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Their rankings: Alabama was No. 2, Florida No. 1. Richardson deflects talk that this game might become another Heisman stage.

“It could be, but I don’t buy into that stuff,” he said. “For the Heisman Trophy, I say (left tackle) Barrett Jones, Nachos (center William Vlachos), I hope them boys get it.”

Apparently, Richardson is taking his cue from Ingram. Vlachos said that the current New Orleans Saints tailback voted for him for the Heisman last season, and he sees a similar mind-set in Richardson.

“He’s a team player,” Vlachos said. “He brings the same amount of effort whether it’s a passing down and he’s got to go (block) a defensive end, or if they’re saying, `Hey, it’s third-and-1 on the goal line and you’ve got to get the touchdown for us.’

“Whatever he’s got to do for our team, he does it. He’s not worried about attention and that type stuff. He’s worried about this team and doing what he’s got to do to help our offense.”