Did it drive him a little crazy, standing on the sideline? "A little, at first," Richardson admits. "I'm a football player. But this way we got Eddie some good game experience"—redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy racked up 111 yards on 13 carries—"and I got to save my legs for next weekend."
'Bama's depth at running back is but one of the problems the Nittany Lions' defense must confront. Greg McElroy, the Tide's second-year starter at quarterback, looked much more comfortable on Saturday attacking the defense down the field—not one of his strengths last year.
"Our quarterbacks and receivers are looking good, our line's playing great," Richardson says. "We could be pretty good."
The Tide is back, in other words, and possibly better than ever. While not an especially fresh concept in college football, it is a reality that must be ... faced.
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