Richards received the All-America honor following a year in which he broke the 31-year-old Miami rookie receiving record set by Michael Irvin with 934 yards.
His receiving total was the sixth-most in a single season by any Hurricane ever. He finished the season with 49 catches - second-most on the team - and three touchdowns, including a career-long 77-yard score against Virginia on Nov. 12.
Richards’ freshman All-America honor is the seventh he has received this year. The Wellington, Fla., native also earned All-ACC second-team honors from (ACSMA) and third-team honors from ACC coaches.
The Hurricanes finished the season with a 9-4 overall record and a 5-3 mark in ACC play. Miami closed the year with a 31-14 win over West Virginia in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.
Richards played a key role for the Hurricanes in their win over West Virginia as he caught three passes for a game-high 68 yards. His first reception of the night went for a 51-yard touchdown, which gave the Hurricanes their first score of the game.
The 12-person panel of nationally-prominent writers represented each of the FBS conferences along with independents in the selecting the team.
Both true freshmen (20 players) and redshirt freshmen (14 players) were considered for the team.