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Richard Newsome
Richard Newsome

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fostoria, Ohio

High School:
Fostoria

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 198

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
12/06/1977

Experience:
3L


Playmaker moves into his second season as the starting free safety . . . preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's . . .

AS A JUNIOR: Shard the Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved player with defensive end Nick Myers, offensive tackle Siitupe Peko and offensive guard Dave Sucura . . . started all 12 games at free safety in 1999 and led the team in minutes played with 375.5 . . . finished second on the team in tackles with 92 (54 solos, 38 assists), including two for losses (3 yards) . . . had nine pass break-ups . . . had eight tackles (4-4) and a pass break-up vs. Florida in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl . . . reached double figures in tackles three times in '99, including a career-high 17 stops (10-7) vs. Wisconsin . . . credited with 11 tackles (8-3) vs. Purdue . . . had 10 tackles (6-4) in the season opener vs. Oregon . . . his first career interception came in the third quarter vs. Ohio State . . . also recorded eight tackles (3-5) against the Buckeyes and shared Spartan Defensive Player of the Week honors with Hubert Thompson . . . recorded eight tackles (7 solos, 1 assist) and two pass break-ups in the '99 spring game to earn defensive MVP honors for the White team . . .

AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 1998 and played 173 minutes . . . credited with 16 tackles (11 solos, 5 assists), including three for losses (8 yards) . . . had three pass break-ups vs. Illinois . . . recorded three solo hits vs. Ohio State, including one behind the line of scrimmage (2 yards) . . . earned his first collegiate start at boundary corner vs. Indiana and produced a career-high six tackles (3-3), including one for a loss (5 yards) . . . played a career-high 38 minutes vs. Indiana . . . returned a punt, blocked by Sean Banks, 25 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter vs. Notre Dame . . .

AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman in 1997 . . . recorded 21 tackles (14 solos, 7 assists) and broke up two passes . . . had four tackles each vs. Penn State (2-2), Indiana (3-1) and Memphis (3-1) . . . registered a season-high five stops (4-1) vs. Notre Dame . . . selected Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame, (2 solo tackles, 7 production points) . . . played a season-high 29 snaps in the '97 opener vs. Western Michigan . . .

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: . . . Two-time All-Ohio, All-Northwest Ohio and all-league pick at Fostoria High School . . . played in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 and Ohio North-South all-star games . . . had six tackles and a goal-line interception in the Big 33 All-Star Game . . . three-year starter played cornerback and free safety for Coach Rich Kill . . . picked off four passes as a senior in 1996 and returned one 40 yarder for a touchdown . . . returned a fumble 33 yards for a score . . . also returned a punt 74 yards and a kickoff 89 yards for TDs in '96 . . . intercepted four passes as a junior . . . three-year starter at shooting guard on the Fostoria basketball team . . . honorable mention all-state selection as a senior after averaging nearly 20 points . . . born Dec. 6, 1977 . . . majoring in parks, recreation and tourism.

Newsome's Career Statistics

Year G/GS UT AT TM TFL-Yds. Sacks INT-Yds. PBU
1997 12/0 14 7 21 0-0 0-0 0-0 1
1998 12/1 11 5 16 3-8 0-0 0-0 3
1999 12/12 54 38 92 2-3 1-2 1-6 9
Career 36/13 79 50 129 5-11 1-2 1-6 13

Newsome's Career Highs

Tackles: 17, at Wisconsin 1999
Tackles: 5, three times (last vs. Wisconsin, 1999)
Tackles for Losses: 2, vs. Purdue (1999)
Sacks: 1, two times (last vs. Purdue, 1999)

Newsome's Game-By-Game Statistics

1997

Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks
Western Michigan 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
Memphis 3 1 4 0-0 0-0
Notre Dame 4 1 5 0-0 0-0
Minnesota 1 0 1 0-0 0-0
Indiana 3 1 4 0-0 0-0
Northwestern 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Michigan 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Ohio State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Purdue 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Illinois 1 1 2 0-0 0-0
Penn State 2 2 4 0-0 0-0
Washington 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Totals 14 7 21 0-0 0-0

1998

Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks
Colorado State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Oregon 2 0 2 0-0 0-0
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Michigan 1 1 2 0-0 0-0
Central Michigan 2 0 2 1-1 0-0
Indiana 3 3 6 1-5 0-0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Northwestern 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Ohio State 3 0 3 1-2 0-0
Purdue 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
Illinois 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Penn State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Totals 11 5 16 3-8 0-0

1999

Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks
Oregon 6 4 10 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
Notre Dame 5 4 9 0-0 0-0
Illinois 5 2 7 0-0 0-0
Iowa 2 2 4 0-0 0-0
Michigan 5 2 7 0-0 0-0
Purdue 8 3 11 0-0 0-0
Wisconsin 10 7 17 0-0 0-0
Ohio State 3 5 8 1-2 1-2
Northwestern 2 1 3 0-0 0-0
Penn State 4 3 7 0-0 0-0
Florida 4 4 8 1-1 0-0
Totals 54 38 92 2-3 1-2