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With Mark Ingram and Greg McElroy departing Tuscaloosa for the NFL, Trent Richardson will assume a larger role in the Crimson Tide offense this season.
He's rushed for over 700 yards in each of his first two seasons, despite pretty clearly being the number two back on his team.
He's also caught 39 passes in his two seasons, and the upward trend in his reception totals can be expected to continue this season.
This is a conference that lost a lot of top offensive players, and the award is wide open this season.
Other contenders include South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and quarterbacks Aaron Murray of Georgia and Tyler Wison of Arkansas.
And don't count out other dark horses like Lattimore's fellow Gamecock Alshon Jefferey or Florida's John Brantley.