a little earlier, so to give these guys a little time, Mark [Barron] and Trent [Richardson] to come back from their injuries, I think is probably a positive thing for those guys. They are all working hard and they are the kind of guys that are going to do a good job of getting ready for it." - Alabama football

03/06/2012 - Even though star running back Trent Richardson had minor knee surgery shortly after Alabama's victory over LSU in the BCS Championship Game, he "really wasn't limited at all" in the Jan. 9 game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Sunday. "I don't even think he knew he was hurt," Saban said during a news conference before a dinner at which he received the Bobby Bowden Collegiate Coach of the Year Award for the second time in three years from the Over The Mountain Touchdown Club. Richardson, who is skipping his senior season to turn pro, had arthroscopic surgery to repair damage he suffered in a practice before the championship game. He did not participate in drills at the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but he has scheduled a March 27 workout for pro scouts. Saban dismissed the injury as "very minor." "What happened was he got hit with a facemask," Saban said. "Somebody was laying on the ground and he ran by him, and the facemask caught his knee. He was hurt for a day, maybe a little bit. But he really didn't have any issues with it. "He didn't think it was a big deal, didn't even complain about - didn't even get treatment. Then after he played in the game and it didn't sort of go away like some nagging injuries should, we checked it out further and did an MRI on it. It was a real minor injury. Very minor." - Don Kausler Jr., The Birmingham News

03/06/2012 - Tailback Trent Richardson, the consensus top-rated running back and the No. 6 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, will not participate in drills at Alabama's Pro Day on Wednesday, agent Jimmy Sexton confirmed to The Sports Xchange. It was believed by most that Richardson, who underwent minor knee surgery in the offseason and was unable to work at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, would not be fully rehabilitated from the knee surgery in time for the campus workout. Some scouts, however, held out hope that Richardson might be ready for the audition. That will not be the case, though, and Richardson will work out for scouts in about three weeks, Sexton said. "He just started running full speed this week (at the API facility in Phoenix), and he's close to be ready, but it's not quite there yet," Sexton said. "People should have plenty of time to see him and get a good read." Also skipping the Alabama Pro Day, which will still feature several top prospects, and is expected to attract representatives from all 32 franchises, will be safety Mark Barron, the top-rated player at his position by NFLDraftScout.com. Barron recently underwent double hernia surgery, and was also unable to participate in the on-field drills at the Combine. Like Richardson, Barron is expected to be able to get on the field closer to the end of this month. The inability to work out so far has not affected the projected draft statuses of either of the Crimson Tide stars. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/06/2012 - It is believed that Richardson, 20, injured his left knee in the practices preceding the national championship game. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the procedure on Richardson's knee, has characterized the operation as minor and assessed the back should experience no long-term problems. Richardson's rehabilitation has progressed as scheduled, and he appears to be on target for the late-month workout. A Heisman Trophy finalist, Richardson is projected as a top 10 selection in April, perhaps even a top five choice, despite the fact running backs have been devalued a bit in recent years in the draft. In three seasons at Alabama, he rushed for 3,130 yards and 35 touchdowns on 540 carries. In 2011, Richardson registered 283 rushes for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the Combine, Richardson measured 5-feet-9 1/4, 228 pounds. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2012 - Trent Richardson is going to miss the biggest week for NFL Draft prospects, according to a post on USA Today's website. Running backs hoping to secure futures in the NFL will work out at the scouting combine Sunday. The record-setting Alabama tailback will not be among them. Still recovering from minor knee surgery, Richardson will skip the NFL Combine and perform for scouts at a personal Pro Day he's scheduled for March 27, according to a report by NFL Network. It was not made clear if that workout will be held at the University of Alabama campus or at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Phoenix where Richardson is currently training. - Bob Heist, The Pensacola News Journal

02/23/2012 - Running backs hoping to secure futures in the NFL will work out at the scouting combine Sunday. Alabama's Trent Richardson will not be among them. Still convalescing from minor knee surgery, Richardson will perform for scouts March 27, per NFL Network. Richardson is widely regarded as the top tailback prospect in the draft, and some analysts even view him as worthy of a top-five selection (the Buccaneers choose fifth). - Nate Davis, USA TODAY

