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Trent Richardson - The Stats say 'Heisman Winner' READ ON

  • This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns
    24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999
    23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011
    (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007
    21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992
    (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010
    20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981
    (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987
    (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions
    Keenum 3
    Griffin 5
    Barkley 7
    Moore 7
    Luck 9
    Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter
    First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average
    Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0
    Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4
    Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition:
    Average rank of average defense faced, total yards
    Richardson 33 (349.1)
    Ball 49 (370.0)
    James 66 (385.3)
    Barkley 72 (391.6)
    Moore 72 (392.6)
    Luck T78 (405.3)
    Griffin 86 (416.3)
    Keenum 86 (416.5)
    Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs
    4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs
    10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs
    15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs
    20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs
    23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11
    3. Keenum 187.34
    4. Moore 175.19
    5. Luck 167.5
    8. Weeden 162.25
    9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense
    Luck 8
    Keenum 8
    Weeden 6
    Ball 5
    James 5
    Barkley 4
    Griffin 4
    Moore 4
    Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane?
    Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51.
    Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53
    Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record)
    Richardson 5 (4-1)
    Griffin 4+ (1-2)
    Weeden 3+ (3-0)
    Ball 3+ (2-1)
    James 3 (2-1)
    Luck 3 (2-1)
    Barkley 2 (1-1)
    Moore 1 (1-0)
    Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92)
    North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4)
    Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4)
    Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6)
    Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6)
    Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3)
    Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5)
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9)
    Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team)
    Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8)
    Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7)
    South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team)
    Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7)
    Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7)
    Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7)
    Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6)
    Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5)
    Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1)
    Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0)
    Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team)
    Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4)
    Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1)
    Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8)
    Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3)
    Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3)
    Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2)
    Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1)
    Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8)
    Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0)
    Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7)
    Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1)
    UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7)
    TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4)
    San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8)
    Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6)
    Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5)
    Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3)
    Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9)
    Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4)
    La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8)
    Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team)
    UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5)
    East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3)
    Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6)
    Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3)
    SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3)
    Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7)
    Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3)
    Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

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    NoVaNoles

    Did not read

    fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.

  • Dunno, besides all that what annoys me about RG3 winning is he COST his team two games by throwing late picks.

    Trent has never cost Bama a game. The guy's only even fumbled ONCE in his collegiate career and that was his Freshman year!

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    kitemac

    TalHawkins112 said... (original post)

    Dunno, besides all that what annoys me about RG3 winning is he COST his team two games by throwing late picks.

    Trent has never cost Bama a game. The guy's only even fumbled ONCE in his collegiate career and that was his Freshman year!

    Only reason why Baylor was even in most of their games was because of him. TR (although a great player) could be replaced by Lacy and you wouldn't see much of a drop off at all. You replace RG3 with just about anyone and they may not make a bowl game.

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    Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns
    24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999
    23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011
    (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007
    21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992
    (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010
    20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981
    (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987
    (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions
    Keenum 3
    Griffin 5
    Barkley 7
    Moore 7
    Luck 9
    Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter
    First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average
    Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0
    Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4
    Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition:
    Average rank of average defense faced, total yards
    Richardson 33 (349.1)
    Ball 49 (370.0)
    James 66 (385.3)
    Barkley 72 (391.6)
    Moore 72 (392.6)
    Luck T78 (405.3)
    Griffin 86 (416.3)
    Keenum 86 (416.5)
    Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs
    4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs
    10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs
    15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs
    20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs
    23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11
    3. Keenum 187.34
    4. Moore 175.19
    5. Luck 167.5
    8. Weeden 162.25
    9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense
    Luck 8
    Keenum 8
    Weeden 6
    Ball 5
    James 5
    Barkley 4
    Griffin 4
    Moore 4
    Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane?
    Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51.
    Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53
    Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record)
    Richardson 5 (4-1)
    Griffin 4+ (1-2)
    Weeden 3+ (3-0)
    Ball 3+ (2-1)
    James 3 (2-1)
    Luck 3 (2-1)
    Barkley 2 (1-1)
    Moore 1 (1-0)
    Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92)
    North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4)
    Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4)
    Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6)
    Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6)
    Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3)
    Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5)
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9)
    Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team)
    Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8)
    Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7)
    South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team)
    Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7)
    Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7)
    Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7)
    Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6)
    Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5)
    Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1)
    Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0)
    Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team)
    Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4)
    Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1)
    Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8)
    Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3)
    Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3)
    Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2)
    Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1)
    Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8)
    Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0)
    Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7)
    Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1)
    UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7)
    TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4)
    San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8)
    Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6)
    Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5)
    Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3)
    Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9)
    Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4)
    La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8)
    Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team)
    UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5)
    East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3)
    Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6)
    Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3)
    SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3)
    Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7)
    Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3)
    Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

