By JOHN ZENORTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene.
He was biding his time behind tailback Mark Ingram, who was his way to becoming Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner. But Ingram knew before Richardson was named a finalist for the award this year that the Crimson Tide might have another candidate waiting in the wings.
Then a freshman, Richardson broke four tackles en route to a 52-yard touchdown against Arkansas two years ago in a run that has only grown in the retelling.
"He broke like seven tackles and then took it up the sideline for like 40 yards," Ingram recalled. "I was like, Yeah, that's not really normal.' I figured that we had a special guy."
A program that collected -- by its own count -- 12 national titles before fielding a Heisman winner now is hoping for its second in three seasons. And because of Ingram's looming presence, Richardson was a star long before he was a starter.
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