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Defining Moment: Passed him by against LSU
If all you have watched this season is Alabama football, you might find it hard to believe that Trent Richardson ranks a comparatively low eighth on the rushing yards leader board so far this season.
Richardson has 1,078 yards this season, behind “notables” such as SMU's Zach Line and Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey. Richardson's 17 touchdowns put him in a tie for fifth in the FBS. To watch Richardson work, you'd never know his numbers were so “low.”
But Richardson's stats haven't come easy. He has played against some of the stiffest defenses in the nation, with the SEC claiming three of the top eight spots in the FBS in terms of rushing defense.
What everyone had been waiting for from Trent was his signature Heisman Moment. He had that opportunity against LSU in what turned out to be an underwhelming “Game of the Century” last week.
Richardson was held to 89 yards on 23 carries. Add the previous game's 77 yards against Tennessee, and you have two back-to-back un-Heisman-like performances.
Richardson did have some decent receiving numbers, but not enough to offset the low output on the ground, where he was expected to produce.
Unfortunately for Richardson, unless he does something spectacular in the Tide's remaining two games (against FBS opponents), Richardson's Heisman hopes are likely gone.