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 6. *Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, 5-11, 224, 1...Richardson is a better pro prospect than former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (No. 28 pick in 2011 draft by New Orleans Saints), whose job he inherited at Alabama. Although he doesn't have world class speed, Richardson explodes into and through defenders with sudden power. He is wide, low and runs with patience and control while looking for a lane, but if it isn't there he is willing to initiate contact, reminiscent of a short, stout Adrian Peterson. Last season, Richardson became Alabama's full-time starter for the first time and carried 283 times for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns to break Ingram's single-season school record. Richardson is an efficient blocker and excellent pass catcher who had another 338 yards and three touchdowns receiving last season. He was the only hint of offense in the BCS Championship game, scoring the lone touchdown, a 34-yarder, in the Tide's 21-0 victory over LSU. Richardson, who finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, is proudly responsible for two daughters, ages three and five, from a long-time romance in his home town Pensacola, Fla. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - The competition to be the second running back selected in the 2012 NFL Draft will go from one of the more intriguing second tier topics of this week's Scouting Combine to one of the major stories with news Wednesday that Alabama runner Trent Richardson, the unquestioned top talent at the position, won't be able to perform in Indianapolis. Richardson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated overall prospect, underwent minor knee surgery a few weeks ago after initially injuring his knee while preparing for the BCS National Championship, according to NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora. Though Richardson won't be able to participate in the athletic drills at the Combine, according to the report, he is expected to be able to participate in Alabama's March 7 Pro Day. Assuming that team doctors don't find reason to believe that Richardson will be troubled by the knee in the future, his stock isn't likely to be impacted, according to a league source who shared his thoughts under the condition of anonymity. "If the doctors say he's okay, it won't change anything. [Richardson] is an elite talent," the scout wrote in a text message. Considering the physicality with which he plays, however, the injury certainly will be checked out thoroughly by every team. Richardson suffered a slight MCL tear in 2011 and underwent surgery as a sophomore in high school after tearing ligaments in his ankle. Richardson is currently slated to be a top five draft pick by Dane Brugler and I. Our colleague Pete Prisco has Richardson slipping a bit further but still has the Crimson Tide star earning a pick in the top half of the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB: The former Bama star has it all: size, power, moves and sprinter's speed. Pound-for-pound Richardson, who has benched almost 500 pounds and cleaned almost 400, might just be the strongest player in Indy. Don't be too surprised if he also proves to be one of the fastest and most explosive too. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

02/13/2012 - In the past five drafts, there were just three tailbacks -- Darren McFadden, Adrian Peterson, and C.J. Spiller -- taken among the top 10 in the first round, but Richardson might add to the group. Reminded of his assessment last year that Ingram "runs mad," an AFC scout said of Richardson: "What's beyond mad? Pissed off? OK, [Richardson] runs pissed off." Ingram didn't go off the board until the 28th pick last year, and Richardson shouldn't have to wait as long to have his named called. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - There is no such debate for now about the No. 1 tailback prospect in the draft, with Alabama underclass star Trent Richardson seeming to comfortably hold down the top spot. The Heisman Trophy finalist rushed for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns in '11, with an average of 5.9 yards per attempt, and looks to have a big edge over other players at the position, such as Miami's Lamar Miller, David Wilson of Virginia Tech or Chris Polk of Washington. Although Richardson had a slight MCL tear in '11, he hasn't suffered the kind of injuries some tailback prospects did in recent years, and clearly doesn't have the surgical history. Richardson's former Crimson Tide teammate, Mark Ingram, was the lone tailback chosen in the first round last year, and the position isn't the priority it once was, given the ability of teams to unearth runners in later rounds, the relatively brief shelf-life at the position, and the time-sharing plan initiated by many NFL teams. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/12/2012 - Alabama junior cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and junior running back Trent Richardson announced Thursday that they will be entering the 2012 National Football League Draft. In addition, junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower has decided he will also declare for the draft. Richardson was Alabama's second Heisman Trophy finalist in the last three years, the winner of the Doak Walker Award and a unanimous first-team All-American. In his first full season as a starter, he set the school record with 1,679 yards rushing and 21 rushing touchdowns. He also tied the school and SEC record with 24 total touchdowns while setting the school mark for all-purpose yards with 2,083. He helped the Crimson Tide to two National Championships during his three years and posted a 36-4 overall record at the Capstone. "We love the support that the University, Tuscaloosa and Coach Saban has given (my family)," said Richardson. "I would never have wanted to play for another college coach. Coach Burton Burns is the best running backs coach I have ever played for or ever seen. The off-the-field stuff he tries to provide for us in being a father figure is big for me. I could never repay Alabama back for what it has meant in my life. It has helped raise me from being a teenager to a young man. This is a sad time, and a happy time. I am going to try and represent Alabama in a class way going into the draft this year." - Alabama football

