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
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