Alabama Football: Trent Richardson Named Doak Walker Award Winner

Doak Walker Award (courtesy of UA Media Relations)

Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson became the first Crimson Tide player in school history to earn the prestigious Doak Walker Award. Richardson earned the honor at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, held at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney’s Boardwalk.

Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., was named a Walter Camp All-American just before learning that he was tabbed the top running back in the country. The junior has also been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a SEC first-team honoree. He also garnered first team AFCA All-American honors.

The powerful back is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. This season, Richardson set the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 20. That number also ties him for second most in a season in SEC history.