01/12/2012 - Alabama All-Americans Trent Richardson and Dre Kirkpatrick have declared for the NFL draft. The two announced their decisions to skip their senior seasons with the national champions. Richardson and Kirkpatrick are both projected as potential Top 10 picks. Richardson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and was third in the Heisman voting. He set school single-season rushing records with 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was a first-team AP All-America selection while Kirkpatrick was a second-teamer. The Tide lost three underclassmen to the NFL last year, but wound up beating LSU 21-0 in Monday night's national title game. Kirkpatrick and Richardson were part of two national championship teams. - AP Sports

01/12/2012 - Trent Richardson and other key performers on Alabama's national championship team will announce their future plans at a press conference Thursday. Richardson, a junior who ran for 1,679 and 21 touchdowns, finished third in the Heisman voting last month. He is projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL draft. Also making decisions on the NFL will be two key performers of the nation's top defense - linebacker Dont'a Hightower and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick. Hightower was a first-team All-American and finalist for the Butkus Award. He led the Crimson Tide with 85 tackles. Kirkpatrick is considered one of the top coverage cornerbacks in the country. He was a finalist for the Thorpe Award. - Erick Smith, USA TODAY

01/09/2012 - Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals and Trent Richardson broke a 34-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter as No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 LSU 21-0 on Monday night-the first shutout in BCS title game history. Richardson swept around left end and raced down the sideline to the end zone with 4:36 left for the first touchdown between the Southeastern Conference rivals in more than 115 minutes of play and one overtime period. Alabama had put it away before that as Shelley kicked field goals of 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards in the first three quarters to make it 15-0, matching an all-bowl record. He also missed two field goals and an extra-point attempt. But this time the missed kicks didn't matter to the Tide. The Tigers and Tide met on Nov. 5 in what was dubbed the Game of the Century, and the Tigers won a touchdown-less, defensive standoff, 9-6 in overtime. Alabama went 2 for 6 on field goals in Tuscaloosa. - AP Sports

01/09/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Alabama has played in more bowl games than any school in college football, going 32-22-3 in 58 past appearances (one was vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Its last bowl game was last year, when it waxed Michigan State 49-7 in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. It's 5-2 in postseason games at the Superdome. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Trent Richardson will enter the national championship game without a Heisman Trophy award in tow but was certainly an All-American this year, rushing for 1,583 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns against defenses stacked specifically to stop him. He was outstanding in the loss to LSU with 169 total yards from scrimmage and will get his numbers again, no matter how tough the defense. - The Sports Xchange

12/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST (BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER): Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB, Jr...In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Pensacola, Fla., native leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns. Richardson has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Throughout the 2011 campaign, he has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses. - Alabama football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD WINNER (BEST RUNNING BACK): Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson became the first Crimson Tide player in school history to earn the prestigious Doak Walker Award. Richardson earned the honor at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, held at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney's Boardwalk. Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., was named a Walter Camp All-American just before learning that he was tabbed the top running back in the country. The junior has also been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a SEC first-team honoree. He also garnered first team AFCA All-American honors. The powerful back is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. This season, Richardson set the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 20. That number also ties him for second most in a season in SEC history. - Alabama football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALIST (BEST RUNNING BACK): Trent Richardson, Alabama, Jr...In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Pensacola, Fla., native leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns. Richardson has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Throughout the 2011 campaign, he has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses. - Alabama football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. This season, Richardson set the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 20. That number also ties him for second most in a season in SEC history. - Alabama football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: RB Trent Richardson, Jr., Alabama, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. This season, Richardson set the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 20. That number also ties him for second most in a season in SEC history. - Alabama football

12/07/2011 - 2011 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Pensacola, Fla., native leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns. Richardson has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Throughout the 2011 campaign, he has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses. - Alabama football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. This season, Richardson set the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 20. That number also ties him for second most in a season in SEC history. - Alabama football

12/06/2011 - SEC Western Division runner-up Alabama and SEC Champion LSU had the most representatives on the 2011 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches' Football Team, the league office announced on Tuesday. Alabama had 11 total members, while LSU had 10. Seven of the 12 SEC schools had a member on the first-team All-SEC squad. LSU and Alabama both led with six members on the first team, while Arkansas had five. Arkansas had eight total members on the annual list. Eastern Divsion Champion Georgia had seven members, while Auburn had six. Vanderbilt and South Carolina had four each. Alabama led with five selections on the second team, while LSU had four. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Arkansas' Joe Adams made the first team twice - once as a return specialist and once at the all-purpose position. Marquis Maze of Alabama was also recognized at two positions on the second team. Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) and Brad Wing (LSU) were the only freshmen to make the squad. The SEC individual award winners will be released on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced on Thursday. - SEC football

