Richardson Pursuing Dream

Oak Grove kicker Cole Richardson used to imagine what it would be like to attempt a game winning field goal at Scott field. If things go well, the invited walk-on may get his chance to find out. (2006 season video included)

Cole Richardson Profile

Richardson received interest from several colleges. Cole took official visits to Millsaps and Southern Miss before deciding to take Mississippi State up on their offer to walk on as a placekicker.

"I had been looked at by some smaller colleges, but I felt that it would be better for me to go to Mississippi State," said Cole. "I have always wanted to go to Mississippi State. They invited me to walk-on, so that's where I am going."

Richardson was recruited by the Bulldogs and will be treated as an invited walk-on.

"I like it there and I like the coaches," said Cole. "They told me that I would get a chance whenever my time came. I just like the way they were talking and I felt it was a good opportunity."

With Eric Richards signing on Wednesday, the Bulldogs appear to be bringing in two of the best kicking specialists in the state of Mississippi. Richards was named All-State as a punter and is one of the most consistent kickoff specialists in the state.

"I am more of a field goal guy," said Cole. "I kicked off in high school because I was a little better at it than our punter. I specialize more in field goal kicking, but I can do both. I met Eric (Richards) at the Ray Guy camp. He has a real powerful leg. He really has some pop in it."

For Cole the chance to wear the Maroon and White is a dream come true.

"My dad went to State and we have relatives that went to State, so I have always been around Mississippi State stuff," said Cole. "I have made a few visits up there and I have just always liked it there. I enjoy the gameday atmosphere up there. I am looking forward to being a part of it all."

Richardson tabs Scott Westerfield as his favorite Bulldog kicker due to Scott's ability to make kicks in the clutch.

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