    Just wanted to quote so people would have to scroll even more. This is tbb no one cares about bama keep this thread and yourself on Bol thanks sign every fan on tbb

  • Unfortunately, it seems like the only thing that the voters remember these days is the last game played. Trent did not play this weekend. Out of sight out, out of mind. Ingram benifitted in 09 for this very reason. He had a great game in the SEC championship game and that is what gave him the lead.

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    Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns
    24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999
    23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011
    (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007
    21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992
    (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010
    20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981
    (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987
    (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions
    Keenum 3
    Griffin 5
    Barkley 7
    Moore 7
    Luck 9
    Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter
    First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average
    Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0
    Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4
    Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition:
    Average rank of average defense faced, total yards
    Richardson 33 (349.1)
    Ball 49 (370.0)
    James 66 (385.3)
    Barkley 72 (391.6)
    Moore 72 (392.6)
    Luck T78 (405.3)
    Griffin 86 (416.3)
    Keenum 86 (416.5)
    Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs
    4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs
    10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs
    15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs
    20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs
    23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11
    3. Keenum 187.34
    4. Moore 175.19
    5. Luck 167.5
    8. Weeden 162.25
    9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense
    Luck 8
    Keenum 8
    Weeden 6
    Ball 5
    James 5
    Barkley 4
    Griffin 4
    Moore 4
    Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane?
    Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51.
    Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53
    Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record)
    Richardson 5 (4-1)
    Griffin 4+ (1-2)
    Weeden 3+ (3-0)
    Ball 3+ (2-1)
    James 3 (2-1)
    Luck 3 (2-1)
    Barkley 2 (1-1)
    Moore 1 (1-0)
    Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92)
    North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4)
    Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4)
    Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6)
    Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6)
    Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3)
    Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5)
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9)
    Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team)
    Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8)
    Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7)
    South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team)
    Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7)
    Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7)
    Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7)
    Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6)
    Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5)
    Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1)
    Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0)
    Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team)
    Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4)
    Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1)
    Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8)
    Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3)
    Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3)
    Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2)
    Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1)
    Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8)
    Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0)
    Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7)
    Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1)
    UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7)
    TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4)
    San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8)
    Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6)
    Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5)
    Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3)
    Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9)
    Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4)
    La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8)
    Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team)
    UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5)
    East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3)
    Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6)
    Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3)
    SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3)
    Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7)
    Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3)
    Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

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  • I think the arguments get crazy.. it is hard to compare a RB to a QB to a CB and the SEC to the BIG 12 or any other conference... positions are different.. styles of play are different.. coaching philosophies are different.. so that is one problem trying to factor in all of those things. In addition to that you have people in all regions leaving players completely off of their ballot for the sole purpose of making the vote for their candidate count more. Then the question of what is the criteria for voting? Is it for the most outstanding player in college football? most valuable player? best person? most hype? best all around? I am a Bama fan and thus I obviously think TR is the most deserving, but if RG3 wins it he is very deserving as well and most definitely is one of the most outstanding players in college football.

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    fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.

