Spring top 12: Paul Richardson

There is no question Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson is one of the most talented offensive players on the Buffs roster heading into the 2011 season. He gave no reason to believe he won't improve on a stellar freshman year with his performance this spring. He checks in at No. 8 on our list of the top 12 spring performers in Boulder.

If the Colorado football team is successful in 2011 under first-year coach Jon Embree, it's likely that one reason will be that coaches found a way to get the ball in the hands of Paul Richardson often.

Richardson can be electric and is one of the fastest players on the roster. He has excellent hands and is developing as a route runner and blocker.

"If he continues to do those things that I'm asking, I think he can become an elite player," wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy said this spring.

Richardson is finding it challenging to keep weight on. He is a stringbean at 165 pounds. Whether that becomes an issue in staying healthy over 13 consecutive weeks of college football remains to be seen.

Richardson set freshmen records last season for receiving yards (514) and touchdown catches (six) and should eclipse both as a sophomore because he will be on the field more often after his breakout season. It's easy to forget that Richardson actually played sparingly in the first half of the season in 2010.

Richardson participated fully this spring and managed to stay healthy while senior Toney Clemons on the opposite side of the Buffs' offense did not.

Richardsonled the Buffs with four catches for 61 yards and a juggling touchdown catch in the spring game. He had 10 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the three main spring scrimmages combined.

Juggling TD catch from the spring game

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