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Paul Richardson
Player Profile:
Paul Richardson 721011
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Serra
Experience: 2 Letters

AT COLORADO: Career Notes-He finished his CU career third all-time in receptions (156), fifth in receiving yards (2,423), second in touchdown receptions (21), 18th in yards from scrimmage (2,440), 29th in all-purpose yards (2,454) and 29th in scoring (128 points). He had three career 200-yard games, a CU record (he had three of the school’s five total). His nine 100-yard plus games were third in school history; in addition, he had 13 plays of 50-yards or longer in his career, all receptions. Overall, he set or tied 29 school records (complete list at end of this bio), while his 21 career touchdowns have covered 841 yards, or 40.0 per (2010: 3, 60, 62, 4, 3, 50; 2011: 15, 21, 66, 78, 9; 2013: 82, 75, 55, 30, 28, 60, 75, 7, 53, 5).

2013 (Jr.-RS)-In being named CU’s Zack Jordan Award winner as the team’s most valuable player along with earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors (CU’s first all-conference wide receiver in 16 seasons), he set school single season records for receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,343); his 10 touchdowns were one shy of the mark in averaging 16.2 yards per catch (fifth-highest average at CU for a player with 50 or more receptions). He was a third-team All-American by CBSSports.com, while a fourth-team choice by Phil Steele’s College Football and an honorable mention selection by Sports Illustrated. He was second in the Pac-12 and 18th in the NCAA in receptions per game (6.9) and second and eighth, respectively, in the same for receiving yards per game (111.9); he was ninth in the conference in all-purpose yards (112.5 per). He became the first player in Pac-12 Conference history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games (208 vs. Colorado State, 209 vs. Central Arkansas); his 21 receptions in back-to-back games to open the 2013 season were a CU two-game record, snapping the old mark of 19, and he did it again later in the season; and of those 1,343 yards, 418 (or 31 percent), came after the catch as he had seven plays of 50 yards or more which set a school single-season record. He started all 12 games and caught at least three passes in each, with five or more on nine occasions; his six 100-yard receiving games tied the CU season mark. He was also one of four finalists for Colorado’s college player of the year by Mile High Sports magazine and earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was selected as one of six team captains, by his teammates, for the season upon the players’ return for summer workouts. He looked sharp in spring practices coming off rehabilitation after tearing his ACL; in the four major spring scrimmages, he caught eight passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns (averaged 36.8 yards per catch). He was one of 75 playerson the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, but inexplicably did not advance to semifinalist status (he was ranked as the No. 42 wide receiver in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football), and was named preseason second-team All-Pac 12 by Steele and Lindy’s Pac-12 Football.

2012 (Jr.)-Redshirted; he suffered a torn ACL in the final week of spring practice (April 9) and underwent surgery on April 16; though it was first thought that he would miss the 2012 season for certain, he was able to practice toward the end of the year as he healed quicker expected. But he took the redshirt as planned.

2011 (Soph.)-He earned honorable mention sophomore All-American honors from collegefootballnews.com; he made Phil Steele’s Mid-Season All-Pac 12 third-team, but a knee injury suffered in practice (Oct. 5) caused him to miss four games during the middle portion of the year derailed him from completing a breakout season. He was one of 95 players on the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, as he was added three weeks into the season. He played in nine games (all starts), and despite missing four games and the better part of a fifth, he was third on the team in both receptions (39) and yards (555), while being second in touchdown catches (5). He had six catches of 20 yards or longer, 20 of 10 or more, and earned 27 first downs (26 receiving, 1 rushing and nine on third/fourth down plays out of 14 receptions). He also ran two reverses for 24 yards and had a punt return for four yards. He earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors (along with CU Athlete of the Week and the Colorado NFF Chapter overall honor) for his record-setting game against California. He set a school record for the most receiving yards in a game with 284, doing so on 11 receptions, which tied CU’s single-game mark. Two of the catches went for touchdowns, the pair covering 78 and 66 yards, and with 13 other yards (nine rushing, four punt return), he had 297 all-purpose yards, the eighth-most for a single game at Colorado.  The 284 yards were the second-most in the NCAA for the season, topped only by Houston’s Patrick Edwards, who had 318 against Rice. He earned 10 first downs in the game, a good chunk of the 27 he earned on the season. He had two receiving touchdowns in the third quarter at Hawai'i in the season opener, which tied CU’s record for the most in a single quarter (it also matched the most for a half, which he also did in the Cal game). The coaches selected him as the Hale Irwin Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the top sophomore-to-be.

