Posted by Tom Fornelli
Trent Richardson had quite a night against Penn State on Saturday night, rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown while also grabbing four receptions for another 44 yards. In other words, the Alabama Crimson Tide didn't miss their Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram all that much. Though it appears that the Tide won't be missing Ingram at all in the near future, and that Richardson's role as the featured back may be coming to an end.
Ingram returned to practice on Monday after missing Alabama's first two games due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the end of August. It's possible that he may be on the field this Saturday when the Tide head to Durham to take on the Duke Blue Devils. The deciding factor will be, according to Nick Saban , how much Ingram is able to practice.
He's still listed as day-to-day and Saban wants to see "how he gets back into it."
Odds are that if Saban sees anything he doesn't like from Ingram on the practice field, he's not going to risk hurting his running back any further against a Duke team that shouldn't pose much of a threat to his team.
After all, Trent Richardson has proven himself more than capable of carrying the load for Bama's offense, and there are some of us out there -- like me, for instance -- who think that Richardson is the best running back on Alabama's roster. Even when Mark Ingram is fully healthy.