Overview: Only Tiger in his fourth year as a starter...has started 30 games in the last three years...voted permanent defensive captain by his 2007 teammates...Second-Team All-ACC by AP/ACSMA, Rivals.com, and CollegeFootballNews.com in 2007...tied for eighth in Tiger history in career takeaways (12); he is just seven away from the record...second-most experienced secondary player on the team (1,855 snaps in 35 games)...has missed three games due to injury...opted to return for his senior year after considering turning pro...has seen his tackle total rise each year from 55 to 64 to 97...has had at least two interceptions each season...has 132 interception return yards...has a combined 29 tackles in the last two bowl games, including 15 in the 2006 Music City Bowl and 14 in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl...has 20 passes defended in his career to lead all active Tigers...fourth among active ACC players in career tackles (216) and third in career interceptions (8)...named to the academic honor roll for the 2008 spring semester...#8 safety in the nation by Lindy's...second-team All-American and #2 strong safety in the nation by Phil Steele...third-team preseason All-American by Sporting News...first-team preseason All-ACC by Athlon and Lindy's...#45 senior in the nation by Lindy's...has a 37.5" vertical jump, tied for seventh-best on the team...his father, who played at Lamar High School (Timmonsville High's rival), holds the state record for interceptions in a game (5)...he and his brothers followed in their father's footsteps and all play defensive back...both of his brothers (Markee, Marquais) play for S.C. State and will play at Clemson in 2008...the Clemson vs. S.C. State game will mark the first time since 1981 that two brothers will play against each other in a Clemson game; the Richardsons (Jon (North Carolina), Mark (Clemson)) played against each other at Chapel Hill in 1981...received his degree from Clemson in May, 2008.
2007: Had four interceptions and six pass breakups...tied for 24th in the ACC in tackles per game, including fifth among defensive backs...tied for seventh in the ACC in interceptions (4), one less than his brother Markee had at S.C. State; they had a personal dual; Markee tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions per game in FCS...second on the team in tackles (97)...won the coaches defensive player-of-the-game award against Georgia Tech and Central Michigan...intercepted a two-point conversion pass and returned it over 100 yards for two points at N.C. State, the first defensive score off an opponent's extra point in Tiger history...had an interception in three consecutive games (Furman, N.C. State, Georgia Tech)...had two pass breakups against Furman, giving him three passes defended...all over the field against #18 Boston College and Matt Ryan, as he had 10 tackles...had 14 tackles in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against #21 Auburn, including 11 first hits, before leaving the game with an injury...had at least five tackles in every game...had six tackles against #19 Florida State...had eight stops at Maryland and nine at Duke...played at least 44 snaps in every game...his 787 snaps were most among Tiger defenders.
2006: Had a team-high 15 tackles in the Music City Bowl against Kentucky...had 64 tackles in 10 games, sixth-most on the team and fifth on a per-game basis...winner of the Ironman Award for the defense...missed three games with a broken foot suffered in the fourth quarter at Boston College; he missed the Florida State, North Carolina, and Louisiana Tech games...came back to start at Wake Forest; he had three tackles in 57 snaps; his return was instrumental in Clemson securing a 10-point win over the eventual ACC Champion...had 10 tackles against South Carolina...had nine tackles, a tackle for loss, and 16-yard interception return against Maryland...had a 74-yard interception return against Florida Atlantic...tied for sixth in the ACC in recovered fumbles per game; he had two in 10 games...tied for the team lead in takeaways (4); he had two in the first game of the year when he had a recovered fumble and interception...defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches against Florida Atlantic.
2005: Had two tackles and a team-best two pass breakups in the Champs Sports Bowl against Colorado...had two interceptions for 42 yards...in his first career start, he had eight tackles at N.C. State...had an 11-yard interception return against #16 Florida State...had seven tackles against #13 Miami (FL); he helped limit it to 109 passing yards in regulation...first Tiger freshman to start in the secondary over the course of a season since Justin Miller (2002).
Before Clemson: Finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...#11 safety in the nation by Tom Lemming...state defensive player-of-the-Year by High School Sports Report...all-state as a junior and senior...Shrine Bowl selection...#26 safety in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...A Player-of-the-Year as a junior and senior...all-region each of his last three years...all-state in all classifications as a senior...had 23 career interceptions, including a team-high four as a senior...member of the state championship baseball team as a junior...all-region in football, basketball, and baseball...threw three passes as a senior and two were touchdowns, including one to his brother in the state title game...had 20 catches for 290 yards and four scores...had 148 punt return yards and 179 kickoff return yards...from the same school that sent Tiger All-American Levon Kirkland to Clemson...BETA Club and FCA member...coached by J.R. Boyd...born Nov. 21, 1985...graduated in May, 2008 with a degree in management.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide