Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Alabama Star Trent Richardson to Make CFL Debut against Toronto Argonauts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Alabama Star Trent Richardson to Make CFL Debut against Toronto Argonauts

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Richardson to make CFL debut against Argos

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TORONTO - Victor Butler will have the chance Saturday afternoon to again lock horns with Trent Richardson.

Richardson will make his CFL debut with Saskatchewan (7-6) when it visits the Toronto Argonauts (7-7) at BMO Field. The Roughriders signed Richardson last week but the former Alabama star didn't play in their 18-17 road win over the Ottawa Redblacks.

The five-foot-nine, 225-pound Richardson ran for 3,130 yards (5.8-yard average) and 35 TDs over three seasons at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide capture two NCAA titles before going third overall to Cleveland in the '12 NFL draft. But Richardson couldn't duplicate his collegiate success, rushing for 2,032 yards and 17 TDs in 46 career games with the Browns and Indianapolis Colts (2012-14).

After being waived by Indianapolis in March 2015, Richardson was subsequently released by Oakland (before '15 season) and Baltimore (2016). Butler and Richardson squared off in the NFL as members of the Dallas Cowboys and Browns, respectively, before becoming teammates with the Colts.

"The guy is a great back," Butler said. "When you play against guys like him, the worst thing you can do is one -- underestimate him, and two -- disrespect him.

"You've got to respect his game, the calibre of player he is."

Saskatchewan has the CFL's worst rushing attack (907 yards, 69.8 per game). Toronto's defence is ranked third against the run (86.4 yards per game) despite allowing 189 yards in its 43-35 overtime win over Hamilton on Saturday night.

C.J. Gable, who was dealt to Edmonton on Monday, had 157 yards and two TDs for Hamilton.

"They (Riders) are going to try to run the ball just because of what they saw last week," said Toronto defensive co-ordinator Corey Chamblin. "We just have to be stouter up front, fill all of our gaps and be able to tackle.

"That's the big thing because he's a big back. We have to find a way to tackle him and get him down."

However, the six-foot-two, 248-pound Butler said there's more to Richardson's game than just brute strength.

"The guy can fly," Butler said. "He's elusive . . . and can catch the ball out of the backfield. …

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