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    Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns
    24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999
    23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011
    (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007
    21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992
    (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010
    20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981
    (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987
    (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions
    Keenum 3
    Griffin 5
    Barkley 7
    Moore 7
    Luck 9
    Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter
    First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average
    Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0
    Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4
    Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition:
    Average rank of average defense faced, total yards
    Richardson 33 (349.1)
    Ball 49 (370.0)
    James 66 (385.3)
    Barkley 72 (391.6)
    Moore 72 (392.6)
    Luck T78 (405.3)
    Griffin 86 (416.3)
    Keenum 86 (416.5)
    Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs
    4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs
    10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs
    15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs
    20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs
    23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11
    3. Keenum 187.34
    4. Moore 175.19
    5. Luck 167.5
    8. Weeden 162.25
    9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense
    Luck 8
    Keenum 8
    Weeden 6
    Ball 5
    James 5
    Barkley 4
    Griffin 4
    Moore 4
    Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane?
    Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51.
    Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53
    Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record)
    Richardson 5 (4-1)
    Griffin 4+ (1-2)
    Weeden 3+ (3-0)
    Ball 3+ (2-1)
    James 3 (2-1)
    Luck 3 (2-1)
    Barkley 2 (1-1)
    Moore 1 (1-0)
    Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92)
    North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4)
    Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4)
    Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6)
    Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6)
    Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3)
    Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5)
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9)
    Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team)
    Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8)
    Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7)
    South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team)
    Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7)
    Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7)
    Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7)
    Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6)
    Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5)
    Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1)
    Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0)
    Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team)
    Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4)
    Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1)
    Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8)
    Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3)
    Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3)
    Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2)
    Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1)
    Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8)
    Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0)
    Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7)
    Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1)
    UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7)
    TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4)
    San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8)
    Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6)
    Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5)
    Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3)
    Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9)
    Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4)
    La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8)
    Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team)
    UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5)
    East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3)
    Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6)
    Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3)
    SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3)
    Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7)
    Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3)
    Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

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  • Ball has way better stats and means more to his team! I think RG3 will win it with Ball, suck for Luck, then TR..

  • Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns 24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999 23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011 (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007 21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992 (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010 20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981 (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987 (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions Keenum 3 Griffin 5 Barkley 7 Moore 7 Luck 9 Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0 Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4 Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition: Average rank of average defense faced, total yards Richardson 33 (349.1) Ball 49 (370.0) James 66 (385.3) Barkley 72 (391.6) Moore 72 (392.6) Luck T78 (405.3) Griffin 86 (416.3) Keenum 86 (416.5) Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs 4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs 10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs 15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs 20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs 23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11 3. Keenum 187.34 4. Moore 175.19 5. Luck 167.5 8. Weeden 162.25 9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense Luck 8 Keenum 8 Weeden 6 Ball 5 James 5 Barkley 4 Griffin 4 Moore 4 Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane? Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51. Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53 Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record) Richardson 5 (4-1) Griffin 4+ (1-2) Weeden 3+ (3-0) Ball 3+ (2-1) James 3 (2-1) Luck 3 (2-1) Barkley 2 (1-1) Moore 1 (1-0) Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama Opponent, rush yards, total yards Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92) North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4) Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4) Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6) Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6) Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3) Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5) LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9) Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team) Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8) Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin Opponent, rush yards, total yards UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7) South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team) Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7) Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7) Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7) Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6) Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5) Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1) Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon Opponent, rush yards, total yards LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0) Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team) Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4) Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9) Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3) Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4) Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California Opponent, pass yards, total yards Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1) Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8) Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3) Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3) Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State Opponent, pass yards, total yards Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3) Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2) Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1) Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8) Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0) Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7) Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1) UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7) TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4) San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8) Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6) Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford Opponent, pass yards, total yards San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5) Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3) Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor Opponent, pass yards, total yards TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9) Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston Opponent, pass yards, total yards UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4) La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8) Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team) UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5) East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3) Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6) Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3) SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3) Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7) Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Opponent, pass yards, total yards La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3) Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