12/05/2011 - 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Alabama running back Trent Richardson, is one of five finalists for the 2011 Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Memorial Trust announced Monday evening. "It is a dream to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy," Richardson said on Monday afternoon. "There are very few people that can say they were a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and even less that can say they were a finalist. This is a tremendous honor, but one that wouldn't be possible without my teammates, especially my offensive line. As far as I'm concerned this is a team award." In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns. He has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Richardson has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses. He has averaged 142.0 rushing yards per game and 198.4 all-purpose yards per game against five top-25 opponents with six total touchdowns while averaging 105 rush yards per game and 142 all-purpose yards per game against five top-20 total defenses. - Alabama football

12/05/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Trent Richardson, Alabama: In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns. He has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Richardson has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses. - Alabama football

11/27/2011 - WEEK 13 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trent Richardson, Alabama: Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards (on 27 carries) as the second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Auburn, 42-14, in the Iron Bowl. Richardson added a five-yard touchdown reception as Alabama improved to 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC West. - Walter Camp Award

11/26/2011 - Trent Richardson and No. 2 Alabama have convinced Nick Saban that they're worthy of competing for college football's top prize. They'll have to wait a while before for the final decision is rendered. Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards and AJ McCarron threw three first-half touchdown passes to lift Alabama to a 42-14 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday in what amounted to a statement game. Let the lobbying begin. Saban said he thinks the Tide is one of the nation's best two teams, Richardson's the top player and `Bama deserves a second shot at LSU. "This team lost one game in overtime to a very, very good team who's No. 1 right now," the Tide coach said. "And we lost in overtime. Everybody's got to make their choices and decisions about that. "But I think we've got a great football team and a great bunch of young men who have done a wonderful job and played some really dominant football on both sides of the ball. I think they deserve an opportunity, the best opportunity that's out there for them." The Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) has a week before finding out if its resume is good enough to secure a shot at a second national title in three years. No. 5 Oklahoma State, fourth in the BCS standings, and No. 1 LSU have big games remaining against No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 13 Georgia, respectively. "That's out of our hands but I think we've proven we should be there without a doubt," said Alabama tight end Brad Smelley, who had six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Richardson ran 27 times and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in his final chance to impress Heisman voters. He had runs of 35 and 57 yards to set up second-half scores. "To me, Trent's the best football player in the country," Saban said. - AP Sports

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES: RB TRENT RICHARDSON (Alabama) -- Tied a career-high with 175 rushing yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns and scored a third on a 4-yard reception against Georgia Southern. - SEC football

11/21/2011 - The latest AP college football poll gives a new meaning to the term all-SEC. The Southeastern Conference is the second league to have the top three spots in ranking all to itself. No. 1 LSU held the top spot for the ninth straight week in Sunday's rankings, and after a weekend when three other top-five teams lost, Alabama moved up a spot to No. 2 and Arkansas jumped three places to No. 3. The only other time in the 75-year history of the Associated Press rankings that the top three teams all came from the same conference was the final regular-season poll of 1971, when Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado from the Big Eight were 1-2-3. And this time it's not just one conference, but one division (the SEC West) holding down the top spots. No. 4 Stanford from the Pac-12 is the first non-SEC team in the rankings and Oklahoma State dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 after its first loss of the season. The Cowboys lost 37-31 in double overtime at Iowa State on Friday night. That opened the door for Alabama to move up to No. 2. "You're excited to see things like that of course because at Alabama we play for championships, that's what we do," defensive end Damion Square said after Alabama's easy victory against Georgia Southern on Saturday. Little did Square realize the situation was about to get even better for Alabama and the SEC. Oregon lost 38-35 at home to Southern California that night and Oklahoma fell at Baylor 45-38. - AP Sports

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB TRENT RICHARDSON (Alabama) -- Rushed for 127 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown and also caught two passes for 26 yards against Mississippi State. - SEC football

