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#70 Eric Richter
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 310
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Capistrano Valley/Saddleback College
Experience: Junior College
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AT COLORADO: 2012 (Sr.)—He saw action in seven games on offense (no starts) and in 11 on special teams on the field goal/PAT unit.  He graded out to 70.7 percent in 116 snaps from scrimmage (82 plus plays), playing primarily right guard; toward the end of the season he would be brought into to play on third down passing situations.  He saw the most action in the finale against Utah (36 plays), when he had his best single-game grade of 77.8 percent.  He has two will breaker blocks, did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure, and was flagged for just one penalty.  He played all 36 snaps on the FG/PAT unit.  He had entered the fall second at defensive tackle, but moved back to his old spot (guard) on offense the second day of August camp.  In spring conditioning tests, he did 51 reps at 225 pounds (also did four reps of 440 and six at 405); those stats enabled him to make Bruce Feldman’s (CBSSports.com) annual spring list of the Top 10 freaks (strongest in a good way), coming in at 10b.  

(Jr.)—He saw brief action in one game (at Stanford), and dressed for six others; he was in for seven plays against the Cardinal.  He moved to defensive tackle from offensive guard the first week of spring practices, and he adapted well to his new position.  In the three main spring scrimmages, he recorded 12 tackles (nine solo, including one quarterback sack and two stops for zero gain) along with two hurries and a third down stop.  Bruce Feldman (then with ESPN.com) ranked him as the fourth strongest player in college football on his annual Top 10 list, citing his sets of 6-to-8 reps of 405 pounds in the bench press, along with 41 reps at 225 pounds (and has done 500 pounds for 3 reps).

2010 (Jr.-RS)—Redshirted; he practiced all fall on the offensive line and also on the scout team.  He was one of the strongest players on the team, as evidenced by his 505-pound bench press, the team best in spring conditioning drills.  He enrolled at Colorado for the spring semester with three years to play two in eligibility.

AT SADDLEBACK COLLEGE (2008-09/Fr.-Soph.)—He was named the No. 56 on the SuperPrep JuCo 100 list and is the eighth offensive lineman on the list. He earned All-State and All-National Division Southern Conference honors as a sophomore in 2009 at Saddleback College under coach Mark McElroy.  Saddleback earned a 16-6 record in his two years there, including 9-2 his sophomore season as he started at offensive guard in all 11 games and  helped anchor one of the most prolific offenses in school history.  Saddleback led the Southern Conference of the Southern California Football Association, scoring 37.5 points per game and racking up 370.9 yards of total offense per game, 142.0 on the ground and 228.9 through the air.  Saddleback did not make the playoffs in 2009, but did host the Western States Bowl and defeated College of the Canyons, 31-20.  He went head-to-head with Canyons’ linebacker Evan Harrington, who also signed with the Buffs.  Saddleback was 7-4 his freshman season and saw action in six games.  The Gauchos advanced to the Southern California Football Association playoffs, losing in the first round that season. 

HIGH SCHOOL—He earned first-team All-South Coast League mention as both a junior and senior at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., in 2006 and ’07, lettering twice under coach Chichi Biehn.  He was also named the team’s most valuable player as a senior.  He started all 20 games his junior and senior seasons at Capistrano Valley. 

ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Sociology in December 2012 (he is interested in law enforcement as a career after college).  He was an Honor Roll member every semester at Capistrano Valley. 

PERSONAL—He was born July 19, 1990 in Huntington Beach, Calif.  His older sister, Amber, played volleyball at Saddleback and earned the college’s top female student-athlete award during the 2008-09 school year and is currently playing volleyball at Cal State-Fullerton.  His younger sister, Crystal, plans to enroll at Saddleback and play volleyball next year.  His cousin, Ian Kennedy, played baseball at Southern California and was recently traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks from the New York Yankees, where he was the 21st overall selection in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft and made his major league debut on September 1, 2007.

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