Pony Stampede Spring Practice Report: Day 2

Pony Stampede will be at every SMU spring practice over the next month. Come inside for a recap of Day 2!

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Q&A with CB J.R. Richardson

B: It's your first time getting on the field since the injury. How does it feel to be back out there on the field with your teammates?

JR: It feels good. It feels different because I have a knee brace on now so I'm still trying to get used to the cutting and running, but it feels pretty good.

B: Give us an assessment on how the knee feels and how close to 100 percent you are?

JR: To be an honest with you, the knee doesn't hurt at all. It's really my ankle that's bothering me. I can't really cut on it the way I want to but as far as the knee, I don't feel any pain.

B: So much about recovering from these injuries is confidence. How confident are you when cutting and turning and running things like that?

JR: I'd say I'm about 90 percent confident. Some things I'm just scared to do due to the fact that I don't want to hurt myself anymore but other than that, I just kind of go all out.

B: If we can take a second to go back in time to the play, you went down near the sideline and to the naked eye, one could see that you were hurt, but you still got up for the next play. Did you know it was as bad as it was? What was going on in your mind at that moment?

JR: I kind of already had a feeling I tore my ACL because my leg buckled in and I kind of associated that with having an ACL tear so I pretty much already knew what the deal was.

B: Last fall you were having an incredible camp before you went down and you were projected as the starter. What about your game makes you one of the best corners on the team and how good do you think you can be this year?

JR: What makes me feel like I'm one of the best corners on the team is of course I have speed, I'm tenacious at times, I'm very aggressive and I make good breaks on the ball so I'm hoping to come back and help out with that.

B: Last year many people said that you and Acker could be a deadly duo in the secondary. Right no, he's on offense but what are your thoughts on him and what he means to the secondary?

JR: Yeah he's coming back to the defense they just moved him over to give some other players more reps, but we'll definitely need him to come back to the defense.

B: Speaking about some of those other young players, talk a little bit about the youth that you all have back there at corner. What type of talent are you seeing from the guys behind you?

JR: Them boys are good. I have to watch my back to be honest with you because those boys can play. Horace (Richardson) is good. He's fast… as fast as me. (Ajee) