Alabama Football: Trent Richardson named SEC Player of the Week; Richardson & Barron lead Tide coaches’ Players of the Week

Alabama Crimson Tide football player Trent Richardson was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a big SEC West victory over Ole Miss.
Here is a highlight of Trent Richardson’s career-long 76-yard touchdown run. It is worth watching again:

Here is what the SEC said about Richardson in the official release via SEC Digital Network:
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TRENT RICHARDSON Running Back ALABAMA 5-11 • 224 • Jr. • Pensacola, Fla.
Richardson rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 17 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-7 win at Ole Miss.

His 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his career-longest and put the Crimson Tide ahead, 31-7.

He also added two catches for 30 yards.

Richardson has now tied a school-record and leads the nation with six straight 100-yard rushing games.

He now ranks 10th all-time at Alabama with 2,363 career rushing yards.

He leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally with 130.3 rushing yards per game and is third in the nation in scoring (13.71 ppg) with 16 total touchdowns. (Source)

Alabama Coaches Name Seven Players of the Week Following Win at Ole Miss (courtesy of UA Media Relations)
Seven Alabama players were recognized for their outstanding play by the coaching staff following the Crimson Tide’s 52-7 win Saturday night at Ole Miss as announced by head coach Nick Saban. Quarterback AJ McCarron, tailback Trent Richardson and offensive guard Chance Warmack were named players of the week on offense while safety Mark Barron and linebacker Nico Johnson represented the defense. On special teams, Dre Kirkpatrick and Vinnie Sunseri were selected.

The offense totaled 615 yards in the victory with a big part of that coming from McCarron’s 224 passing yards and Richardson’s 183 yards on the ground. McCarron completed 19-of-24 passes with a 10-yard touchdown pass and has not thrown an interception in his last 151 attempts. Richardson ran for career-highs in yardage and touchdowns (four) and also recorded his longest run – a TD of 76 yards. He also caught two passes for 30 yards and leads the nation with six straight 100-yard rushing games. Warmack received the top grade on the offensive line and was key in blocking for a ground game that totaled 389 yards. He had no missed assignments, no penalties, no pressures and no sacks, while being credited with five pancake blocks.

The defense gave up a touchdown on the first Ole Miss drive of 72 yards and didn’t allow another score, surrendering just 69 yards for the remainder of the game. Johnson recorded seven tackles (five solo) with one sack and two tackles for loss. Barron finished the night with three tackles and had two tackles for loss. Alabama had five sacks and 14 tackles for loss in the victory and now leads the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense. UA also leads the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss and pass efficiency defense.

Sunseri was second on the team in tackles with six (five solo) and three of those came on special teams. He had a tackle inside the 20 on kickoff coverage and also was credited for his great play on the punt and punt return teams. Kirkpatrick serves an important role as the gunner on the punt team, and also as a corner on the outside on the punt return team. He forced a fair catch on punt coverage.