11/13/2011 - Alabama is done feeling sorry for itself. Now the Crimson Tide's back to inflicting pain on the opposing team. Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, Alabama's defense gave up just 131 total yards and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Mississippi State 24-7 on Saturday night. "After a loss like last week, a win is the only medicine," Richardson said. It was a typical no-frills victory for Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), which has won nine of its last 11 against Mississippi State, including four straight. The Crimson Tide defense has held 11 straight opponents to 14 points or less. Alabama struggled again with field goals, missing two of them in the first half after missing four in last week's 9-6 loss to No. 1 LSU. But Richardson and Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns, made up for those miscues. "We had a slow start," Lacy said. "They had a lot of energy, but energy only lasts so long." Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5) remains one victory from bowl eligibility. Third-year coach Dan Mullen is now 2-11 against SEC Western Division rivals, with both victories coming against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs averaged just 2.2 yards per play. Richardson didn't have his typical Heisman-caliber performance, finding little running room against Mississippi State's defense, especially in the first half. But he got stronger as the game progressed, with an explosive 25-yard run early in the fourth quarter to Mississippi State's 4. - AP Sports

11/07/2011 - WEEK 10 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB TRENT RICHARDSON (Alabama) -- Totaled 192 all-purpose yards, including 89 rushing on 23 carries and had five catches for 80 yards against LSU. - SEC football

10/23/2011 - The game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will kick off in prime time. CBS Sports announced Sunday that the Nov. 5 game will start at 8 p.m. EDT at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game. It sets up to be the second No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup of Southeastern Conference teams, but the first in the regular season. Both teams have an open date before the SEC West clash. - AP Sports

10/22/2011 - Tennessee muted the chatter about that Alabama-LSU showdown for a half, at least. AJ McCarron passed for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead No. 2 Alabama to a second-half surge and a 37-6 rout of the Volunteers Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on its first five possessions after halftime to turn a tie game with the rival Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) into a blowout. That set up a two-week bonanza of hype ahead of Alabama's showdown with No. 1 LSU, which routed Auburn 45-19 in a game that ended shortly before this one kicked off. Alabama had either first downs or touchdowns on its first 10 plays of the second half to bust open a 6-6 game and let the pre-LSU hype start anew. The Tide outgained the Vols 280-41 in the second half and the nation's No. 1 defense didn't allow a first down. Trent Richardson scored two touchdowns in the second half but finished with 77 yards, leaving him tied with Shaun Alexander for the school mark of six straight 100-yard rushing games. - AP Sports

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama: Richardson rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 17 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns in Alabama's 52-7 win at Ole Miss...His 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his career-longest and put the Crimson Tide ahead, 31-7...He also added two catches for 30 yards...Richardson has now tied a school-record and leads the nation with six straight 100-yard rushing games...He now ranks 10th all-time at Alabama with 2,363 career rushing yards...He leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally with 130.3 rushing yards per game and is third in the nation in scoring (13.71 ppg) with 16 total touchdowns. - SEC football

10/15/2011 - Alabama's Trent Richardson now has his signature Heisman highlight. The Crimson Tide's bullish back set career marks with 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns and destroyed Mississippi's defense with a 76-yard touchdown run that displayed both his uncommon power and speed in a 52-7 win Saturday night. "I don't think it's the best (game), but it's a good one, and hopefully there's going to be more to come," Richardson said. The junior and Jalston Fowler, who had his own big scoring run from 69 yards out, pushed the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) to 389 rushing yards in an offensive performance that was only slightly more impressive than Alabama's defensive effort. The Tide held the Rebels (2-4, 0-3) to 113 total yards and 28 rushing, brushing aside Ole Miss as easily as Richardson. The 52 points were the most in a Southeastern Conference game for Alabama since 1990 and the loss was the worst for Ole Miss since a 49-3 defeat to Florida in 1981. The Crimson Tide built a slow-blooming 17-7 halftime lead on scoring runs of 8 and 7 yards by Richardson. But he really turned up the power in the second half. He capped Alabama's opening drive of the third quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run set up by AJ McCarron's 36-yard pass to Darius Hanks. - AP Sports

10/03/2011 - LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa. The SEC West rivals held the first two spots in The Associated Press college football poll released Sunday as the second-ranked Crimson Tide jumped past No. 3 Oklahoma. Alabama's rise gives the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 10th time in the last four seasons. And for the first time since 2000, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams reside in the same division. That season Nebraska and Kansas State of the Big 12 North held the top two spots in the AP poll for one week. The Tide beat Florida 38-10 on Saturday night in Gainesville, then received 12 first-place votes in the media rankings. LSU remained No. 1 for a second straight week, receiving 40 first-place votes and 1,473 points. Alabama had 1,435 points. The Tigers play the Tide on Nov. 5 in a game that could ultimately decide the division - and much more. Oklahoma, which started the season No. 1 before slipping behind LSU last week, got seven first-place votes. Wisconsin also moved up after a big victory, jumping three spots to No. 4 after a 48-17 win against Nebraska. Boise State, which had one first-place vote, slipped a spot to No. 5. Oklahoma was No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' poll, followed by LSU, Alabama, Stanford and Wisconsin. The top eight in the AP poll were all undefeated, with No. 6 Oklahoma State followed by Stanford and Clemson. - AP Sports

