Figures to challenge Shawn Foster for the starting nod at split end . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in all 12 games in 1999 and played 126 minutes . . . made his first collegiate start vs. Wisconsin as Michigan State opened the game with three wide outs . . . had five catches for 91 yards (18.2 avg.) . . . his 18-yard reception kept a third-quarter drive alive vs. Florida in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl . . . caught a season-high two passes for 42 yards vs. Iowa . . . had one catch each vs. Penn State (6 yards) and Eastern Michigan (season-long 25-yarder) . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 1998 and played 127.5 minutes . . . ranked fifth on the team in receptions with 13 for 145 yards (11.2 avg.) . . . caught at least one pass in nine games . . . had a career-high four catches for 36 yards vs. Purdue . . . his 23-yard TD grab vs. top-ranked Ohio State sparked MSU's second-half comeback . . . caught two passes for 21 yards vs. Minnesota . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 12 games in 1997 . . . had nine receptions for 90 yards (10.0 avg.) . . . caught a season-high three passes for 42 yards vs. Washington in the Aloha Bowl, including a 21-yard TD strike from Bill Burke in the final seconds . . . also had three catches for 22 yards vs. Northwestern . . . played a season-high 31 snaps in the '97 season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . named White team's offensive MVP after catching five passes for 74 yards (14.8 avg.) in '97 spring game, including a 3-yard touchdown toss from Ralph Truitt . . .
1996 SEASON: Redshirted . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-year starter at wide receiver for Coach Phil Annarella at Warren (Ohio) Harding High School . . . first-team all-state selection as a senior . . . two-time All-Trumbull County pick . . . had 23 receptions for 540 yards (23.5 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 1995 . . . caught 15 passes for 480 yards (32.0 avg.) and six TDs as a junior to earn second-team all-state honors . . . three-year starter at forward in basketball . . . named second-team all-state after averaging 23.5 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as a senior . . . honorable mention all-state pick as a junior . . . born Sept. 28, 1978, in Warren, Ohio . . . majoring in communication.
Richardson's Career Statistics
Richardson's Career Highs
Catches: 4, vs. Purdue (1998)
Receiving Yards: 42, twice (last vs. Iowa, 1999)
TD Catches: 1, twice (last vs. Ohio State, 1998)