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David Richard
David Richard

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Hazelwood East

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
08/05/1983

Experience:
HS


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to USA Today?s All-USA Team . . . SuperPrep, PrepStar and Student Sports Magazine All-American . . . ranked among the nation?s top prospects by ESPN.com?s Tom Lemming (No. 29), TheInsiders.com (No. 48), Rivals100.com (No. 63) and The Sporting News (No. 67) . . . listed among the Midland?s top 10 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 7) . . . rated among the nation?s top running backs by Student Sports Magazine (No. 7), TheInsiders.com (No. 9) and SuperPrep (No. 14) . . . ranked among the country?s top fullbacks by USA Today?s Max Emfinger (No. 1) and Rivals100.com (No. 2) . . . even considered among the nation?s top five linebackers by ESPN.com?s Tom Lemming (No. 4) . . . invited to play in the 2002 U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl in San Antonio . . . selected Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year . . . Class 5A all-state linebacker earned St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis American Metro Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2001 . . . recorded 87 tackles, including three sacks, as a senior . . . also had three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and six pass break-ups . . . anchored a Spartan defensive unit that posted seven shutouts in 2001 . . . rushed for 1,009 yards (117 carries) and 12 touchdowns as a senior while helping Hazelwood East High School (13-1 record) advance to the state championship game . . . turned in his best all-around performance in 2001 vs. Christian Brothers College when he accounted for 220 all-purpose yards (150 rushing, 70 receiving), scored twice and produced 11 tackles . . . gained 1,028 yards and scored 22 rushing TDs as a junior . . . had 56 tackles, including two sacks, and caused three fumbles in 2000 . . . produced 1,500 yards and 18 rushing TDs as a sophomore . . . rushed for a career-high 178 yards and two TDs vs. Riverview Gardens in 1999 . . . started at defensive end as a freshman, registering a season-high 11 stops vs. Ritenour, including three sacks . . . scored at least one touchdown in a school-record 36 consecutive games . . . set Hazelwood East career records for rushing yards (4,000-plus) and TDs scored (60-plus) . . . four-year starter for Coach Corey Johnson . . . helped Hazelwood East to a combined record of 38-5 (.884) . . . became the first four-year starter in Spartan football history and the first underclassman ever voted team captain . . . first-team all-conference basketball player averaged 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds from his small forward position in 2000-01 . . . also lettered in track . . . born Aug. 5, 1983 . . . runs 4.5 in the 40.

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