At Alabama, Richardson takes over in backfield



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Trent Richardson is no longer one of college football’s most talked about backups.

The tailback for No. 2 Alabama figures to be the centerpiece of the offense after taking over for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Richardson has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice.

Tide coach Nick Saban says Richardson doesn’t need to change his leadership or approach in his new role.

Saban says the junior has “always been a good player because of who he is.”

Richardson has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons.

Richardson is no longer following Ingram but he says he his following his oft-repeated advice “to never be complacent and stay humble.”