Richardson Shares SEC Weekly Honor

Anyone who watched Alabama dismantle Penn State in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night was aware that the Crimson Tide was getting an outstanding performance from tailback Trent Richardson against a tough Lions defense. This week that effort was rewarded.

The Southeastern Conference selects stars of the week in a variety of categories, and the Offensive Player of the Week following Saturday's game was a shared award. Trent Richardson, playing for number one Alabama against Penn State (which was ranked 14th in one poll, 18th in another), was one of two running backs picked by the conference.

Richardson, a 5-11, 224-pound sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., had 207 all-purpose yards in Alabama's 24-3 win over Penn State. He had 22 carries for 144 rushing yards, caught four passes for 46 yards, and had a 17-yard kickoff return. He scored one rushing touchdown.

Richardson has started the past two weeks while 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram recovers from knee surgery.

Ingram may return to the Crimson Tide this week. Bama goes to Duke to take on the Blue Devils Saturday. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 central time) with national television coverage by ABC.

Ingram shared the offensive award with freshman running back Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina. Lattimore was also the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Other awards were Defensive Player Nick Fairley of Auburn, Special Teams Jeff Demps of Florida, Offensive Lineman Mike Pouncey of Florida, and Defensive Lineman Drake Nevis of LSU.

The SEC listed Bama safety Mark Barron as among others having outstanding performances. Barron had six tackles (four solo), caused a fumble, and had an interception against Penn State.

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