BOULDER CO - NOVEMBER 13: Wide receiver Paul Richardson #80 of the Colorado Buffaloes eludes AJ Klein #47 of the Iowa State Cyclones as he makes a reception for a first down at Folsom Field on November 13 2010 in Boulder Colorado. Colorado defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Bad news for the Buffaloes today as we find out the injury that Richardson suffered in Monday's practice was a torn ACL that requires surgery. Oy gevalt.
"Obviously, it’s a blow to our team, but it’s a part of the game," head coach Jon Embree said. "It’s an opportunity for others to step up and try to lessen his loss. I thought at first he just rolled his ankle, and it turned out to be this. It’s a shame because he’s worked real hard and was doing a great job both on and off the field, leading by example and improving on all the things he needed to work on."
We had multiple quotes from coaches about how well Richardson was doing this offseason. And we were definitely going to rely on him this year as the most experienced receiver on the roster by a longshot.
Follow the jump for some more quotes (this is too serious for a joke)!
The only upside in this story is that he has a redshirt year available. But that is a pretty tough silver lining to accept. That leaves us incredibly green at receiver, with Keenan Canty and Tyler McCulloch as our leading returning pass-catchers. And the fact that Nelson Spruce went ahead and solidified himself as the #2 guy to Richardson means he's now the top guy going into the Summer. So in addition to breaking in a new QB and a new RB, we're breaking in all new wideouts as well.
Tough break, boys.
Richardson was CU's third leading receiver last year despite missing four games with a sprained knee with 39 receptions for 555 yards and five touchdowns. He set a school record with 284 yards in CU's 36-33 overtime loss to California, when he also tied the school mark for single game receptions with 11. In just two years at CU, the 6-1, 170-pounder from Gardena, Calif., is already 21st in all-time receiving yards (1,069), 25th all-time in receptions (73) and tied for ninth in touchdown receptions (9).
"I told him that when I played, a torn ACL was doomsday for a skill position player," Embree said. "Now, he'll be able to come back stronger and faster. He's obviously disappointed, but he is in great spirits about what happened and will make the most of his redshirt year available to him."