10/03/2011 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB TRENT RICHARDSON (Alabama) -- Tallied career-best 181 rushing yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns and had two catches for 27 yards against Florida. - SEC football

10/02/2011 - No. 3 Alabama showed it can run and stop the run better than 12th-ranked Florida, maybe better than anyone in the country. Trent Richardson had a career-high 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns, breaking tackles and carrying defenders along the way, and the Crimson Tide rolled the Gators 38-10 Saturday night in an early season matchup of Southeastern Conference heavyweights. "This was very sweet because it was against Florida," said Richardson, a junior from nearby Pensacola. "I really wanted to play well in this game and help us get a win." Richardson finished with his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, and the latest one should solidify his position as one the Heisman Trophy front-runners. With Richardson leading the way, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its recent dominance in the series. Alabama has outscored Florida (4-1, 2-1) 101-29 in the last three meetings, all wins. The latest one was over by halftime, a clear knockout in a game billed as Florida's speed vs. Alabama's power. It also denied new Florida coach Will Muschamp a victory against his mentor, Alabama's Nick Saban. "Obviously, we didn't do many things well," Muschamp said. "We have to correct the issues we have because we'll see them again." - AP Sports

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama: Richardson rushed for a game-high 126 yards on 17 carries (7.4 avg) in Alabama's 38-14 win against Arkansas. He also caught three passes for a game-high 85 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown...It was Richardson's third straight 100-yard game and now ranks second in the SEC with an average of 110.3 rushing yards per game...Richardson now has nine total touchdowns on the season (8 rush, 1 pass) and is fifth nationally in scoring...His TD catch and run with 9:57 left in the third quarter put the game out of reach for the Crimson Tide at 31-7...He finished with 235 all-purpose yards with the addition of a 24-yard kickoff return...Alabama is second in the SEC in rushing offense and total offense and Richardson is also second in the SEC in rushing (110.25 ypg). - SEC football

09/24/2011 - Trent Richardson rushed for 120 yards and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and No. 3 Alabama overwhelmed No. 14 Arkansas in a 38-14 win on Saturday. The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown that the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1) hoped would stamp them as a legitimate contender. Instead, the league's top defense thoroughly overpowered Tyler Wilson and the No. 1 offense. Tide quarterback AJ McCarron also came up big in his first SEC start. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score. McCarron, also the holder, hooked up with tight end Michael Williams for a 37-yard touchdown on a fake field goal. - AP Sports

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB TRENT RICHARDSON (Alabama) -- Rushed for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries (15.2 ypc) against North Texas. - SEC football