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  • Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns
    24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999
    23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011
    (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007
    21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992
    (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010
    20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981
    (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987
    (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions
    Keenum 3
    Griffin 5
    Barkley 7
    Moore 7
    Luck 9
    Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter
    First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average
    Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0
    Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4
    Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition:
    Average rank of average defense faced, total yards
    Richardson 33 (349.1)
    Ball 49 (370.0)
    James 66 (385.3)
    Barkley 72 (391.6)
    Moore 72 (392.6)
    Luck T78 (405.3)
    Griffin 86 (416.3)
    Keenum 86 (416.5)
    Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs
    4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs
    10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs
    15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs
    20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs
    23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11
    3. Keenum 187.34
    4. Moore 175.19
    5. Luck 167.5
    8. Weeden 162.25
    9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense
    Luck 8
    Keenum 8
    Weeden 6
    Ball 5
    James 5
    Barkley 4
    Griffin 4
    Moore 4
    Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane?
    Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51.
    Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53
    Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record)
    Richardson 5 (4-1)
    Griffin 4+ (1-2)
    Weeden 3+ (3-0)
    Ball 3+ (2-1)
    James 3 (2-1)
    Luck 3 (2-1)
    Barkley 2 (1-1)
    Moore 1 (1-0)
    Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92)
    North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4)
    Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4)
    Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6)
    Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6)
    Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3)
    Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5)
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9)
    Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team)
    Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8)
    Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7)
    South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team)
    Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7)
    Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7)
    Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7)
    Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6)
    Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5)
    Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1)
    Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8)
    Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon
    Opponent, rush yards, total yards
    LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4)
    Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0)
    Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team)
    Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4)
    Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3)
    Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1)
    Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8)
    Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3)
    Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3)
    Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3)
    Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2)
    Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1)
    Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8)
    Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0)
    Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7)
    Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1)
    UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7)
    TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4)
    San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8)
    Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6)
    Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5)
    Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3)
    Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6)
    Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3)
    Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8)
    Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3)
    Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7)
    California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4)
    Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3)
    Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9)
    Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9)
    North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4)
    La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8)
    Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team)
    UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5)
    East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3)
    Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8)
    Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1)
    UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6)
    Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3)
    SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3)
    Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7)
    Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Opponent, pass yards, total yards
    La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2)
    Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5)
    Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7)
    Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5)
    Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4)
    Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6)
    Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3)
    Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3)
    Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6)
    Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6)
    Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0)
    Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

    Prolly goat...nope definitely

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    Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns 24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999 23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011 (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007 21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992 (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010 20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981 (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987 (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions Keenum 3 Griffin 5 Barkley 7 Moore 7 Luck 9 Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0 Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4 Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition: Average rank of average defense faced, total yards Richardson 33 (349.1) Ball 49 (370.0) James 66 (385.3) Barkley 72 (391.6) Moore 72 (392.6) Luck T78 (405.3) Griffin 86 (416.3) Keenum 86 (416.5) Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs 4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs 10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs 15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs 20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs 23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11 3. Keenum 187.34 4. Moore 175.19 5. Luck 167.5 8. Weeden 162.25 9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense Luck 8 Keenum 8 Weeden 6 Ball 5 James 5 Barkley 4 Griffin 4 Moore 4 Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane? Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51. Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53 Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record) Richardson 5 (4-1) Griffin 4+ (1-2) Weeden 3+ (3-0) Ball 3+ (2-1) James 3 (2-1) Luck 3 (2-1) Barkley 2 (1-1) Moore 1 (1-0) Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama Opponent, rush yards, total yards Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92) North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4) Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4) Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6) Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6) Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3) Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5) LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9) Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team) Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8) Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin Opponent, rush yards, total yards UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7) South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team) Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7) Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7) Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7) Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6) Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5) Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1) Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon Opponent, rush yards, total yards LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0) Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team) Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4) Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9) Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3) Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4) Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California Opponent, pass yards, total yards Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1) Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8) Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3) Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3) Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State Opponent, pass yards, total yards Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3) Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2) Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1) Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8) Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0) Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7) Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1) UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7) TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4) San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8) Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6) Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford Opponent, pass yards, total yards San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5) Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3) Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor Opponent, pass yards, total yards TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9) Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston Opponent, pass yards, total yards UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4) La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8) Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team) UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5) East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3) Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6) Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3) SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3) Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7) Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Opponent, pass yards, total yards La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3) Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

    those stats are butchered.

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  • TalHawkins112 said... (original post)

    Dunno, besides all that what annoys me about RG3 winning is he COST his team two games by throwing late picks.

    Trent has never cost Bama a game. The guy's only even fumbled ONCE in his collegiate career and that was his Freshman year!

    How many games would RGIII have cost Baylor if Baylor had bama's defense?

    How many games would Baylor have won with Trent instead of Griffin?

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    TalHawkins112 said... (original post)

    Dunno, besides all that what annoys me about RG3 winning is he COST his team two games by throwing late picks.

