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Last week: 27 rushes for 203 yards; one reception for five yards and one TD in 42-14 win over Auburn. Season (12 games): 263 rushes for 1,583 yards and 20 TDs; 27 receptions for 327 yards and three TDs; three kick returns for 66 yards. He left voters with a statement game as he vies to become the SEC's third straight winner. The junior torched Auburn for a career-high 203 yards, which was the most yards by a 'Bama back since Mark Ingram in 2009, and it was also his ninth 100-yard game of the year, which ties Ingram from that year. Richardson doesn't lead the nation in rushing yards or TDs, and his yardage would be the lowest by any Heisman-winning back since Archie Griffin's 1,450 in 1975, but you can argue no one has faced a more daunting schedule. He has seen seven defenses ranked in the top 50 -- Wisconsin's Montee Ball is second on this list with five -- and he's put his team in position to play for the BCS title. Next up: Season complete

Text: Cory McCartney, SI.com
Photo: Damian Strohmeyer/SI

Average: 4.3 (18 votes)