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Richardson does it all against Auburn

Updated: November 29, 2011, 7:40 PM ET
By Steve Muench

After his 27-carry, 203-yard performance in a 42-14 win over rival Auburn, it's easy for even the casual fan to see why Alabama RB Trent Richardson is considered by many to be the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.

Richardson has carried a Crimson Tide offense that entered the season with a new starting quarterback and looking to replace an elite receiver in Julio Jones. His impressive season (263 carries, 1,583 yards, 20 TD; 27 catches, 327 yards, 3 TD) could very well make him the second Alabama back in the last three years to win the Heisman, following Mark Ingram in 2009.

Not surprisingly, Richardson is also the top running back on Scouts Inc.'s 2012 NFL draft board, and he is likely to come off the board higher than Ingram, whom the New Orleans Saints took with the 28th overall pick in 2011.

What makes Richardson so special? Here's a look at how he fared against Auburn from a scouting perspective, with a breakdown of his skills in each of the position-specific areas we use to evaluate running back prospects. Categories are graded from 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest grade.

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