    Trent has never cost Bama a game. The guy's only even fumbled ONCE in his collegiate career and that was his Freshman year!

    Trent plays a secondary position.

    RGIII plays the hardest position in sports.

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  • Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    This is a condensed version of the facts pulled from an outstanding article written by Chris Walsh over on BOL:

    "Here are 22 favorable factors why Trent should win the award:

    1. Richardson’s numbers are better than Ingram’s were in 2009: With an extra game in hand Ingram finished with 1,658 rushing yards, 334 receiving, 1,992 total and 20 touchdowns. That worked out to an average of 118.4 rushing yards and 142.3 total yards per game. With his final game yet to be played Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards, 327 receiving, 1,910 total and 23 touchdowns, for an average of 131.9 rushing yards and 159.2 total yards.

    2. The full package: Richardson’s a complete running back who can do everything well, which is pretty rare. In addition to being a good receiver, he’s a good pass-blocker and picks up blitzes well.

    3. The regional voting: Heisman voting is split into six balanced regions and only other serious candidate east of the Mississippi River is Ball, who is making a late charge. Most of the other candidates have regional competition with Luck, Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore all in the West, and Griffin, Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Southwest. Consequently, the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions could have a huge impact on the outcome.

    4. Best player on the best team voting: With No. 1 LSU not having a strong candidate, Richardson could get a lot of best player on the best team votes, while Luck is riding the “best NFL prospect” reputation after returning for his senior season.

    5. Which player looked best in the game his teams lost? Richardson was still impressive when Alabama played LSU, with 169 total yards (89 rushing, 80 receiving) against the nation’s No. 2 defense. Meanwhile, Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble when Stanford was routed at home by Oregon, 53-30.

    6. Southeastern Conference legacy: Richardson is the only running back in SEC history to have 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The only other players to rush for that many were quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, both of whom won the Heisman Trophy. In overall touchdowns, Richardson needs only one more to tie the SEC record.

    SEC single-season touchdowns 24 Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 1999 23 Trent Richardson, Alabama, 2011 (tie) Tim Tebow, Florida, 2007 21 Garrison Hearst, Georgia, 1992 (tie) Cam Newton, Auburn, 2010 20 Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1981 (tie) Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987 (tie) Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009

    7. Timely touchdowns: Only four of Richardson’s 23 touchdowns have been when Alabama led by 20 points or more. Although Ball’s 34 touchdowns are the second-most in a single season in Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders’ 39, 14 were after Wisconsin had at least a 20-point lead.

    8. Yards after contact: Of Richardson’s 1,583 rushing yards, 787 have been after contact, or 49.7 percent. Incidentally, Ingram was credited with 54 percent of his total yards (1,075 of 1,992) when he won the Heisman.

    9. Yards after the pile: Ok, it’s not an official stat, but how many times have fans seen Richardson move an entire pile forward for extra yards this season? It’s been a regular occurrence.

    10. 100-yard performances: The nine 100-yard rushing games tied an Alabama record (Ingram, 2009), and his streak of six consecutive games tied another (Shaun Alexander, 1999). In comparison, both Ball and James have six total.

    11. No turnovers: Richardson’s last, and only, fumble lost was during his freshman season, a span of 550 touches. While the other running backs have been pretty impressive as well, with James losing two and Ball none, here the quarterbacks’ interceptions.

    Interceptions Keenum 3 Griffin 5 Barkley 7 Moore 7 Luck 9 Weeden 12

    12. Road warrior: Richardson’s arguably been at his best in hostile environments, including the 203 rushing yards last week at rival Auburn. The five times he was on the road this season he averaged 161.9 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    13. Wearing down the competition: Richardson has had his most yards in the third quarter, but with a higher average in the fourth quarter. Three times he never touched the ball in the fourth quarter, and in three other games he had three or fewer carries. FYI, Ball hasn’t had a fourth-down carry in six games.

