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Tide's Richardson, Hightower Bolting for NFL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama All-Americans Trent Richardson,

Dont'a Hightower and Dre Kirkpatrick have declared for the NFL

draft. Richardson and Kirkpatrick announced their decisions to skip

their senior seasons with the national champions while a spokesman

says Hightower also isn't returning.

Richardson and Kirkpatrick are both projected as potential Top

10 picks.

Richardson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running

back and was third in the Heisman voting. He set school

single-season rushing records with 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He and Hightower were first-team AP All-America selections while

Kirkpatrick was a second-teamer.

The Tide lost three underclassmen to the NFL last year, but

wound up beating LSU 21-0 in Monday night's national title game.

Kirkpatrick and Richardson were part of two national championship

teams.

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