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Best of Trent Richardson video from Alabama years

Here’s my best effort to edit down all kinds of Trent Richardson video into a quick package you can enjoy on the run. So, here you are … the best of the Richardson footage I had as he readies for Thursday’s NFL draft.


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Video of Trent Richardson bruising blocker in practice

The first practice video of the day shows Alabama running backs testing power and agility. The players seem to enjoy this one.

 


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Video of Trent Richardson running right at you

Watch Trent Richardson almost run straight into your living room, office or coffee shop. We got a little closer to the running backs drill than anyone expected or predicted, but hey, this is a different set up. Enjoy.

 


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Video of Trent Richardson talking Eddie Lacy, Jim McElwain

Take a listen into Trent Richardson’s comments made this morning in New Orleans. He’s talking about Eddie Lacy to start, then asked about offensive coordinator Jim McElwain’s new gig with Colorado State.

 


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Tide running backs smack the sled in practice

This is the final practice of the week open to reporters. So hopefully we got our money’s worth. Here are the running backs doing more work on pass blocking.

 


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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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Modern world shifting Heisman voting trends

Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.

Take a read over my story from today’s newspaper that deals with the changing landscape of the Heisman Trophy voting.

TUSCALOOSA — The statue with its leather-helmeted player and stiff-arm pose evokes memories of the game as it was.

The Heisman Trophy is timeless — easily the most recognizable symbol of individual success in American sports. But as the bronze embodiment of that achievement remains frozen in time, the process of carrying it home is evolving.

The makeup of the five finalists heading to New York for the Saturday night ceremony shows how much times have changed. And like most transformations these days, technology plays both primary and secondary roles.

Votes have been cast at a secure online site the past three seasons, allowing the more than 900 voters to watch every snap of every game before submitting their choice. No longer is there a fear of the post office losing the envelope before votes are tallied the Monday before the ceremony.

Three of the five finalists played the final Saturday of the season, while Alabama’s Trent Richardson and Stanford’s Andrew Luck sat idle. In the course of a few hours, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball scored four touchdowns, and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu gashed Georgia’s punt team twice.

Both were fringe contenders before winning conference title games and finalists afterward.

Then there’s current front-runner Robert Griffin III, who set an NCAA FBS record with his 192.31 passer efficiency rating.

His Baylor team (9-3) likely wouldn’t have played in a Big 12 title game if it still existed, but his four-touchdown performance in a regular-season game with Texas vaulted him to the top of most projections.

A week earlier, he trailed Richardson, who led nearly every poll of voters after running for a career-high 203 yards at Auburn.

Kari Chisholm, an Oregon political media analyst who runs StiffArmTrophy.com, said it’s impossible to ignore the impact of the final impression.

“It’s troubling to me that this is basically a player of the week award as opposed to a season-long award.” Chisholm said. “That said, Robert Griffin performed well all season. It’s just interesting to me that Andrew Luck led the entire season, then lost in the end.”

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Heisman Trophy finalists announced and Trent Richardson …

… is going to New York.

That’s right, Trent Richardson has a shot at winning the second Heisman Trophy in three years for Alabama.

The other finalists include (in no order): Montee Ball (Wisconsin), Andrew Luck of Stanford, Tyrann Mathieu (LSU), Robert Griffin III (Baylor).

“It is a dream to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy,” Richardson said in a news release. “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.”

The ceremony is Saturday evening in Times Square and will be televised live on ESPN. The Daily Bama Blog will be live on the scene providing all the stuff you won’t get on TV.


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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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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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Video of Trent Richardson talking LSU

There were 14 TV cameras in the media room this afternoon for the weekly feeding session. Here’s a look at Trent Richardson talking about LSU, his friendship with Tiger receiver Russell Shepard and his recruitment involving Saturday’s opponent.

 

Much more to come. Don’t leave your computer under and circumstances today.


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Richardson climbing Heisman polls

A stiff-arm pose? (AP photo)

I know it’s almost insultingly too early in the season to start talking about the stiff-armed trophy awarded in December. But after Trent Richardson rolled up another 181 yards Saturday at Florida, Heisman voters are jumping on the bandwagon.

At least two websites out there poll ballot-holders every week to take the temperature of the Heisman race.  After a fourth-straight 100-plus yard game, Richardson is gaining support.

Both have him fourth currently, but on the rise. Stanford’s Andrew Luck continues to lead the way.

Click here to see the voting on stiffarmtrophy.com.

Click here for a different set of numbers on heismanpundit.com (look on the right side of the page).

It’s hard to imagine Richardson’s numbers will sag much facing Vanderbilt and Ole Miss the next two weeks.


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