TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson is one of five finalists for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Richardson, a native of Pensacola, Fla., is joined by Houston quarterback Case Keenum, Baylor signal-caller Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
The winner will be announced during the 5 p.m. (CT) edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, Dec. 8. The winner will receive the 2011 Walter Camp Trophy at the foundation's annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Richardson is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award. The Doak Walker award is presented the best running back in college football, while the Maxwell Award goes to the best player in college football.
In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns.
He has added 27 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns and has accounted for 1,976 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 164.7 yards per game. Richardson has faced seven of the nation's top-50 defenses, five of the top-50 rush defenses and five top-20 total defenses.