Camp Finalists Include Richardson

When Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy two years ago, he was by-passed for other Player of the Year awards. With Alabama in contention for the national championship, many Crimson Tide players are in line for honors, and none more than Bama's junior tailback, Trent Richardson.

This week it was announced that Alabama running back Trent Richardson is one of five finalists for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Richardson is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award. The Doak Walker award is presented the best running back in college football, while the Maxwell Award goes to the best player in college football.

And although the Heisman does not announce finalists, Richardson is expected to be among those invited to the awards, and is considered by many to be the favorite.

The familiar competition for the nation's best player make up the finalists for the Walter Camp award. Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., is joined by Houston quarterback Case Keenum, Baylor signal-caller Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns.

He has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Richardson has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses.

He has averaged 142.0 rushing yards per game and 198.4 all-purpose yards per game against five top-25 opponents with six total touchdowns while averaging 105 rush yards per game and 142 all-purpose yards per game against five top-20 total defenses. He leads the SEC with 136.4 rush yards per game while accounting for 178.4 all-purpose yards per game in SEC play with 12 total touchdowns. Richardson has lost only one fumble in 614 career touches and has not lost a fumble since the sixth game of his freshman season, a span of 550 touches.

The Walter Camp winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 8. The winner will receive the 2011 Walter Camp Trophy at the foundation's annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

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