    Richardson rushing yards per quarter First quarter 73-326-5, 4.5 average Second quarter 64-319-3, 5.0 Third quarter 73-538-6, 7.4 Fourth quarter 53-413-4, 7.8

    14. Defenses have keyed him: Richardson’s 1,910 yards from scrimmage have been 36.7 percent of the Alabama offense. In comparison, Ball’s 1,870 yards have been 32.7 percent of Wisconsin’s offense, and James’ 1,613 just 21.2 percent.

    15. Toughest competition, part I: This is the update of a chart that appeared on BOL two weeks ago, measuring who faced the toughest competition. Listed are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents discounted, the averages are referenced back to where they would be in the original rankings (full numbers for each player listed at the end of this article).

    Of all the Heisman contenders, there's no doubt that Trent Richardson faced the toughest competition: Average rank of average defense faced, total yards Richardson 33 (349.1) Ball 49 (370.0) James 66 (385.3) Barkley 72 (391.6) Moore 72 (392.6) Luck T78 (405.3) Griffin 86 (416.3) Keenum 86 (416.5) Weeden 92 (423.1)

    Incidentally, here’s where the quarterbacks rank in passing yards …

    2. Weeden, 4,111 yards, 34 TDs 4. Keenum, 4,726 yards, 43 TDs 10. Barkley, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs 15. Moore, 3,194 yards, 38 TDs 20. Griffin, 3,678 yards, 34 TDs 23. Luck 3,170 yards, 35 TDs

    … and passing efficiency:

    2. Griffin 191.11 3. Keenum 187.34 4. Moore 175.19 5. Luck 167.5 8. Weeden 162.25 9. Barkley 161.22

    Luck’s efficiency rating is actually a little down from last year’s 170.2.

    16. Toughest competition, part II: In scoring defense, Richardson has faced only two teams ranked 80th or worse.

    Opponents ranking 80th or worse in scoring defense Luck 8 Keenum 8 Weeden 6 Ball 5 James 5 Barkley 4 Griffin 4 Moore 4 Richardson 2

    Which do you think he would rather do, face the media or get on a plane? Richardson has faced five teams in the top 30, eight in the top 51. Luck has seen one in the top 30 (No. 30), four in the top 53 Griffin has played one in the top 30 (No. 28), three in the top 46.

    17. Toughest competition, part III: Richardson’s opponents have a combined record of 81-61, with the .570 winning percentage the best of any contender. In contrast, Luck’s opponents are .500 (72-72), with the teams Ball and Keenum faced having losing records.

    18. Toughest competition, part IV: Richardson has the most wins against Top 25 teams:

    Ranked opponents (record) Richardson 5 (4-1) Griffin 4+ (1-2) Weeden 3+ (3-0) Ball 3+ (2-1) James 3 (2-1) Luck 3 (2-1) Barkley 2 (1-1) Moore 1 (1-0) Keenum 0+ (0-0)

    The +-symbol means that those players will face a ranked team this weekend. Richardson, Keenum and Luck are the only three whose teams didn’t lose to an unranked opponent.

    19. Best against the best: Against ranked opponents Richardson is averaging 142 rushing yards (5.82 per carry) and 198.4 total yards. In his three games against Top 25 teams Luck averaged 219. 3 passing yards and 7.15 yards per attempt.

    20. A much bigger stage: Richardson played before at least 100,000 fans eight times (twice the capacity of Stanford’s home stadium), and was a regular fixture on national television in big-name matchups including Arkansas, Florida, Penn State, etc. LSU at Alabama was the second-most most watched college football regular-season game since CBS started keeping records in 1987. During Stanford’s most high-profile game, James stole the spotlight with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

    21. Signature plays: There’s a prevailing belief that the Heisman winner must have a signature moment that stands out and sticks with voters. Richardson had both the impressive 76-yard touchdown at Ole Miss that included a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move and the swatting away a defender during the 57-yard carry at Auburn. Luck’s was probably leading Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime victory against Southern California, against which he also gave up a pick-six interception.

    22. Handling the spotlight: Richardson has said the right things, and continually claimed that his offensive lineman are more deserving of being recognized.