09/18/2011 - Alabama's potent tailback tandem Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy took turns sprinting toward the end zone. North Texas never got there at all. Richardson and Lacy each had a pair of long touchdown runs and career rushing highs of 160-plus yards to make a little backfield history, and No. 2 Alabama's defense smothered the Mean Green in a 41-0 victory Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (3-0) had never had two backs run for even 150 yards in the same game. Richardson and Lacy covered the yardage in big chunks. "To break free in Bryant-Denny is always a good feeling," Richardson said. To do it a couple of times is even better. "That's one of the best feelings as a running back to know you don't have to worry about nobody touching you or hitting you," Lacy said. "The offensive line did everything they were supposed to do, the wide receivers blocked downfield. Getting the touchdowns is one of the best feelings ever." Richardson scored three times - including a 58-yarder and a career-long 71-yarder - and had most of his 167 yards on the two long ones to help Alabama race into its showdown with No. 14 Arkansas. He had 24 yards at halftime against the Mean Green (0-3) and the nation's 117th-rated defense. Lacy scored on runs of 43 and 67 yards and gained 161 yards. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Alabama at Penn State, Sept. 10 - It's a matchup of two of the most storied programs in college football history. The Tide appear to have better material, but in a Happy Valley "whiteout," the Nittany Lions will have an emotional edge. It might be the last time venerable coach Joe Paterno faces Alabama. KEYS TO THE GAME: This game will be a test of the Crimson Tide's mental toughness. With more than 100,000 Nittany Lion fans turning Beaver Stadium into a cauldron of noise, can inexperienced QBs AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims reduce mistakes? If so, there's almost no way Alabama can lose as its defense appears to match up very well with the Penn State offense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Trent Richardson - After last week's 37-yard, 13-carry effort against Kent State, logic suggests that getting Richardson going will be job No. 1 for the Tide offense. Richardson enjoyed a terrific game last year against Penn State and he'll need one to keep this game from being really dangerous. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - While most expect tailback Trent Richardson to improve on 37 yards in 13 carries - his numbers against Kent State - in this game, there's no guarantees that the physical Nittany Lion defense will be pliable. Tide fans also want to see if the quarterbacks can operate the offense at a fair level of efficiency in the noise pit that will be Beaver Stadium. Keeping pre-snap penalties to a minimum might be as important as avoiding physical errors. The defense isn't a big concern and figures to keep Penn State's average-at-best offense in check. But it can't win a game by itself if the offense makes a pile of mistakes. "We've just got to pay attention to detail and continue to work to play to that standard that coach Saban always talks about," center William Vlachos said. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - RB Trent Richardson and Tide fans are sure hoping the dreaded "SI Jinx" doesn't apply to him. He was one of a handful of subjects on the cover of Sports Illustrated's college football preview issue. Richardson is expected by many to be a contender for the Heisman Trophy in December. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - The Tide, who finished third in the SEC and 22nd in the country with an average of 444.1 yards in total offense, might not be as potent with the voids left by Jones and Ingram, who were selected No. 6 and No. 28, respectively, in the NFL draft. With Richardson and White settling into their roles, though, there may not be too big a drop off. Richardson's 6.3 yards per carry last season ranked fourth in the SEC, but he never truly emerged from Ingram's shadow. With the backfield job all to himself, many are expecting big things from the bruising back. "To me, Trent has always been one of the guys," tight end Michael Williams said. "I know he's been a backup but he's been a leader on this team since Day 1...it will be very exciting to see him start being that main back and get most of the carries. I don't think he'll disappoint at all." Coach Nick Saban doesn't seem too concerned with how Richardson will adapt to his increased role. "I don't see a big difference," said Saban, who played defensive back at Kent State from 1970-72. "Trent is who he is, and he's always been a good leader, a hard worker and a guy that affects other people because of the kind of person that he is. Now that his circumstances have changed, and he can be the lead dog at running back, that doesn't really create a new person. "He's always been a good player because of who he is." - AP Sports

08/30/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: TB Trent Richardson - A backup to Mark Ingram the last two years, Richardson now becomes the offense's fulcrum with the graduation of Ingram and QB Greg McElroy, as well as the early departure of WR Julio Jones for the NFL. Richardson has game-breaking speed and also runs with surprising power in the tackle box. To prepare himself for the heavier workload, the junior beefed up to 224 pounds in the offseason. With a veteran O-line fronting for him, Richardson should appear on Heisman Trophy ballots in December. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Richardson, now 5-feet-11, 224 pounds, says to this day that he doesn't know what his maximum bench press can be because he has not been allowed to go beyond 460 pounds. Boyd said Richardson was able to condense a three-hour workout into 1 1/2 hours simply by maximizing the use of his time. Instead of walking around and talking to people between sets, Richardson was limited to 45 seconds before he would begin his next lift. Boyd said Richardson's ability to be efficient in the weight room comes from a strenuous running regimen, which included 12 to 16 200-meter dashes. Each run is done within 24 seconds with a 45-second break between each run. When Richardson takes a handoff or catches a pass, he has one constant thought when he sees defenders converging quickly. His brain begins to plot his escape, and if all else fails, he'll transform into a wrecking ball. "I'm not going to let the first defender take me down," Richardson said. "I try to use my power in a lot of stuff I do. I try to stiff arm, run somebody over, try to go past them. It helps me with my speed, too." To say Richardson is an icon in the weight room is an understatement. "Just look at him. He's quite a specimen," Alabama center William Vlachos said. "And he continues to work hard. I think a lot of times guys like that, they look at their max numbers, or they look at themselves in the mirror and think, 'Man, I don't have to push myself in this workout today.' But he brings it each and every day, and the results speak for themselves on the field and the way he looks. - Izzy Gould, Tuscaloosa Bureau

