Over the past two seasons, the Browns have been able to patch together decent backfield production with players such as Peyton Hillis and Chris Ogbonnaya touching the ball. In contrast, Richardson is a much better, more explosive all-around back. Left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack will be key in opening holes for Richardson, and the arm of fellow rookie Brandon Weeden should help the Browns’ passing game earn a little more respect from defenses. The best running back in the draft is the best bet to be offensive rookie of the year.
The Crimson Tide's success isn't as tied to any one player, even McCarron, as the 2004 team was to Brodie Croyle, for instance. Ely will get plenty of reps, and while any unforeseen occurrence that sidelined McCarron would be unwelcome, it might not be nuclear. One thing is certain: signing a quarterback (at least one, and probably two) is a recruiting priority for Alabama now. The opportunity available to a blue-chip prospect - especially one looking at a two-times-in-three-years BCS champion - may never be so enticing. Alabama tried to convince Gunner Kiel and Jameis Winston of that fact a year ago, but couldn't. That hasn't caused a crisis, and it might be that the heir apparent to McCarron is already on campus. But that heir isn't quite apparent yet, not in the way that it was just a few days ago.
The third ranked Alabama softball team closed out the series with a 5-1 victory over Arkansas, Sunday afternoon at Bogle Park. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 45-5 on the season and 21-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama banged out 10 hits with sophomore Kaila Hunt leading the way with a 3-for-3 effort. Sophomore Jackie Traina batted 2-for-2 and earned her 29th win in the circle. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and struck out 10 in her 22nd complete game of the season.
At the risk of beating the Bowl Championship Series to a bloody pulp, it's important to remember one of the worst unintended consequences of this creation. While it's true the BCS served a purpose and provided some satisfying No. 1 vs. 2 championship games in between controversies, it also sucked the life out of New Year's Day. BCS bowls became packaged to the public as single games over several nights intended to stand on their own. Never mind that these games don't impact the national championship. Never mind that they get played late in the middle of the work week after vacations are over.
Walker was part of a "Huntsville connection" of Crimson Tide players in the '80s. He followed Johnson's Mike Adcock and Huntsville's Scott McRae (Class of '80) to The Capstone, signed the same year as did Lee's Ricky Moore and Willard Scissum, and was followed by Butler's Johnson, Lee's Gary Otten and Huntsville's Wes Neighbors ('82).
The Julio Jones trade is by far the biggest move that Heckert and Holmgren have ever pulled. Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the rear-view mirror (anyone have a 2013 NFL mock draft?), we are now able to calculate the final tally of what exactly the Browns pulled in.