Alabama's Jalston Fowler isn't trying to be the next Trent Richardson or Mark Ingram.
He'd rather follow in the heavy footsteps of big NFL running backs such as Jerome Bettis, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Jacobs.
''I try to mirror my game after them,'' Fowler said.
The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Fowler - nicknamed ''Nudie'' since childhood - has been a mostly unheralded runner for the Crimson Tide though he did gain 125 yards against Mississippi last season. He has taken advantage of extra opportunities this spring with likely starter Eddie Lacy out while recovering from surgery to repair a turf toe injury.
More highly touted runners Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon have no college experience.
Fowler seems to have thrived with the increased role. He ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns in the Tide's scrimmage last weekend, leading a backfield that has produced two Heisman Trophy finalists in three years, including the 2009 winner Ingram.