08/28/2011 - Trent Richardson is no longer one of college football's most talked about backups. The tailback for No. 2 Alabama figures to be the centerpiece of the offense after taking over for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Richardson has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice. He has drawn attention for his sculpted physique, weight room prowess and powerful runs. He's even had some Heisman buzz of his own. But Richardson doesn't seem all that impressed by any of those things going into his third season. "He's not the type of person that gets hyped up by what fans are saying," older brother Terrell Richardson said. "He doesn't want to go out there like, `I'm going for the Heisman.' He just wants to show people he can play football." There's no doubt about that. Richardson has spent the past two seasons bulldozing and outrunning defenders and even corralling some of the headlines from Ingram. He's shown enough potential for stardom that losing Ingram has caused little, if any, concern leading up to the season opener against Kent State. Coach Nick Saban isn't worrying about how Richardson will handle his new role - and increased attention. "I don't see a big difference," Saban said. "Trent is who he is, and he's always been a good leader, a hard worker and a guy that affects other people because of the kind of person that he is. Now that his circumstances have changed, and he can be the lead dog at running back, that doesn't really create a new person. "He's always been a good player because of who he is." - AP Sports

08/24/2011 - It's tough to argue against the Southeastern Conference as the best in college football. The last five national champions have hailed from the league, and seven of the 12 teams reached the eight-win mark last year. Entering the 2011 season, eight schools are featured in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches preseason top-25 polls. So what makes the SEC so good? A quick look around the conference shows one consistency - the running backs. "You don't see too many players as big and fast and strong and have the same combination of speed and power to be able to move the way they do in the SEC," said Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower at SEC Media Days. "It's tough and it's kind of hard to prepare. You see competition like this in the SEC each and every week. Different guys come in with different vibes and different breaks. It's fun for the competition." Eight SEC running backs are on onto the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list, given annually to the nation's best running back. "We have a powerhouse conference, and it's what we do," said Alabama running back Trent Richardson at SEC Media Days. "With the Big 12 you have the quarterback league, and you have guys who are going to throw the ball more and be in the spread a little more. I think this league you're going to run the pistol or the I-formation, and you're going to run that ball." Of all the backs returning this year, seven broke the 550-yard mark last season, and even more seem poised to do so again this year. - Mark Clements, LSU The Reveille

08/11/2011 - Alabama's August to-do list: Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It's almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk. Some of the important pieces have changed and a few key questions remain unanswered, but blue-chip replacements keep the preseason conversation in Tuscaloosa consistent. "We want to come out and win a national championship, to be undefeated," All-America safety Mark Barron said. "Every time we step out on the field, one of our motivating factors is to be special." It didn't happen with championship-caliber regularity last season when the Tide viewed its 10 wins as a letdown. The offseason was traumatic with a devastating tornado striking the city in April followed by the May death of left tackle Aaron Douglas in May. Tide players and fans enter this season with heavy hearts - and high hopes. Tailback Trent Richardson steps in for 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram. There's less certainty about the fill-ins for the other first-rounders - defensive end Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Julio Jones and left tackle James Carpenter. But coach Nick Saban has stockpiled highly rated recruiting classes and won 36 games and one national title the last three seasons. Even he doesn't downplay his team's talent level much while asserting that a preseason Top-5 projection "means nothing." "Whatever we do this year, we're going to have to do it on the field," Saban said., Richardson brushes off the preseason hype as old hat. "It's like that every year," said Richardson, who goes from punishing, flashy backup to the offensive centerpiece. "It's not a shock to me, but at the same time everybody that picked us to win it, we can't let them down. We can't let them down at all." - AP Sports

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Trent Richardson, Alabama, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. - The Louisville Sports Commission

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): AP Trent Richardson, Alabama, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Trent Richardson, Alabama, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Trent Richardson (Jr.), Alabama, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. - The PwC SMU Athletic Forum

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

07/05/2011 - Tuscaloosa police say Alabama running back Trent Richardson was the victim in an early-morning hit-and-run. Officers received a call about 1:30 a.m. Thursday about an accident in which Richardson was the victim. The player wasn't hurt, and it's not clear whether Richardson was in a vehicle or whether he was a pedestrian. A police statement says Richardson declined to sign a warrant on a menacing charge after the incident, and the case is now closed. A spokesman says police won't release any more information about what happened. Police did issue a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident, but they won't release the person's name. - AP Sports

05/12/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Trent Richardson - The junior tailback will finally have the job all to himself after splitting carries with Mark Ingram over the past two seasons. Some like to think that Richardson is more talented than Ingram and could have put up just as good of numbers if he received the same number of carries. Now is his chance to prove it. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - Running back Trent Richardson, taken third, is the fifth running back drafted by the Browns in the top 10. They drafted Jim Brown sixth in 1957, Mike Pruitt seventh in 1977, Greg Allen seventh in 1985 and Tommy Vardell ninth in 1992. - The Sports Xchange

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