Andrew Richards is a student of the game. In Texas, after high school football games, he would rush home and pop in a tape of the night's game.
He wouldn't wait until the team watched the film, because he wanted to get a step up in preparation. Richards, who plays, wide receiver always wanted to see what the quarterback was reading and what progressions he was making in the offense. He said it was important to understand while running his routes.
"I would be watching film right after the game," Richards said. Richards sat and watched the K-State Purple and White spring game earlier this spring. Richards, an incoming freshman at K-State, was excited by what he saw.
He liked the fact that fans were tailgating hours before the game kicked off. He liked the environment in Manhattan, Kan. He liked being around the program and other K-State recruits.
He met with his position coach and discussed his playing situation for the upcoming year. He isn't sure whether or not he will redshirt this season. He said the decision depends on how quickly he is able to pick up the scheme on offense and adjust to college life.
He feels like he is physically ready to play at K-State, but doesn't have a preference on whether or not he plays as a true freshman.
"Not really, I would love to play early, but redshirting is not bad either," he said. "If I do go out there, don't want to make a bunch of mistakes but I would love to be on field and TV next year."
Richards enters K-State after a successful high school football career. He helped Keller High School to an 8-3 record in 2004 and a berth in the Texas state playoff.
Last season, Richards had 41 receptions for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. He returned an interception 100 yards for a score on defense. He erarned first team honors as a defensive back and second team accolades as a receiver in District 5-5A.
Now, Richards is preparing to make the next step. He expects, with his size, currently 6-3, 200 pounds, to play outside wide receiver.
"I think that is more ideal for me with my size," Richards said. With his size, Richards said he used to be a big Randy Moss fan during the Raiders' wide receivers rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings. Since, then Richards said he doesn't like the wide receiver as much because of his on and off the field antics. Richards said he tries to be a good role model when playing the game.
"Oh yeah, I just try to go out there and have fun," he said. "I talk it up a little bit. I try to go out and have fun."
He said that is one of the things that attracted him to K-State. "Those coaches seem to have fun, but they also like winning," he said. "They are about fun and building up the person."
Richards said he runs routes really well. He has a good first step on routes. Currently, the post corner is his best move, he said.
"I think the first move toward the post, I give a good move toward and I can beat somebody pretty bad," he said. Richards regardless of whether he redshirts this season or not, hopes to have a successful career at K-State. He wants to be an all Big 12 Conference wide reciever and graduate with honors. He said that he would like for people to recognize him as a person who contributed during his time at K-State.
Now, Richards is preparing to report to Manhattan on June 1. He has been working out four days a week on a program that K-State coaches sent him.
"I can't wait to get up there," he said.
He isn't sure who is rooming with yet, but is ready
for the experience to begin.
Away from football, Richards said he enjoys playing
video games. He always plays NCAA football and is
K-State. He listens to music and his tastes run the
gamut of the industry. He plans to study history at
K-State. I am at home playing video games, listening
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