"If you don't want to get hit, you just run faster," Paul Richardson said.
Richardson must really want to avoid being hit because he generally appears to be in a different gear than almost every other player on the field on Saturdays.
Richardson is quickly making a name for himself in Boulder as a player opposing defenses have to be ready to stop. CU coaches are using him in a variety of ways making their best effort to get the ball in his hands.
"I'm finally learning all the plays," Richardson said. "So I've got the playbook down pat and now I just can't wait for my number to be called so I can make a play."
Richardson has played in every game so far this season making seven catches for 64 yards. He also has rushed three times for 17 yards. He's still looking for his first college touchdown.
"He's going to be a star," quarterback Tyler Hansen said. "He's going to be a great player. He made an amazing play today at practice that was unbelievable. He has all the tools to be something special at the next level and at this level. Hopefully he can mature and kind of grow as a player, but he has a lot of tools."
Richardson was a late addition to the team in the summer. Colorado coaches had recruited him during his junior and senior years of high school, but he ultimately chose to attend UCLA. In June, he was arrested for his part in a theft that really turned out to be more of a misunderstanding than a crime, but UCLA officials kicked him and several others off the team and he chose to come to Boulder.
After only a few days of fall camp, he began getting reps with the first-team offense and he hasn't looked back from there.
"I remember one day we were doing one-on-one drills and we did a fade route on the goal line and I jumped over a player, and ever since then I feel like I gained his trust," Richardson said of his relationship with Hansen. "So he started feeding me the ball more after that. he was just waiting on me to make a play just to show thathe could trust to throw the ball to me and I'll catch it."