TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson could have gone anywhere he wanted to play college football.
But as he looks ahead to Saturday’s showdown with LSU, he’s reminded of just why he picked Alabama.
“You grow up watching games like this, the Texas-USC game (in 2005), and you imagine what it would be like to play in a game like that,” Richardson said. “As a little boy, you grow up watching all these big-time stars in big-time games, and that’s what you want to be. We’re going to be in that kind of game on Saturday. It’s still a dream and still a shock to me that I’m here doing this.
“This is why you come to Alabama.”
This obviously isn’t just any week with all the buildup and hype of No. 1 vs. No. 2, but Richardson said there’s a confidence and a tone set by coach Nick Saban that’s infectious.
“People don’t like to play for coaches who are uptight. It gets inside your head and messes kids up,” Richardson said. “Coach is always intense and the same way all the time. He just wants to see us succeed out there on the field. It’s not about him. It’s about us, and that’s the type of person I like to play for.”
Richardson said the players have actually been reassuring the coaches this week that they’re ready.
“In big games like this, we don’t panic and stay calm and try to play our game and play it like we’ve never played it before, like this is our last down we’re going to play,” Richardson said. “You never know. That’s what I try to remind everybody about. You can’t slack off. There are no friends on the field.
“The thing with this team is that when we get to the big games, we don’t worry. We’re on the coaches more than they’re on us. We’re like, ‘Hey, coach, we’re ready for this game. Don’t worry about nothing. We’ve got this.’ ”