Richardson Named To Doak Walker List

It's something of a measure of how highly regarded Tent Richardson is in that a two-year back-up tailback is a nominee for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.

Of course, Trent Richardson wasn't the back-up to just any tailback. The Alabama junior from Pensacola has been in the shadow of Mark Ingram in his first two seasons, and Ingram was the Heisman Trophy winner who led Bama to the 2009 national championship.

On Friday, in Dallas the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced the preseason candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

The field of 52 candidates is highlighted by the 2010 Doak Walker Award recipient, LaMichael James from Oregon. James, a junior from Texarkana, TX, led the nation in rushing and scoring last season.

Ten semifinalists will be announced on November 11 and the recipient will be named live on ESPN on December 8.

Nominations for the award will be accepted through October.

Richardson, who is also a nominee for the Maxwell Award as tne nation's top player, was more than a back-up to Ingram. In Coach Nick Saban's system, there are a minimum of two tailbacks.

Richardson, who is best known for breaking records held by Emmett Smith in high school, has played in 25 games at Bama (he missed the Mississippi State and Georgia State games last year with a knee injury), has rushed 257 times for 1,451 yards (a 5.6 yards per carry average) for 14 touchdowns. He has also caught 39 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns and returned 26 kickoffs for 545 yards, including a 91-yard runback for a touchdown.

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