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Video of Richardson, other Heisman finalists goofing around

Take a look at four of the five Heisman Trophy candidates cutting up in the photo op yesterday in Times Square with Trent Richardson on the right. Much more to come from this evening’s hoopla.

 


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Heisman expert says voters faced toughest vote in memory

All the Heisman Trophy votes are in and a winner will be named Saturday night in New York. As one Heisman expert says, it’s been quite a year.

Kari Chisholm, the operator of StiffArmTrophy.com, said this year is unique for several reasons. His site asks voters to submit their ballot for a straw poll that currently has Baylor’s Robert Griffin III leading Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

What’s interesting, Chisholm said, is what they aren’t seeing. As many as 18 players received points over the past few years from voters as a protest, joke or for other reasons. That’s not the case this year, from the sample Chisholm has seen.

“The votes really are concentrated to the five finalists plus Matt Barkley and Case Keenum,” Chisholm said. “What that tells you is that it was a really tough vote this year. A lot of Heisman voters are saying it was the toughest vote they’ve ever had to give.”

Read more about is and other trends in Heisman voting in tomorrow’s printed editions. It will be interesting.


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Two more Heisman projections out: Richardson leads one

This is shaping out to be one of the closest Heisman races in history after last year’s blow out. Two more polls of voters went live today.

Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.

The USA Today version puts Trent Richardson in the lead with five first-place votes followed by Stanford’s Andrew Luck who has two. Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is in third.

Over at StiffArmTrophy.com, Richardson is third. You’ll have to check out the site to understand their polling methodology is a little different than the others out there.

Click here for the two other projections released yesterday.

Finalists will be announced Monday and the award ceremony is next Saturday in New York. Keep it here for coverage all the way to Times Square.


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Trent Richardson leads two Heisman polls

This one is coming down to the final few days. And Trent Richardson’s strong finish served him well in the Heisman Trophy race.

Two major polls leave the Alabama running back in the lead for the stiff-armed trophy. That career-high 203 yards at Auburn certainly helped.

Click here for the straw poll at HeismanPundit.com that has Richardson on top followed by Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Only two points separate the top three in the survey of Heisman voters.

Then click here for the ESPN poll that includes a both voters and non-voters in the actual race. Richardson leads Luck with eight first-place votes to the Stanford QB’s five.

Neither of the two front runners play Saturday while Griffin III plays Texas. We’ll see if that plays a factor.


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Fun with charts: Visualizing the Ingram-Richardson comparison

Pardon my dorky fascination with spreadsheets and charts for another comparison of Mark Ingram’s 2009 Heisman season and Trent Richardson’s potential for another. (See this post for background).

So here is a week-by-week comparison of the total rushing yards each had. You can see Richardson’s slow start against Kent State was quickly negated by six straight 100-yard games.

Here’s an even fancier way of visualizing Richardson’s progress vs. Ingram’s standard.

There’s more to come. Don’t go anywhere.


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Ingram in ’09 vs. Richardson in ’11: Game by game comparison

Comparisons between Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson began as soon as the later enrolled in 2009. That fall, Ingram exploded to win the first Heisman Trophy in Alabama history.

Now his former understudy hopes to join that elite club. Here’s a game-by-game comparison of Ingram’s gilded season through 12 games compared to Richardson’s year to date.

Week……..Ingram………………….Richardson
Week 1 …….26-150 (V. Tech)……..13-37 (Kent St.)
Week 2…….10-56 (FIU)……………….26-111 (Penn State)
Week 3…….8-91 (N. Tex.) …………..11-167 (N. Tex.)
Week 4 ….17-50 (Ark.) ………………17-126 (Ark.)
Week 5 ….22-140 (UK) ………………29-181 (Fla.)
Week 6 ….28-172 (OleMiss) ……….19-107 (Vandy)
Week 7 ….24-246 (S. Car.) ………..17-183 (OleMiss)
Week 8…18-99 (Tenn.) ……………..17-77 (Tenn.)
Week 9 …22-144 (LSU) ……………23-89 (LSU)
Week 10 ..19-149 (Miss. St.) ……….32-127 (Miss. St.)
Week 11…11-102 (Chatt.) ………….32-175 (Ga. Southern)
Week 12 ..16-30 (Aub.) …………….27-203 (Aub.)
Total: 221-1,429 (6.4 avg.) …263-1,583 (6.o avg.)

Check back later for a visual look at the comparison.


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Richardson addresses talk of return for senior season

Richardson (3) finds a hole Saturday. (Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.)

Will he stay or will he go?

The questions surrounding the NFL draft have faced Alabama junior Trent Richardson all fall as he stockpiled awards and records.

A consensus first-round pick according to draft experts, Richardson turned heads after the Nov. 19 win over Georgia Southern when he hinted at a return for his senior year.

He offered a clarification Monday.

“I am classified to come for a whole ’nother year, but I’m going to see how that goes,” Richardson said. “I’m going to sit down with coach and my mom after the last game of the season and see what’s best for me and my family and see what’s best for the team.”

Following the Georgia Southern game, Richardson said he was “going to be here for a whole ‘nother year.
“I’m just ready to stay here and play football,” he said Nov. 19.

Asked about those comments after running for a career-high 203 yards in Saturday’s win over Auburn, Richardson said he has “a couple hours left to get my degree.”

“That’s nothing I’m worried about right now,” he said.

Alabama will have several draft-eligible juniors with the opportunity to leave school early for the pros. When asked if he’d like to trade places with LSU and play in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game, Tide coach Nick Saban mentioned the personnel issues without mentioning specific players.

“I got enough problems to deal with today. I’ve got guys getting ready to go out for the draft,” he said. “I’ve got guys that want to pick an agent.”

NFL Players Association rules allow agents to contact juniors after players’ final regular season game or Dec. 1, whichever comes first.


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Video of Trent Richardson talking Heisman, BCS on Monday

Update: I apologize for the apparent audio issues with the video. The iPhone doesn’t do sound very well, it appears.

Take a listen into Trent Richardson making his media rounds Monday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The topics shouldn’t be a surprise.


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Trent Richardson makes case for Heisman

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Everyone, including me, wanted to talk about Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps before Saturday’s game in Gainesville. Turns out the only running back who showed up was named Trent Richardson. Take a look at my weekly “Inside Alabama” beat column on his Heisman prospects:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trent Richardson isn’t one to hide a smile. Why try?

But as the last player off the field Saturday night, the Alabama running back was practically giggling. Completing one final TV interview, he came bounding through the few thousand fans wearing crimson in an otherwise somber Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The likeable junior did more than lead one final cheer on the chilly October night. Yes, here comes the Heisman hype.

Richardson made his case by setting a new personal best rushing total for a second time in three weeks in Alabama’s 38-10 win. It’s only fitting his 181-yard night came in Gainesville — just down the road from the Jacksonville hotel where Heisman vet Mark Ingram watched the game in advance of his New Orleans Saints game with the Jaguars.

After Saturday night, though, Richardson fully emerged from whatever shadow remained of his former backfield partner.

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A look back at Mark Ingram years at Alabama

Here’s a little mash-up of my video footage from the past two seasons involving Mark Ingram. From practice to the Heisman Trophy, it’s all here.

 


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