Richardson Angry After Last Week

CLEMSON – Barry Richardson is the epitome of what a gentle giant truly is. The Clemson offensive tackle stands a monstrous 6-foot-7 and weighs 345 pounds, but he is soft spoken and rarely gets rattled. If quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is considered calm and cool, then Richardson is borderline comatose and downright frigid.

It seems unusual that a giant of a being and someone who plays such a physical position could be so quiet. Even those with perfect hearing would be well served to sport a hearing aid and crank it up full blast in order to catch what Richardson says in his whispering voice.

But the massive Richardson has used that sense of ease to help make him one of the better young offensive linemen in the country. He never gets too emotional. He's generally as steady and even-keeled as they come.

"I don't like to (get emotional)," he said. "You get distracted if you do something out there. You can get worked up thinking about that one play if something goes wrong and it's your fault … so you just stay mad the whole time. So, I just try to keep it cool out there."

However, don't let Richardson's demeanor fool you. He is human, after all. He will showcase some emotion every once in a while, but it just takes a lot to bring it out.

Last week's game at Georgia Tech is a prime example of that very situation.

"I was just mad at the whole style of play and why we were getting penalties and stuff that just killed us out there," Richardson said. "It's something I'm not used to."

The sudden rash of turnovers and penalties by the Tigers that game pretty much had the entire team searching for answers as to why they suddenly happened.

"I'm at a loss from what's going on and what's different from this game than the first game," Richardson said. "That kind of ticked me off. …

"I was just mad at myself. I don't know why I was mad at myself about it. There's nothing I could do about it. It was just football."

Those don't sound like the words coming from somebody who should be in his first full year at college.

Richardson graduated from Wando High in Mt. Pleasant, a year early as a 17-year-old. Upon his arrival at Clemson, rather than red-shirting his first year as most freshmen do, the youthful Richardson found himself starting by the fourth game of the season against Florida State at left tackle, which is considered to be the most important because he protects the quarterback's blind spot.

He did his job extremely well. So well, in fact, that he garnered freshman All-American honors from several places, one of which was the Sporting News' ACC Freshman of the Year.

"It could be like a storybook or movie, almost," Richardson said. "It's unreal. A guy graduates early, I should have red-shirted last year, most people would have put me in that position, starts for a Division I team, wins some awards. Now I'm playing, winning more awards. …

"I'm proud of myself, and my family's always telling me how good I am and they're all proud of me. "It's a good feeling." Top Stories