Richardson Says More Runs To Come
"The offensive line did a tremendous job tonight. The receivers did a real good job of blocking. I couldn‘t let those blocks go to waste," said Alabama tailback Trent Richardson. "There‘s more to come, too. Coach ( Nick Saban) emphasized this week, ‘How can we get better?' We knew their defense was going to come after us, so we worked the middle." The Pensacola native added another 30 yards receiving for a total all-purpose night of 213 yards.
"We knew their defense was going to come after us," Richardson added. "We knew they were going to try and stop our passing game, so we had to balance it out. We also knew their defensive line was going to crash as much as they can, so we had to work the middle."
Said junior tackle Barrett Jones, "I think we left a lot of points on the field in the first half. I was really pleased in the second half with the way we came out. We probably had our best quarter of the year so far, as far as execution. I felt really good about the third quarter (which the Tide won, 28-0)."
Jones had an up-close view of all four of Richardson's touchdowns, and will not soon forget the 76-yarder. "Trent is an unbelievable player," he said. "I hate to use the term ‘making something out of nothing,' but they brought the house, so there really wasn't much there. He just made an unbelievable move, and once you get the guy in the clear, he's really hard to bring down. He had a little hesitation, a juke move, even though he usually just runs over people. He's a great player, and a great leader on this team."
Junior safety Robert Lester hauled in his first interception of the season Saturday after leading the Southeastern Conference with eight last year. "We blitzed the blitzed the right side, and we had ‘Cover Two (two deep safeties)'," said Lester. "The d-line did a great job putting pressure on the quarterback, and I capitalized on it. It felt great, and I'm hoping to get a couple more.
"A lot of credit goes to our linebackers and linemen. We knew they were going to come out and do something we'd never seen before. We just had to adjust to it, settle down, and make plays." Lester said he and his teammates got a big kick out of watching Richardson's runs, especially the 76-yard scoring scamper during the third quarter when Richardson faked out a hapless Rebel defender at the 10-yard line.
"Oh yeah, that one's going to be on (ESPN) Sports Center's Top 10 (plays). If not one, at least number two," he said. Another happy Tider was fifth-year senior Brandon Gibson, who hauled in the first touchdown pass of his career, an 11-yarder from McCarron in the third quarter.
"It was a great feeling for me," he said. "A.J. (McCarron) gave me a good look and a good ball. I appreciate Coach (Jim) McElwain) calling that for me. It was a lot of fun, and it meant a lot to me, even though it was late in the game. Hopefully, we'll see more of that the rest of the season."
Gibson said he and his teammates are still striving for that complete game, even though the Ole Miss contest cane close to that. "Coach Saban preaches the same thing to us all week: ‘It's all about Alabama. As long as we do the things we are supposed to do, we'll continue to have success. We have yet to play a 60-minute game, and we're going to keep working to get there."
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