Greatest Player of the Saban Era: #3 Trent Richardson vs #14 Dont'a Hightower

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Who was the greatest player to wear the Crimson and White while Coach Saban has roamed the sidelines at Bryant-Denny? Let's Check:

Who is the Greatest of the Greatest? Who is the Champion among Champions? There can be only one. We have seeded our 16-player field into a single elimination bracket, and it's up to you, the commentariat, to decide who advances to the next round. So cast your vote, then get down in the comments and explain why you are right, and those who voted for the other guy are clearly misinformed.

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Round #1, Match #3

Stats gathered from 2012 Alabama Football Record Book and www.sports-reference.com. (I understand that some of these records will have changed after the 2012 season.)

[Author's Note: I understand that it can be as difficult to compare across positions as it is to compare across generations - if not more so. Please bear in mind that some positions, particularly offensive linemen, simply aren't going to generate measurable statistics - not positive ones, at any rate.]

Trent Richardson, RB

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- Butch Dill

Stats

540 carries for 3,130 yards (5.80 yards per carry), 35 touchdowns
68 receptions for 730 yards (10.74 yards per catch), 7 touchdowns
28 kick returns for 720 yards (25.71 yards per return), 1 touchdown
13 tackles (10 solo)
- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/trent-richardson-1.html

Alabama records

#1, all purpose yards (season) - 2,083, 2011 (1,679 rushing, 338 receiving, 66 kickoff return)
#8, all purpose yards (season) - 1,600, 2010 (700 rushing, 266 receiving, 634 kickoff return)
#2, all purpose yards (career) - 4,580 (3,130 rushing, 730 receiving, 720 kickoff return)
#5, all purpose yards per game in a season - 160.2, 2011 (2,083 yards in 13 games)
#6, all purpose yards per game in a season - 145.5, 2010 (1,600 yards in 11 games)
#5, all purpose yards per game in a career - 120.5 (4,580 yards in 38 games)
#1, total touchdowns in a season (tie with 1999 Shaun Alexander) - 24, 2011 (21 rushing, 3 receiving)
#4, total touchdowns in a career (tie with John Parker Wilson) - 43 (35 rushing, 7 receiving, 1 kickoff return)
#3, rushing attempts per season - 283, 2011
#7, rushing attempts in a career - 540
#1, rushing yards in a season - 1,679, 2011
#5, rushing yards in a career - 3,130
#2, rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 10-19 attempts) - 15.2 ypc, vs. North Texas, 2011 (11 carries, 167 yards, 3 touchdowns)
#14 (tie), rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 10-19 attempts) - 10.8 ypc, at Ole Miss, 2011 (17 carries, 183 yards, 4 touchdowns)
#9, rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 20 attempts) - 9.0 ypc, in the Land of the Auburnite, 2011 (27 carries, 203 yards, 0 touchdowns)
#5, rushing yards per carry in a season (minimum 100 carries) - 6.2 ypc, 2010 (112 carries for 700 yards)
#4, rushing yards per carry in a season (minimum 200 carries) - 5.93 ypc, 2011 (283 carries for 1,679 yards)
#2, rushing yards per carry in a career (minimum 400 carries) - 5.79 ypc (540 carries for 3,130 yards)
#1, rushing touchdowns in a season - 21, 2011
#3, rushing touchdowns in a career - 35
#1 (tied with Mark Ingram), most 100 yard rushing games in a season - 9, 2011
#3, most 100 yard rushing games in a career - 13
#5, rushing yards in a career - 3,130
#2, most kickoff returns in a game - 6, at South Carolina, 2010
#4, most kickoff returns in a season - 24, 2010
#2, most kickoff return yards in a season - 634, 2009
#6, most kickoff return yards in a career - 697
#6, most yards per kickoff return in a season (minimum 10 returns) - 26.4, 2010
#3, most yards per kickoff return in a career (minimum 15 retuns) - 25.8

Awards

Unanimous 1st Team All-American (2011)
Doak Walker Award (2011)
SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2011)
1st Team All-SEC (2010, 2011)
SEC All-Freshman Team (2009)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Richardson

Dont'a Hightower, LB

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- Sam Greenwood

Stats

234 tackles (101 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks
1 interception, returned for 29 yards, 8 passes defended
1 fumble recovered, returned for 8 yards
2 fumbles forced
- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/donta-hightower-1.html

Awards

Consensus 1st Team All-American (2011 - AFCA, AP, WCFF, PWF, Yahoo!)
1st Team All-SEC (2011)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dont%27a_Hightower

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