- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson has become the latest target of the LSU fans.
The Alabama star running back spent much of Friday dodging cell phone calls and text messages from LSU fans, who've become quite adept at getting the cell phone numbers of opposing players and then wearing them out prior to a big game.
It happened to former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson before the 2008 game. It also happened to Florida's Tim Tebow and Riley Cooper in 2009.
Now, apparently, it's Richardson's turn.
"I don't know how they got my number, but they've got it and have been killing me all day," Richardson said. "One guy just keeps sending pictures of himself."
Richardson, who gets his biggest stage yet in the Heisman Trophy race on Saturday night, was already looking forward to getting another shot at LSU after being banged around in the game last season.
"Last year, I was all beat up," said Richardson, who was held to 28 yards on six carries in the 24-21 loss to the Tigers. "Coming into the game, I was getting a shot in my foot every weekend. I had a bruised sternum. My groin was tight and hurting, and I had a problem with the AC joint in my shoulder. It was crazy.
"And then in the game, I tore an abdominal muscle and had a slightly torn MCL. I was all beat up, man. But, now, I'm ready to go see what this healthy body can do against these LSU Tigers."
Richardson, who leads the SEC in rushing with an average of 123.6 yards per game, is braced for an even more physical game than a year ago.
"Their safeties are real good and they’re making plays out there like they’re linebackers," Richardson said. "Their safeties aren’t scared to hit nobody, and a dude like me is going to come with it. They leave a lot of one-on-one coverages with the receivers and have some of the best cornerbacks I’ve seen.
"As an offensive unit, we've got to break their will first."
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