The sophomore tailback's cover is the 15th SI cover for Alabama since head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007
Winner of the Doak Walker Award Finalist for the Heisman Trophy (finished third) Finalist for the Maxwell Award Finalists for Walter Camp Player of the Year Unanimous first-team All-American (AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, AP, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, SI.com, Rivals.com, Pro Football Weekly) SEC Offensive Player of the Year (AP & Coaches) Unanimous First-Team All-SEC (AP & Coaches) Consensus midseason All-American Richardson has faced eight teams ranked among the top 51 nationally in total defense -- no other Heisman Trophy contender has played more than five Average rank of defenses Richardson has faced is 41.4 - no other Heisman Trophy contender's average rank is better than 76.8 Has faced five total defenses that rank in the top 20 nationally Joins Tim Tebow and Cam Newton as the only players in SEC history to rush for 20 touchdowns Accounted for 169 yards from scrimmage against No. 1 LSU's second-ranked defense, 54 more yards than his closest competition, Oregon's LaMichael James (115 yards from scrimmage) Averages 142 all-purpose and 105 rush yards per game vs. five top-20 total defenses An impressive 49.7 percent of his rushing yards this season have come after contact (787 of 1,583) His 1,910 yards from scrimmage accounts for 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense in 2011 Has nine 100-yard rushing games -- tied for the most in Alabama history -- Mark Ingram, 2009 Lost just one fumble in 614 career touches Has not lost a fumble in his last 550 touches Ranks first in the SEC and fifth nationally in rushing with 1,583 yards Ranks first in the SEC and fifth nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns, the most in UA history Has 23 total touchdowns, which is tied for the second most in SEC history -- Tim Tebow, 2007 Accounted for 104 first downs or touchdowns Has 46 explosive plays of 12-yards or more Gets stronger as the game progresses with 59.3 percent of his rushing yards coming after the half Averages 6.0 yards per carry and scores a touchdown every 12.6 touches Ranks first in the SEC and seventh nationally with 164.7 all-purpose yards per game -- second-highest average in UA history Ranks first in the SEC and fifth nationally in scoring at 11.5 points per game His 1,583 yards is the second-best total in a single-season at Alabama while his 1,976 all-purpose yards is third Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Auburn) Three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week Eight-time Alabama Offensive Player of the Week
2011 (JUNIOR): Trent Richardson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back ... a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing third in the voting ... a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year ... a first-team All-American the AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBSsports.com, Rivals.com and Pro Football Weekly ... SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the league coaches and the Associated Press ... unanimous first-team All-SEC ... averaging 131.9 yards per game to rank fifth nationally and first in the SEC ... his 1,583 rushing yards is fifth nationally and the second most in Alabama history ... fifth nationally and first in the SEC in scoring at 11.5 points per game ... has a school-record 20 rushing touchdowns and three receiving ... equaled his previous season high in rushing touchdowns in the first four games ... 20 rushing touchdowns is tied for the second most in SEC history (Tim Tebow, 23; Cam Newton, 20) ... his 23 total touchdowns is the second-most in school and SEC history and more than Mark Ingram had in the 2009 season when he won his Heisman Trophy ... has carried the ball 263 times for an average of 6.0 yards per carry ... his 1,976 yards from scrimmage accounts for 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense in 2011 ... gets strong in the second half where he has accounted for 59.3 percent of his rushing yards (938 yards) ... 90 of his carries have gone for a first down or a touchdown while 14 receptions have converted first downs with two receiving touchdown ... has 34 rushes of 12 yards or more, including touchdown bursts of 76, 71, 57 and 58 yards ... has 12 receptions of 12 yards or more ... has nine 100-yard rushing games on the season, which equals Mark Ingram's school record (2009) ... has 13 in his career, which is the second most in UA history ... had six straight 100-yard rushing games this year that equaled Shaun Alexander's school record ... also caught 27 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, including a 61-yard strike ... returned three kickoffs for 66 yards ... averaging 164.7 all-purpose yards per game to lead the SEC and rank seventh nationally ... Offensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff following the North Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia Southern and Auburn games ... also the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following a 38-14 win over Arkansas, a 52-7 victory at Mississippi and his 203-yard game at Auburn ... 