When you read our team-by-team reviews from the ACC this spring, a theme for the season quickly will make itself known: For the most part, ACC teams have quarterback issues. Even successful programs like Virginia Tech have questions at the position, as Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon will battle for...[details]
Personal: Started the last eight games after playing in the first three...played just seven snaps against Wake Forest, then played 12 against Georgia Tech...played 38 snaps at Texas A&M, including all of the second half, then began starting at Florida State and started the rest of the year...played 49 snaps at Virginia, more than any other Tiger offensive lineman, and graded 77 percent; played at least 44 snaps in every game the rest of the year...had a standout game at #10 Miami (FL) when he helped Clemson to the win; had a 78-percent grade on 59 plays and had a season-high six knockdown blocks, more than any other Tiger offensive lineman in that game...had a solid game against South Carolina with an 81-percent grade on 49 plays...graded at least 75 percent in all eight starts, including a season-high 82 percent against Utah State...had 19 knockdown blocks on the year, most on record for a Tiger first-year freshman since 1975...one of the reasons Clemson won five of the last six games...first Clemson first-year freshman offensive lineman to be considered a starter over the course of the season...his eight starts were most in history by a Clemson first-year freshman offensive lineman...first Tiger first-year freshman to start more than one game over the course of a season since Joe Bostic in 1975.
Before Clemson: Outstanding student-athlete who graduated from high school in only three years, the first Tiger football signee ever to do that...a three-year starter at Wando High...had an 85-percent grade, 15 knockdowns, and 16 pancake blocks as a senior...three-year starter on the offensive line...can squat over 500 pounds...played for Bob Hayes...born Barry D. Richardson on May 15, 1986...majoring in Health Science.
The Good: Richardson has the size and strength necessary for the position and can be a strong run blocker when he uses proper leverage. He is an intelligent player, which should help him pick up complex offensive schemes.
The Bad: He has been plagued by inconsistency over the course of his career. He bends at the waist instead of the knees, negating his powerful frame and making it difficult to adjust and redirect in space. He plays with a narrow base that makes it difficult to adjust if he does not get his hands on an opponent early in the down. He needs to develop a better hand punch to gain a better advantage. In pass protection, he can struggle when asked to adjust and move in space.
This is special to Rivals.com from Frank Coyle. Coyle has written about the NFL Draft in his newsletter for more than...[Complete Bio]