Re: Trent v Ridley: Who will have the better career?
posted at 9/21/2013 9:16 AM EDT
In response to neinmd's comment:
I posted Ridley's stats from 2012 on another thread. Statistically, he has better numbers than Richardson. Career 4.5 yards/carry Ridley; 3.4 YPC for Richardson.
However, if I was looking for a back that could get me 1-2 yards when I really needed it, Richardson might be a better choice. If I was looking for a better balance overall between passing and rushing, I would pick Ridley.
On fumbles, he has had 6 over ~400 carries, Richardson has had 3 over ~300 carries.
Ridley does not get as much credit as he deserves. He is also a humble guy who accepts responsibility for his weaknesses and tries to fix them.
I agree with a lot of what you have written here.
In Trent's favor, Ridley is a fumbler. That could hurt him. The six fumbles don't count the ones he didn't lose. It was a problem at LSU that wasn't reflected on the stat sheet. He fubmled the ball out of bounds quite a few times. His good fortune, but it demonstrates an inability to secure the ball.
In Ridley's favor, I'll disagree with the 1-2 yards comment. I won't trust either of them with my life ... but if I were to knock TR, it would be because he doesn't churn and fight for the extra yardage. If I had a gun to my head, I think Stevan's more of a fighter, even if Richardson is lower and heavier.
Good post though.