Offensive Honors For Alabama Duo

Alabama had an impressive outing last week as the Crimson Tide romped over a nationally ranked Arkansas Razorbacks football team, 38-14. That keeps Alabama ranked among the nation's top three teams this week. It is understandable that individual Bama players were selected for Southeastern Conference player of the week honors.

This week the SEC has two Alabama players on its honor roll with junior tailback Trent Richardson the offensive player of the week and junior lineman Barrett Jones the offensive lineman of the week.

Richardson, a 5-11, 224-pound native of Pensacola, Fla., rushed for a game-high 126 yards on 17 carries (7.4 average) in the Tide's win over Arkansas. He also caught three passes for a game-high 85 yards, including taking a short pass and turning it into a 61-yard touchdown play. That score with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter put he game out of reach for Bama at 31-7.

With a 24-yard kickoff return, Richardson had 235 all-purpose yards.

It was Richardson's third straight 100-yard rushing game and he ranks second in the SEC with an average of 110.3 yards rushing per game.

In four games this year, he has nine touchdowns on the year (eight rushing, one pass receiving) and ranks fifth in the nation in scoring.

Richardson would be the first to sasy that one reason for his success and for Bama ranking second in the SEC in rushing offense is the play of the offensive line. The unquestioned leader of the offensive front is Barrett Jones, the 6-5, 311-pound Academic All-America from Germantown, Tenn.

Jones received the highest grade on the Bama offensive line in the Tide's win over Arkansas. He started at left tackle and also spent time at right tackle. He has started all four Bama games this year at left tackle, but has also played center and guard, along with right tackle this season.

Jones helped lead a balanced Alabama attack that led to 197 yard rushing yards and 200 passing yards against the Razorbacks. Of Bama's 59 offensive plays, only four lost yardage, for a total of just l0 yards.

Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was among other SEC players cited for outstanding performances. Kirkpatrick had six tackles (all solo) with one for a loss (three yards) and broke up three passes against the Razorbacks.

This week Alabama is ranked third in the Associated Press poll and tied for second with LSU in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Bama, 4-0, takes on Florida, also 4-0 and ranked 12th in both polls, in a key SEC game in Gainesville at 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. eastern) with CBS televising the game.

Others earning SEC Player of the Week recognition are:

South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram defensive player of the week; LSU punter Brad Wing special teams player of the week; Florida tackle Jay Howard defensive lineman of the week; Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell freshman of the week.

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