2010 (Fr.) -He earned second-team Freshman All-American honors from collegefootballnews.com and garnered third-team honors from Phil Steele’s College Football. In the coaches voting for the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, he received a few votes to earn honorable mention honors in that category. He was named CU’s Co-Male Freshman Athlete of the Year Award for all sports (sharing with basketball’s Andre Roberson at the school’s annual CUSPY’s to end the school year), after having won the team’s Lee Willard Award as the most outstanding freshman. He also earned second-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation. In playing in all 12 games (four starts), he finished third on the team in receptions with 34 as a true freshman in 2010, but was second in both yards (514) and touchdowns (6) in averaging a team-best 15.1 yards per catch. He had a hand in four of CU’s top seven longest plays of the season (three of the top five), all passes caught from Cody Hawkins that covered 62, 60, 55 and 50 yards. He set CU freshman single-game records for the most catches (11) and yards (141) at Kansas, also tying the overall mark for most receptions, and established the mark for frosh single-season yardage and TDs. He posted two of the five all-time 100-yard games by Buff freshmen (the other was 121 versus Iowa State). He had first tied the record for freshman receiving touchdowns with two against Texas Tech, when he caught four passes for 79 yards; he was CU’s Male Athlete of the Week for both that game and the Kansas contest. One of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in 2010, he joined the team on the second day of practices as a scholarship receiver after originally signing with UCLA.

HIGH SCHOOL -As a senior, he earned Prep Star and SuperPrep All-America honors, the latter of which ranked him as the No. 26 receiver in the nation and No. 20 player in the Far West region, while Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 141 national prospect (the No. 22 receiver overall) and the No. 20 player in California. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 44 player in the state and the No. 38 receiver nationally, with ESPN.com ranking him as the No. 66 receiver in the country. He was a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, and received votes but fell just shy of honorable mention on the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best-In-West squad. He caught 31 passes for 552 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards per catch, with a pair of 100-yard games (3 catches for 128 yards, 2 TDs vs. St. Bernard and 3-100, 2 TDs versus Carson). Del Ray was 15-0 his senior season under coach Scott Altenberg, claiming state, CIF Southern Section and Del Ray League titles; he caught a TD pass in his team’s 24-17 title game win. As a junior at Los Alamitos, he caught 48 passes for 809 yards, 16.9 per, with 13 touchdowns and four 100-yard games.  Top games that year came in wins against Marina (4 catches for 156 yards and 3 TDs) and versus Narbonne (4-124, 4 TDs).  His sophomore year, he pulled down 31 receptions for 587 yards, 18.9 per, and eight touchdowns. He had his prep-best yardage game as a soph, with six receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 win over Edison. Los Alamitos was 8-3 his junior season and 7-3 as a sophomore under coach John Barnes. Overall in his prep career, he caught 110 passes for 1,948 yards (17.7), with 28 touchdowns and eight 100-yard games. Also played some defensive back sporadically as a prep, with seven pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two recoveries over three seasons. He also lettered in basketball (point guard) and in track (sprints and relays); he had careers bests of 10.62 in the 100-meters, 21.0 in the 200 and 40.66 on the first leg of the 4x400.

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2014.

PERSONAL-He was born April 13, 1992 in Los Angeles. His hobbies include movies and spending time with friends and family, particularly his 16-year old twin brothers (Dymund and De-Jon). His father, Paul Sr., played wide receiver at UCLA and played in the National Football League with Philadelphia, Oakland, Green Bay and the New York Jets. His family moved from Los Alamitos to Gardena prior to his senior year in high school.

