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Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter, Associated Press
Alabama running back Jalston Fowler carries during NCAA college football practice Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama's Jalston Fowler isn't trying to be the next Trent Richardson or Mark Ingram.

He's content to follow in the heavy footsteps of big NFL running backs like Jerome Bettis, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Jacobs.

The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Fowler has been mostly an unheralded runner but did gain 125 yards against Mississippi last season. He has taken advantage of extra opportunities this spring with likely starter Eddie Lacy out while recovering from surgery to repair a turf toe injury.

More highly touted runners Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon have no college experience.

Fowler seems to have thrived with the increased role. He ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's scrimmage last weekend.

As Tide coach Nick Saban says, "people don't like to tackle him."