For the most part, Trent Richardson has lived in the shadow of Alabama’s only Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram.
But the shadow is being removed, and there is only one person you can give credit to for doing that.
Trent Richardson himself.
Coming into the 2010 Season, Ingram was widely chosen as one of the best Running Backs in the country, and not many can question that. But a knee injury has sidelined the Heisman Trophy Winner, and now it appears that all of college football is beginning to see what Alabama fans most likely knew all along.
And, just to be fair, part of this credit has to go to the big guys up front. Without them, success is very hard to come by.
You also need to realize all the factors that make Richardson such a special back.
His strength jumps out at you when you watch this guy perform on the field. By now, most fans have heard the numbers. A 460-plus pound bench press, a 600 pound squat, and a 365 pound power clean. Coach Cochran has said "That is all I will let him do."
Need I say more?
To someone that doesn't participate in weightlifting, that sounds like a lot of weight, and indeed it is. But as someone that has lifted for over half his life, I can really appreciate it. That is some serious lifting from a man that tips the scale at 220 pounds.
Speed is another part of his game.
Mark Ingram runs the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Richardson claims to run a 4.35.
Just by observation, I would guess he would get Ingram here by a couple steps, if not more. Rarely do you see a back with that kind of power, have the kind of speed he possesses—and his goal is to get into the 4.2 range.
Vision also plays a big part, and I think this might be one of his best improvements from last season.
But one thing that I seemed impressed with from day one, meaning the day he signed with Alabama, was with the way he handled himself.
The day of his press conference was one of great importance, but also one of class.
Trent came into the room and thanked God for the opportunity. He went on to thank his coaches, and put on the Hounds tooth hat which told everyone his college of choice: The University of Alabama.
He was dressed in a suit. He wasn't swapping hats. He wasn't talking any kind of nonsense. He was making his choice, and what a good one it was for Alabama.
To look at it from a different view, Richardson had an opportunity to not only learn from a very good Running Back, but to also step in for him if he was not having a good day at the office.
Not many have that option, and not many can fulfill it when they do.
Not many are Richardson.