Paul Richardson eager to get back on the field
CULVER CITY, Calif.-- Despite his Buffs suffering through a 3-10 season, Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson gave the fans in Boulder quite a bit to cheer for in 2011, highlighted by an 11-reception, 284-yard performance against Cal. A knee injury derailed him from having a total breakout year, but 2012 was shaping up to be the season that thrust Richardson squarely in the spotlight.
And then, on the final week of spring practice leading up to the 2012 season, the Los Angeles native suffered a torn ACL that would force him to miss the entire impending campaign. Things didn't go much better for his healthy teammates as the Buffs went just 1-11, costing former head coach Jon Embree his job and paving the way for Mike MacIntyre to take hold of the reins.
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But Richardson wasn't simply sitting idly by while his teammates toiled on the field -- the wide receiver worked hard to get back onto the field as soon as possible, rehabbing so well that there was some thought that he could come back during the 2012 season before the staff decided against it.
"It was definitely a humbling experience not being able to play with my teammates," Richardson said Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Sony Pictures Studios. "During the offseason I just tried to get stronger, faster and better to prepare for fall camp."
His grind was not lost on his new head coach.
"When I first got the job... I met with our trainer and talked about Paul," MacIntyre added. "Paul was relentless in getting well and getting back."