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 ... averages 105 rush yards per game and 142 all-purpose yards per game against five top-20 total defenses ... averages 136.4 ypg with 11 scores while accounting for 178.4 all-purpose yards per game in SEC play with 12 total touchdowns ... ball security is also a key component of Richardson's success, losing only one fumble in 614 career touches ... he has not lost a fumble since the sixth game of his freshman season, a span of 550 touches ... has moved into fifth place on Alabama career rushing list with 3,034 yards ... has faced eight of the nation's top 51 defenses this season -- no other running back in the top 10 nationally has faced more than five ... his 34 career rushing touchdowns are third at UA, behind Ingram (42) and Alexander (41). Kent State: Scored a career-high three touchdowns to propel the Tide to a 48-7 victory ... caught one pass for 16 yards. Penn State: Cracked the century mark for the first time this season with 111-hard-earned yards against a physical Nittany Lion defense ... scored two rushing touchdowns and caught four passes for 19 yards ... also returned on kickoff for 19 yards to total 149 all-purpose yards ... set a career-high with 26 carries. North Texas: Set a then-career high with 167 yards on just 11 carries for 15.2 yards per carry average ... matched his career high with three touchdowns ... broke free on touchdown runs of 71 (career long) and 58 yards ... caught one pass and finished with 168 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: Registered a career-best 235 all-purpose yards with 126 yards on the ground, 85 receiving and 24 kickoff return yards ... recorded his third straight 100-yard rushing game ... had three receptions for 85 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown reception ... had four first-down rushes while all three of his catches moved the chains for the Crimson Tide ... had four runs of 12 yards or more. Florida: Set a career high for the second time this season with 181 yards and two scores against the No. 12 Gators ... carried the ball a career-best 29 times with a long run of 36 yards ... caught two passes for 22 yards ... finished with 208 all-purpose yards ... averaged 7.71 yards per touch at the Swamp. Vanderbilt: Recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game with 107 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown ... caught two passes. Mississippi: Worked over the Rebels' defense to the tune of 183 yards on just 17 carries and a career-high four touchdowns ... had 10 first-down carries while averaging 10.8 yards per carry and leaving the game midway through the third quarter ... caught two passes for 30 yards and finished with 213 all-purpose yards ... scored on runs of 8, 7, 8 and 76 yards ... the 76-yard run was one the most memorable of his career with numerous broken tackles and a start-stop juke move that left UM defenders grasping for air. Tennessee: Snapped his string of 100-yard rushing games with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries ... had five first-down rushes and two first-down receptions ... caught three passes for 33 yards, including a long of 22 yards ... totaled 110 all-purpose yards. LSU: Richardson was impressive against one of the nation's best defenses with 169 yards from scrimmage ... rushed for 89 yards on 23 carries and broke numerous tackles ... had seven runs that converted first downs ... equaled his career high with five receptions while accounting for 80 receiving yards ... returned one kickoff from five-yards deep in the end zone for 23 yards ... finished with 192 all-purpose yards. Mississippi State: Continued to punish defenders with 127 hard-earned yards in a 24-7 victory over the Bulldogs ... had a career-high 32 carries ... ran for 88 yards in the second half and 71 in the fourth quarter ... had 10 first-down rushes and scored his 18th rushing touchdown of the season ... caught two passes for 26 yards and a first down ... closed out the game in the fourth quarter in the Tide's wildcat package, carrying the ball nine straight times while accounting for 28 yards and three first downs on a touchdown drive. Georgia Southern: Carried the Crimson Tide to its 10th win of the season ... accounted for 175 yards rushing ... scored three total touchdowns ... his two rushing scores broke Alexander's previous school record of 19 rushing scores ... caught one touchdown pass from four yards out. Auburn: Turned in a career day to help the Crimson Tide secure an opportunity to play for a national championship ... rushed for a career-best 203 yards on 27 carries for a 7.5 yards per carry average ... caught one pass -- a five-yard touchdown ... converted seven first downs rushing ... four explosive runs of 12 yards or more, including a 57- and a 35-yard burst ... finished with 208 all-purpose yards ... Walter Camp National Player of the Week ... SEC and Alabama Offensive Player of the Week.