Receiving High Games
Season G No. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rec Yds
2010 12 34 514 15.1 6 62t 11 141
2011 9 39 555 14.2 5 78t 11 284
2013 12 83 1343 16.2 10 82t 11 209
Totals 33 156 2412 15.5 21 82t 11 284
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS- Rushing (career: 9-38, 4.2 avg.): 6-7, 1.2 avg., 0 td, 8 long (2010); 2-24, 12.0 avg., 0 TD, 15 long (2011);
1-7, 7.0 avg., 0 TD (2013). Punt Returns: 1-4, 4.0 avg. (2011).


Richardson's Colorado Records (29)  
Most Receptions, Half -8 (for 88 yards), Paul Richardson vs. Southern California in Boulder, Nov. 23 (second half) TIED RECORD
Most Receptions, Game -11, Paul Richardson on four occasions (1 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 2 in 2013) TIED RECORD
Receptions by Class/Game, Freshman (True) -11 (for 41 yards), Paul Richardson vs. Kansas at Lawrence, Nov. 6, 2010. RECORD
Receptions by Class/Game, Sophomore -11, Paul Richardson vs. California in Boulder, Sept. 10, 2011. TIED RECORD
Most Receptions by Class/Game, Junior -11, Paul Richardson vs. Central Arkansas, Sept. 7, 2013; vs. California, Nov. 16, 2013  TIED RECORD
Most Receptions, Season -83, Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Most Receptions, Two Consecutive Games -21, Paul Richardson, Sept. 1-7, 2013 RECORD
Most Receptions, Four Consecutive Games -31, Paul Richardson, Sept. 1-Oct. 5, 2013 TIED RECORD
Consecutive Games Catching Passes, Seven Receptions -3, Paul Richardson, Nov. 9-23, 2013 TIED RECORD
Most Receptions by Two Players, Game -19, Paul Richardson (11) and Nelson Spruce (8), vs. California in Boulder, Nov. 16, 2013 TIED RECORD
Most Receiving Yards, Game -284 (11 receptions), Paul Richardson vs. California in Boulder, Sept. 10, 2011 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards by Class/Game, Junior -209 (11 receptions), Paul Richardson vs. Central Arkansas in Boulder, Sept. 7, 2013 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards by Class/Game, Freshman (True/Redshirt) - 141 (11 receptions), Paul Richardson at Kansas, Nov. 6, 2010. RECORD
Most Receiving Yards by Class/Game, Sophomore -284 (11 receptions), Paul Richardson vs. California in Boulder, Sept. 10, 2011 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards, Season -1,343 (83 receptions), Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards/Season, Freshman (True/Redshirt) -514 (34 receptions), Paul Richardson, 2010 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards/Season, Junior -1,343 (83 receptions), Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards by Class/Game, Junior -209 (11 receptions), Paul Richardson vs. Central Arkansas in Boulder, Sept. 7, 2013 RECORD
Average Gain Per Reception, Game (minimum 10) -25.8 (11 for 284), Paul Richardson vs. California in Boulder, Sept. 10, 2011 RECORD
Highest Average Per Game, Receiving, Season -111.9 (1,343 in 12 games), Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Most 100-Yard Receiving Games, Season -6, Paul Richardson, 2013 TIED RECORD
Most 200-Yard Receiving Games, Season -2, Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Most 200-Yard Receiving Games, Career -2, Paul Richardson, 2010-13 RECORD
Most Receiving Yards Against One Opponent -424, Paul Richardson vs. California (284 in 2011, 140 in 2013) RECORD
Most Games, Two Touchdown Receptions -6, Paul Richardson, 2010-13 RECORD
Most Receiving Touchdowns by Class/Season, Freshman (True/Redshirt) -6, Paul Richardson, 2010. RECORD
Most Receiving Touchdowns by Class/Season, Junior -10, Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD
Passing For A Touchdown and Scoring A Touchdown By Receiving, Season -Paul Richardson (1, 10), 2013 TIED RECORD
Most First Downs Earned, Receiving, Season -50, Paul Richardson, 2013 RECORD


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