As college football fans prepare for the showdown in Tuscaloosa this weekend, I am looking forward to watching Bama junior running back Trent Richardson.
Backing-up now Saints running back Mark Ingram, Richardson turned some heads last season with his abilities while Ingram was out with an injury.
Listed at 5'11 and 224 lbs., Richardson seems to have all the tools. Speed. Quickness. Elusiveness. Good hands.
But the Richardson trait that stands out the most is his strength.
It looks like he can leg squat a house, and it shows on the football field as he carries would-be tacklers down the field.
I think the term "NFL ready" is overused by analysts talking about drafting college quarterbacks, but I see nothing wrong with characterizing running back Richardson as a guy ready for professional football.
He reminds me of Maurice Jones-Drew--a versatile ball carrier, blocker, and receiver.
So, enjoy Saturday night's LSU-Alabama game as it may be a preview for players involved in your 2012 Fantasy Football Draft.