Richardson Recharged And Ready To Roll

Missouri Tigers DT Sheldon Richardson talks about how he and his teammates used the bye week to prepare to finish strong the rest of the way, starting with this week's game against Kentucky.

As Missouri comes out of their bye week and continues to prepare for Kentucky, spoke with junior DT Sheldon Richardson, who currently leads SEC interior linemen with 52 tackles.


Richardson's 52 tackles, 7 QB hurries, and 4 QB sacks also leads Missouri in each of those defensive categories.  Richardson talked about coming out of the bye week.

"I relaxed (and) rehabilitated.   I'm feeling pretty good,"  said Richardson, talking about feeling refreshed and enthusiastic after the week off.  "For the most part, I'm pretty sure the whole conference is beat up.  I mean, it's a brutal conference, and it's hard on your body."

Richardson said that the team practiced well over the weekend.

"Guys were flying around,"  said Richardson.  "It felt like we were back out there for the first game of the season.  Guys had fresh legs out there, and it looked pretty decent."

"Guys are feeling pretty good,"  continued Richardson.   "Guys are glad to get their legs back underneath them, and they're ready to get back out there and get a win."

Richardson admitted that he's taken on a "tad bit" of leadership, particularly with regard to getting guys fired up.

"Some guys come out there and they play hard,"  explained Richardson.  "Some guys step up when they need to step up."

Richardson said that the bye week has allowed him to look at Kentucky "a lot".

"(Kentucky's) a nice running team,"   said Richardson.   "They're trusting their running backs right now quite a bit.   They have a couple of quarterbacks hurt, so they're running the ball a lot, and they're a pretty decent running team."

"Their quarterbacks run, too,"   continued Richardson.  "They've got a couple of quarterbacks, and the one guy is pretty big, so we've got to bring him down."

Richardson concluded by saying that there's nowhere for the Tigers to go but up.

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