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Richardson, Randle Are Two To Watch On Saturday Night

If I asked you for the names of two players to watch in Saturday’s night super-mega-uber-showdown between LSU and Alabama, you’d like throw out Trent Richardson’s name first.  The brusing Bama back would sit atop our own Heisman list at the moment.

From LSU’s side of things, would you toss out the Honey Badger’s name?  Tyrann Mathieu has gotten his own share of Heisman pub, though there’s little chance of him actually winning the trophy.

What about Spencer Ware, the Tiger tailback whose runs can best be described as violent?

Well try the name Rueben Randle.  As is the case with Richardson at Alabama, when it comes to yards from scrimmage in SEC contests, Randle is the leading weapon for LSU. 

Richardson averages 170.0 yards per game rushing and receiving (again, in SEC contests only).  Randle has outgained all his Tiger teammates to the tune of 90.8 yards per game.

There are 12 players in the conference who are averaging more than 75 yards from scrimmage per game in SEC battles.  Below is the complete list.  If you’re looking for a way to quantify the venerable MVP questions, start here…


Player
School
Position
Games Played
Rush Yds
Rec Yds
Total Yds
Yds/Play
Yds/Game
T. Richardson
Alabama
RB
5
674
176
850
7.7
170.0
M. Dyer
Auburn
RB
6
713
7
720
5.0
120.0
M. Lattimore
S. Carolina
RB
5
460
124
584
5.1
116.8
I. Crowell
Georgia
RB
6
543
45
588
4.9
98.0
Z. Stacy
Vanderbilt
RB
5
416
70
486
6.9
97.2
V. Ballard
Miss. State
RB
5
353
117
470
5.3
94.0
R. Randle
LSU
WR
5
0
454
454
21.6
90.8
D. Johnson
Arkansas
RB
4
251
110
361
7.7
90.3
C. Rainey
Florida
RB
6
328
195
523
5.7
87.2
J. Adams
Arkansas
WR
4
87
255
342 13.2
85.5
O. McCalebb
Auburn
RB
6
353
128
481
6.3
80.2
S. Ware
LSU
RB
4
301
15
316
4.2
79.0



Richardson averages 50 more yards from scrimmage per SEC contest than any other player in the league.  Can LSU stop him or at least slow him down?  If not, the Tigers’ chances won’t be too good on Saturday night.

Randle is LSU’s leading yardage-getter in SEC games.  And his 21.6 yards-per-tough average shows what kind of big play threat he has become.  Will Les Miles rope-a-dope Bama with Jordan Jefferson the runner in the hopes of eventually having his “running” quarterback go deep to Randle once the Tide’s safeties start creeping up?

There’s not a soul who didn’t already know to keep any eye on Richardson.  But now you see how important Randle is for LSU, as well.

 


1 comments
Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Jarius Wright had 281 yards and 2 TDs from scrimmage against Texas A&M. I know they are not technically "SEC" yet, but they are apparently SEC caliber. Maybe worth considering in an MVP analysis.



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