Alabama Football: Trent Richardson's Best Heisman Moments

Jimmy McMurreyAnalyst IINovember 28, 2011

Alabama Football: Trent Richardson's Best Heisman Moments

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    The general consensus is that to win the Heisman, you have to have a "Heisman moment."  Whether it's one big play or just a great performance in a game, you have to have one.  So, what happens when you have a whole lot of Heisman moments?

    For Trent Richardson, it means his odds of winning it still look like a long shot.  

    Why, you ask?  The answer is simple: The media can't see crimson correctly through their cardinal colored glasses.  They love Andrew Luck and for good reason.  He is the best NFL quarterback prospect in a long, long time.  

    Whether or not he is the best overall pro prospect is debatable when you put him next to Trent Richardson.  But, should the greatest pro potential dictate who wins the Heisman? 

    Both Luck and Trent have put up great numbers against strong and weak competition alike, but their performances in their teams' only losses are in stark contrast of one another.  

    When Stanford lost to Oregon in a 53-30 blowout, Andrew Luck completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns.  Not bad, but he also threw two picks.  

    When Alabama lost to LSU in overtime, Trent had 23 carries for 89 yards and five receptions for 80 yards, but no touchdowns against one of the top two defenses in the nation.  And no fumbles besides. 

    He has not lost even one fumble the entire year.  Zero fumbles on 263 carries (more if you count previous seasons—almost all of those between the tackles, where he's met by numerous 300 lb. linemen.

    Any Alabama fan will tell you that Trent not only deserves the Heisman Trophy, but he's done more than anybody else to earn it.  

    He may not win it, but if he doesn't, maybe he'll take the Vince Young route and blow the doors off the competition in the national championship.  

    Here's a look at Trent's best Heisman moments of 2011.  

71-Yard Touchdown Run vs. North Texas

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    Yes, it's North Texas.  But, this run crushes any doubts that a 225 lb. man that supposedly benches 475 lbs. and squats around 600 lbs. (more than many NFL linemen) has breakaway speed.  

    He's no Jeff Demps, but he's fast.  These might be bottom-feeder FBS players he's running against, but to outrun FBS cornerbacks that are 40 lbs. lighter than you, how does that work?

    If he gets a hole but is forced to outrun opponents, he'll make it happen.   

76-Yard Touchdown Run vs. Ole Miss

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    This is the same situation as North Texas.  For lack of a better word, Ole miss sucks.  They are, by far, the worst team in the SEC this year.  

    This run, regardless of opponent, is amazing.  

    He breaks arm tackles because those just never work on him and races towards the end zone.  He gets great blocking from his wide receivers, but it's not quite enough.  

    A man is about to bulldoze into him.  Then, he stops on a dime and revs the motor back up to full speed in a heartbeat.  Is that even possible? Apparently so.  

Power Run Against LSU

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    They may have lost this game, but this is against a Top 5 rushing defense.  

    Did he just break a tackle attempted by a defensive lineman?  Yes, yes he did.  

    His only Achilles heel is, ironically, his Achilles heel.  Only ankle grabs seem to work against him.  

Reception Against LSU

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    LSU choked on this play, as Richardson wasn't covered, but what he does after the catch is just amazing.

    How does he make one of the best secondaries miss not once, but twice?  

    If he had not been so close to the sideline, Honey Badger's little dive there would have looked mighty silly.

    Many running backs can run the ball, but very few are just as dangerous with their hands as Trent is.

Stiff-Arming Auburn Players

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    Auburn's defense isn't the greatest, but they still have seven wins on the season, and Trent just embarrasses them.  

    This 57-yard run didn't end in a touchdown, but it's a beauty when he goes "Hulkamania" on the Tide's most hated rival.  

Bonus: Carrying the Pile Time and Again

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    This is not a single moment, but a string of moments he's compiled throughout the year.

    How many times has Trent Richardson been "tackled," only to be still standing when the play is blown dead due to forward progress being stopped?

    How many times have we seen a defending 250 lb. linebacker being toted by a man-pile atop Richardson?

    I've lost count, but if you were to add up the weight of that pile, I'd wager that it's well over one ton.  He has help from his own team pushing the pile, but they know that somehow, somewhere inside that pile, Richardson is still standing.  

    He's third in the nation in total yards from scrimmage, and you wont find a better running back to get yardage after contact.  

    If he runs with his knees a little higher, like Barry Sanders, opponents wouldn't try to leg tackle him for fear of getting their faces broken.