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Alabama's Richardson chasing a 2nd title, Heisman

By John Zenor

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011 12:06 p.m. MST

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, shows Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) running past Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel Hood (76) during an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa Ala. Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson are among the players expected to receive invites to the Heisman Trophy presentation when the finalists are announced.

John Bazmore, File, Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Trent Richardson became a star long before he was a starter.

The Alabama tailback has his shot at the Heisman Trophy and national title just like his Crimson Tide predecessor. Mark Ingram garnered both two years ago and it was his talent that kept Richardson from starting.

Ingram, however, says he saw Richardson's potential back then, particularly on a tackle-breaking run against Arkansas that convinced him "we had a special guy."

Richardson is a Heisman finalist who will also get another shot at a second national title Jan. 9 against LSU.

Since Archie Griffin won his second straight in 1975 for Ohio State, only Southern California has had two Heisman winners in a three-year span, accomplishing that twice.

Richardson has run for 1,583 yards and a school-record 20 touchdowns.

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