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Richardson started the first two games of the season at running back in place of an injured Mark Ingram ... his performances made the loss of Ingram go almost unnoticed against San Jose State and Penn State ... earned second-team All-SEC as both an all-purpose back and a return specialist ... second on the team with 700 yards rushing with six rushing touchdowns ... averaged a team high 6.2 yards per carry (minimum 75 carries) ... had two 100-yard rushing games -- 144 vs. Penn State and 119 at Tennessee ... averaged 63.6 yards per game that ranked 89th nationally and 11th in the SEC ... caught 23 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns for an 11.6 yards per catch average .... led the team with 36 explosive plays of 15 yards or more (nine rushing, five receiving, 22 kickoff returns) ... second on the team with 32 first down carries and had nine first-down receptions ... averaged 26.42 yards on kickoff returns (24 for 634) to rank 29th nationally and fourth in the SEC ... 21st nationally and second in the conference with 145.45 all-purpose yards per game (1,600 yards) ... a seven-time player of the week by the Tide coaching staff with three offensive and four special teams awards ... named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, which goes to the nation's most versatile player.San Jose State: Started his first career game and averaged 6.6 yards per carry, finishing with 66 yards on 10 carries ... caught three passes for 46 yards ... scored two rushing touchdowns. Penn State: Recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career ... tallied a career-best 144 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown ... caught four passes out of the backfield for 46 yards ... finished with 207 all-purpose yards. Duke: Came off the bench to spell Ingram and finished with 61 yards on seven carries for 8.71 yards per carry ... scored one rushing touchdown on a 45-yard sprint, virtually untouched, through the Blue Devil defense ... also returned a second-quarter kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, the first Tide player to return a kickoff for a score since Tyrone Prothro in 2004 ... finished with 184 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: His 227 all-purpose yards against the Razorbacks earned him recognition as one of the Paul Hornung Award's Most Versatile Performances of the Week ... gained 85 yards on eight carries (10.6 ypc), 25 yards on two receptions and 117 yards on four kickoff returns ... scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 20-yard screen pass in the Tide's second-half comeback. Florida: Ran for a team-high 63 yards on 10 carries ... broke free for a 30-yard gain in the first half to set up a score ... returned three kicks for 58 yards with a long of 23 ... totaled 121 all-purpose yards. South Carolina: Named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff with six kickoff returns for 142 yards and a long of 31 yards ... carried the ball six times for 23 yards ... caught two passes for 12 yards. Mississippi: Did a little bit of everything in the Tide's 23-10 win over Mississippi ... accounted for 220 all-purpose yards ... set a career high with an 85-yard reception for a touchdown ... finished with 101 yards on five receptions ... rushed 11 times for 45 yards while returning three kickoffs for 74 yards. Tennessee: Broke free for 119 yards on just 12 carries for an average of 9.92 yards per tote ... scored on a career-long 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter ... had five first down rushes ... caught one pass. LSU: Rushed six times for 28 yards including a 22-yard first down burst to the Tigers' 1-yard line ... caught a touchdown pass on the next play only to sprain his left knee as tackles piled on after the play out of bounds ... returned to the game but saw limited action after that. Auburn: Returned to the field after missing the Mississippi State and Georgia State games with a sprained knee ... rushed the ball 10 times for 24 yards and one first-down carry ... also caught three passes for nine yards. Michigan State: Rushed 10 times for 42 yards and one rushing touchdown on a nine-yard plunge in the second quarter of a 49-7 win over the No. 7 Spartans ... caught one pass for 12 yards ... had two first downs rushing and one receiving ... returned one kickoff for 18 yards ... finished with 72 all-purpose yards.