    “I'm looking forward to it,” he said. “I wish everybody could go and represent this team. I'm going to try to represent it hard and try to represent it the best I can and speak well and try to answer the questions as good as I can while I'm down there. And be relaxed and have fun when I'm down there. It is a fun trip at the same time. I'm really trying to go down there and have fun and make sure that at the end of the day, win or lose, that my name's been mentioned as a Heisman candidate.”

    The game-by-game breakdown

    Here are the players involved, the opponents’ rankings and average yards allowed in both the primary category (rushing for the running backs, passing for the quarterbacks), and total defense. With Football Championship Subdivision opponents tossed out, the averages are referenced back to where it would be in the original rankings.

    For example, while Alabama’s opponents are 81-61, their combined rushing yards allowed average out to rank 62nd among 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams, and 33rd in total defense.

    Trent Richardson, Alabama Opponent, rush yards, total yards Kent State (5-7); 37 (129.8); 20 (326.2) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.92) North Texas (4-7); 75 (165.6); 105 (447.4) Arkansas (10-2); 79 (174.3); 51 (371.4) Florida (6-6); 40 (132.3); 10 (299.6) Vanderbilt (6-6) 25 (123.0); 19 (324.6) Ole Miss (2-10) 112 (224.9); 89 (419.3) Tennessee (5-7); 70 (162.7); 28 (340.5) LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Miss. State (6-6); 65 (161.0); 42 (355.9) Georgia Southern (9-2) (FCS team) Auburn (7-5); 99 (194.8); 78 (405.8) Total/Avg: (81-61); 62 (153.9); 33 (349.1)

    Montee Ball, Wisconsin Opponent, rush yards, total yards UNLV (2-9); 100 (194.9); 106 (448.5) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Northern Illinois (9-3); 84 (182.1); 91 (421.7) South Dakota (6-5) (FCS team) Nebraska (9-3); 66 (161.6); 36 (350.7) Indiana (1-11); 118 (243.7); 110 (458.7) Michigan State (10-2); 11 (102.5); 3 (266.7) Ohio State (6-6); 53 (142.4); 23 (328.6) Purdue (6-6); 89 (185.7); 68 (388.5) Minnesota (3-9); 91 (186.4); 77 (403.1) Illinois (6-6); 42 (132.7); 8 (291.8) Penn State (9-3); 50 (138.8); 11 (300.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (70-72); 78 (169.8); 49 (370.0)

    LaMichael James, Oregon Opponent, rush yards, total yards LSU (12-0); 4 (86.1); 2 (248.4) Nevada (6-5); 57 (147.0); 61 (378.0) Missouri State (2-9) (FCS team) Arizona (4-8); 66 (161.6); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 38 (130.3); 27 (339.4) Arizona State (6-6); 59 (148.0); 88 (418.9) Colorado (3-10); 87 (183.9); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 63 (157.2); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 54 (142.6); 95 (426.3) Stanford (11-1); 5 (90.3); 24 (331.4) Southern Cal (10-2); 19 (111.4); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 101 (196.8); 83 (411.3) Total/Avg: (75-68); 53 (141.4); 66 (385.3)

    Matt Barkley, Southern California Opponent, pass yards, total yards Minnesota (3-9); 52 (216.7); 77 (403.1) Utah (7-5); 86 (245.8); 30 (342.8) Syracuse (5-6); 99 (258.2); 71 (391.3) Arizona State (6-6); 106 (270.9); 88 (418.9) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) California (7-5); 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4); 36 (202.2); 33 (349.3) Stanford (11-1); 79 (241.1); 24 (331.4) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) [b[Total/Avg. [/b] (77-67); 89 (247.1); 72 (391.6)

    Kellen Moore, Boise State Opponent, pass yards, total yards Georgia (10-2); 15 (186.2); 4 (273.3) Toledo (8-4); 108 (278.5); 80 (407.2) Tulsa (8-4); 105 (273.2); 79 (406.1) Nevada (6-5); 60 (223.6); 54 (374.8) Fresno State (4-8); 97 (261.2); 103 (444.0) Colorado State (3-8); 13 (180.7); 74 (400.7) Air Force (7-5); 12 (178.6); 71 (397.1) UNLV (2-9); 109 (278.8); 106 (446.7) TCU (9-2); 75 (234.7); 43 (358.4) San Diego St. (7-4); 16 (186.7); 57 (375.8) Wyoming (7-4); 42 (207.6); 100 (434.6) Total/Avg: (71-55); 61 (226.3); 72 (392.6)

