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Nick Richardson ready to do things with UK football to make him proud

Richardson_NickBy KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun

Nick Richardson has spent his entire life trying to make others proud. Now it’s his turn to make his parents and himself proud.

“Everything I have done so far has been for everybody else,” he said. “It’s just time to do stuff for me, my parents and make them proud.”

Since arriving at Kentucky, Richardson, a highly-touted freshman, has added more pounds to his 6-foot-4 structure. Richardson said his goal has been to “gain some good weight)” and “help this team out as much as I can.”

“It’s been going good,” he said. “It’s been good to get here and put on some weight — some good weight. It’s definitely a chance from high school, where I was the biggest (offensive lineman). All the guys are good guys and they all have helped me a lot. Last year was disappointing but everyone’s attitude is way better than last year.”

Richardson, an offensive lineman and graduate of Westerville Central High School in Ohio, turned down offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and West Virginia to play at Kentucky. Richardson was a four-star performer in high school and named first team Division I All-Ohio by the Associated Press following a stellar senior season.

“The coaching staff here is great, I love it here and it’s close to home,” he said. “I feel comfortable here. I’ve learned a lot from the older guys. You have to get all of your stuff done and time management is a big thing.”

Richardson said the difference between high school and college “has been the structure of everything.”

“It’s more (about) nutrition and more weight room focus,” he said.

Richardson’s athletic traits can be traced to his family. His father Clete played football at Heidelberg University, while his mother Connie played on the women’s basketball team at Heidelberg.

“I like to think (they played a big part in my athletic abilities),” Richardson said. “My mom was a really good basketball player and my dad was a pretty good football player, too. They both pushed me pretty hard academically and athletically.”

While at home, Richardson likes to take his dog Mischa for long walks in the woods. Richardson said the time with nature helps relieve the stress of every day life and helps clear his mind.

“I love to spend time with my dog and it helps me to get away from everyone,” he said. “I just love to hang out with nature. It’s peaceful and it’s nice to get away sometimes and gets my mind off everything. She’s my first dog and I love her a lot. She’s been fun.”

Richardson knows Kentucky’s program has struggled during the past two seasons, but likes the direction the program is headed under second-year coach Mark Stoops.

“It’s going to be definitely a lot better than last year,” he said. “Obviously the goals are going to be a lot higher, so hopefully we can (produce) on the field.”

Richardson doesn’t have a favorite in the race for the starting job at quarterback. Drew Barker, Reese Phillips and Patrick Towles are competing for the job as fall camp progresses. The Kentucky coaching staff could name a starter as early as this week.

“They’re all pretty good,” he said.

Richardson’s goal is to help as much as he can in his first season with the Wildcats.

“I want to contribute as much as I can,” he said. “If that means playing, that means playing. If not, I’ll be the best I can on the scout team and I’ll be the best I can to get in as many reps as I can.”

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  1. Todd

    Is Richardson going to play Tackle? He has great feet but it wouldn’t surprise me since he’s not as big or long for him to play Center, I know a lot of people say Stallings will play Center but with his size it wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t start at Center but end up at Guard.

  2. Anonymous

    Great article on Richardson. He seems like a quality young man and very focused. He will be a big help to the Oline. I am glad UK is bringing in quality lineman.

  3. Andy

    Nick, I hope you spend lots of time with Jordan Swindle and become the next baddest dude on the Oline!!

  4. Ira

    Todd everything I’ve been reading is Stallings will be playing Center, but is smart enough to play multi positions if needed. Gotta like a guy like that.

    1. Larry Pup

      I thought Jon Toth was the center. Is he hurt? I had not heard to much about Stallings, but his size is impressive.

      1. larryvaught

        Toth is the starter, STallings could be the backup

    2. larryvaught

      Ira, you are right. STallings could play bunch of spots

  5. jimharris

    Nick is a great young man from up here in my neck of the woods, Columbus suburbs–sorta. Glad to see him get some attention. He will get it on the field too before he’s done at UK.

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