2009 (FRESHMAN): He was an explosive option at running back off the bench for the Crimson Tide as a true freshman in 2009 ... a SEC All-Freshman selection by league coaches and Sporting News ... finished with 751 yards rushing on 145 carries and eight touchdowns in 14 games ... averaged 5.2 yards per carry ... ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing with 53.64 yards per game ... also had 16 receptions for 126 yards ... had a reception in 10-of-14 games ... 37 rushes and eight receptions went for a first down or touchdown ... had 12 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more ... averaged 64.1 all-purpose yards per game ... his long rush was a 52-yard burst vs. Arkansas where he broke five tackles on his way to the end zone ... also broke free for a 49-yard scoring dash against Texas ... recorded two 100-yard rushing games with 118 yards vs. Florida International and 109 yards against Texas in the Citi BCS National Championship Game. Virginia Tech: Came off the bench late in the second half to rush for 10 yards on three carries. Florida International: Saw more extensive playing time after Roy Upchruch sprained an ankle early in the first half and Mark Ingram was limited with the flu ... took advantage of that playing time, rushing for 118 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns ... also caught two passes for 23 yards ... had three first-down rushes and two first-down receptions vs. the Panthers. North Texas: Carried the ball 11 times for 87 yards for a 7.9 yards per carry average ... scored his third touchdown of the season with a one-yard run in the second quarter ... caught one pass for three yards ... had four rushes that were good for first downs. Arkansas: Produced one of the best runs of the 2009 college football season with his 52-yard burst up the Alabama sideline for the Tide's first score against the Razorbacks ... bounced off and ran through five Hog tacklers and then out ran an Arkansas defensive back to the end zone ... finished with 65 yards on nine carries ... also caught two passes for 16 yards. Kentucky: Carried the ball 14 times for 26 yards against a tough Kentucky rush defense ... also caught one pass for nine yards that went for a first down. Mississippi: rushed nine times for 40 yards as the Tide rolled up 200 yards rushing ... hauled in one reception for nine yards ... had one rush that converted a first down on a 10-yard scamper ... also saw playing time on special teams. South Carolina: Gained 13 yards on five carries against the Gamecocks ... also caught two passes for 11 yards ... picked up first downs for the Tide with a 14-yard run and a nine-yard pass. Tennessee: Accounted for 18 yards on eight carries ... had two rushes that resulted in first downs for the Crimson Tide ... caught one pass for two yards. LSU: Carried the ball six times for 27 yards ... averaged 4.5 yards per rush ... broke free for a long rush of 11 yards against the Tigers, which was good for an Alabama first down. Mississippi State: Was explosive off the bench against the Bulldogs with 47 yards on 11 carries ... broke free for an 18-yard run in the second quarter to set up an Alabama touchdown. Chattanooga: Found the end zone for the fifth time on a two-yard plunge in the first quarter ... carried the ball nine times for 60 yards ... picked up four first downs ... caught one pass for three yards. Auburn: Saw his most extensive playing time to date with 15 carries for 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown run ... also caught three passes for 31 yards, including a 17-yard reception on the Tide's game-winning drive that converted a first down. Florida: Again proved to be a valuable weapon in the Crimson Tide's offensive attack ... rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries for a 7.27 yards per carry average against the nation's No. 1 defense ... broke free for a 25-yard run as the Tide clinched the SEC Championships with a 32-13 win. Texas: Came off the bench to gash the Longhorn defense for 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns while catching two passes for 19 yards ... had four rushes and two receptions that converted first downs for the Tide in the 37-21 victory ... galloped 49-yards untouched in the second quarter for the go-ahead score ... teamed with Mark Ingram to become the first running back tandem to each rush for at least 100 yards in a game since Alabama's 2004 season opener -- a span of 77 games.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Richardson came to the Capstone as one of the most highly sought after running back prospects in the country ... a rare combination of size, speed and elusiveness ... Parade All-American ... Under Armour All-American ... USA Today All-American ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... consensus five-star recruit ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall player in its Rivals100 while also listing him as the top player in the state of Florida and No. 2 running back in the country ... ESPNU lists him as the country's top-ranked running back and No. 6 in the ESPNU150 ... Scout.com has him as the nation's No. 2 running back and 13th overall player ... SuperPrep magazine lists him at No. 25 on its Elite 50 list, as the No. 2 running back and the No. 5 recruit in Florida ... is a first-team All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and the publication's No. 19 overall player ... Rivals.com also lists him as the country's top insider runner, the No. 1 downhill runner and the No. 3 home run threat ... the No. 4 player in The Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... top-ranked player in Florida by The Orlando Sentinel and named to the publications All-Southern team ... Florida Athletic Coaches Association 5A Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida's Mr. Football ... Florida Sports Writers Association First-Team 5A All-State selection as a senior after being selected to the second team as a junior ... rushed for 2,090 yards on 225 carries (9.3 ypc) and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2008 for Escambia, including a single-game record of 419 yards ... registered 1,490 on the ground with 15 touchdowns in just seven games as a junior ... ... timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters on the track ... brother Terrell Richardson plays defensive end at Louisiana-Lafayette. ... coached by Jimmy Nichols ... chose Alabama over Florida, LSU, Florida State, and Tennessee.