    Andrew Luck, Stanford Opponent, pass yards, total yards San Jose State (7-4); 56 (221.3); 94 (431.5) Duke (3-9); 84 (244.8); 93 (425.4) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) Colorado (3-10); 98 (255.4); 103 (439.3) Wash. State (4-8); 93 (252.4); 81 (409.6) Washington (7-5); 115 (283.8); 95 (426.3) Southern Cal (10-2); 101 (263.3); 54 (374.8) Oregon State (3-9); 49 (214.4); 83 (411.3) Oregon (10-2); 91 (249.1); 64 (384.7) California (7-5) 45 (209.1); 27 (339.4) Notre Dame (8-4) 36 (201.2); 33 (349.3) Total/Avg: (72-72); 82 (244.0); T78 (405.3)

    Robert Griffin III, Baylor Opponent, pass yards, total yards TCU (9-2); 71 (235.9); 45 (362.9) Stephan F. Austin (6-5) (FCS team) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.3); 76 (401.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Oklahoma State (10-1); 102 (267.0); 107 (453.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.3); 62 (282.3) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Oklahoma (9-2); 87 (246.0); 52 (373.0) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Total/Avg: (73-53); 100 (258.2); 86 (416.3)

    Case Keenum, Houston Opponent, pass yards, total yards UCLA (6-6); 68 (233.8); 84 (411.9) North Texas (4-7); 113 (281.7); 105 (447.4) La. Tech (8-4); 94 (252.8); 55 (374.8) Georgia State* (3-8) (FCS team) UTEP (5-7); 92 (251.7); 104 (441.5) East Carolina (5-7); 36 (202.2); 58 (376.3) Marshall (6-6); 100 (262.8); 87 (417.8) Rice (4-8); 111 (278.7); 112 (462.1) UAB (3-9); 114 (282.3); 115 (485.6) Tulane (2-11); 85 (245.4); 82 (410.3) SMU (7-5); 58 (223.9); 38 (351.3) Tulsa (8-4) 118 (289.3); 90 (402.7) Total/Avg: (61-82); 99 (255.8); 86 (416.5)

    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Opponent, pass yards, total yards La.-Lafayette (8-4) 90 (248.7); 72 (393.2) Arizona (4-8); 119 (298.9); 111 (460.5) Tulsa (8-4); 118 (289.3); 90 (420.7) Texas A&M (6-6); 112 (280.5); 66 (386.5) Kansas (2-10); 109 (277.9); 120 (516.4) Texas (7-4); 35 (201.8); 9 (297.6) Missouri (7-5); 89 (247.2); 62 (382.3) Baylor (8-3); 107 (271.8); 114 (470.3) Kansas State (9-2); 108 (277.7); 76 (401.6) Texas Tech (5-7); 63 (226.8); 115 (485.6) Iowa State (6-5); 82 (244.4); 102 (439.0) Total/Avg: (70-68); 100 (260.5); 92 (423.1)

    RG3 gonna win it so I didn't read all of that.

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  • Bryantua91 said... (original post)

    How many games would RGIII have cost Baylor if Baylor had bama's defense?

    How many games would Baylor have won with Trent instead of Griffin?

    Better question...

    Put RGIII on Alabama and Trent on Baylor.

    Does BAYLOR...yes...BAYLOR win 9 games and beat Texas and Oklahoma in the same season with Trent Richardson? HELL no.

    Does Alabama play for the BCS title with RGIII? HELL YES. They might have even beaten LSU with a better QB than AJ freaking McCaron.

  • I stopped reading after "condensed"

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  • Montee Ball having a better statistical season than Richardson is sure to pull votes away. RGIII is going to win it.

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