How does Alabama replace rushing production from Richardson?
In his only year as Alabama's No. 1 back, Richardson finished with 1,679 yards and 21 rushing scores, while leading the Crimson Tide to their second national title in three seasons. As a backup to Mark Ingram, Richardson recorded at least 700 yards in 2009 and 2010.
The Crimson Tide has recruited well so there's no shortage of options to replace Richardson in 2012. Eddie Lacy averaged 7.1 yards per carry on 95 attempts last year and will be expected to be Alabama's No. 1 back. Jalston Fowler recorded 385 yards and four scores last season and may see 75-100 carries once again in 2012. However, redshirt freshman Dee Hart and true freshman T.J. Yeldon will also figure heavily into the mix. The Crimson Tide may not have one back replace Richardson's 1,679 yards, but the rushing attack won't miss a beat with this returning group of backs.