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Rookie Profile: RB Daryl Richardson

Posted May 11, 2012

Name: Daryl Richardson

Position: Running Back

Number: 26

College: Abilene Christian

From: Jacksonville, Florida

Height: 6’0

Weight: 200 pounds

High School Career: Played at Sandalwood High where as a senior he burst on the scene in leading the Jacksonville area in rushing with 1,620 yards and 14 touchdowns…Racked up 260 yards rushing in his final high school game…His performance earned him a place among the Florida Times Union newspaper’s Super 24 players in the area and an opportunity to continue his career at Cisco Junior College.  

College Career: In his first year at Cisco, carried 95 times for 526 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the school in all three categories…Transferred to Abilene Christian in 2009 where he was second team all conference in his first year with the Wildcats…Finished with 961 yards and added 23 catches for 209 years with 17 touchdowns…Rushed for 517 yards and caught 25 passes for 199 yards as a junior as he earned honorable mention all conference honors…Led ACU in rushing as a senior, posting 825 yards and 11 touchdowns to go with 40 catches for 371 yards and two scores.

Need to Know: Richardson comes from some very strong bloodlines with a pair of brothers currently in the NFL in Cincinnati’s Bernard Scott and Miami’s Clyde Gates, both of whom played collegiately at ACU. Scott has been successful as a change of pace back and holds all of ACU’s major rushing records.

He Said It:

“I can take it to the house any play. I’m very explosive, very aggressive. I’m just really explosive and aggressive.” – Richardson on his running style.

They Said It:

“Daryl is just real fast, strong, physical, kind of a change of pace guy. He’s a home run type of back and we were real surprised that he was there.” – Coach Jeff Fisher on what Richardson brings to the table.

“There was a lot of battle of who we were going to pick with that last pick but I’ll give the guys credit: he’s got some run skills, very quick, very fast, elusive. So it will be interesting to see how it works out.” – GM Les Snead on Richardson.

Outlook: With Steven Jackson entrenched as the starter and second-round pick Isaiah Pead in place in front of him, Richardson will have a prime opportunity to win the No. 3 job and contribute on special teams in his first year. Could provide some speed and change of pace in the run game but his early contributions and opportunity to make the roster will come on special teams.