GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 01: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for yardage during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
In past weeks, I've merely awarded the player of the game and presented it to you for your reading pleasure. This week, after such a big win, I'm having a heck of a time deciding between two very worthy candidates: Trent Richardson and Courtney Upshaw. So, I'm going to let y'all vote on player of the week this go around.
Richardson had a career rushing day amassing 181 yards on 29 carries (6.2 ypc) and 2 TDs. He also had two receptions for 27 yards. We saw Richardson impose his will on a talented Gator defense in a myriad of ways. There were times the entire stadium knew Richardson was getting the ball and Florida could still do nothing to stop it. Offensive stats are always more eye-popping (only offensive players have won player of the week so far), but Courtney Upshaw turned in a magnificent performance this weekend in Gainesville. He had four tackles (all solo: 3 TFL and 1 sack) and some QB hurries. Every tackle Upshaw made contributed greatly towards making Florida's offensive schedule more difficult. Upshaw created negative 31 yards for the Gator offense. He also returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown (which, hilariously put him third most on the team for all purpose yards behind Richardson and Maze.) The timing of some of Upshaw's big plays were critical too. The pick six was the go ahead score and his sack pushed the Gator FG attempt just before the half back to a not so easy 52 yarder that was missed.
So, two very worthy candidates for player of the week this week. Who do you choose?
Who was Alabama's Player of the Week against Florida?
Trent Richardson (694 votes)
Courtney Upshaw (794 votes)
1488 total votes