Upshaw knocks 'em down

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There's a sight no Alabama blocker hopes to see any given day in practice.

A speeding 41 in crimson is cringe-worthy at best. After three weeks of practicing, Tide offensive players are frankly sick of getting in Courtney Upshaw's way.

Even the biggest and strongest blockers look forward to the day Alabama's pass-rushing outside linebacker finds someone else to hit.

That includes running back Trent Richardson, who actively seeks contact in most situations.

"It's not pretty," Richardson said. "He's one of the strongest and biggest guys you'll ever find on a football field, and he's pretty fast, too. When I look at him and know he's blitzing, I'm like, 'Maaaaannn!'"

At 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, Upshaw's strength and power make it hard to truly stop him completely. For Richardson, who made a name for himself as one of the strongest players on the team, practice rules don't do him any favors.

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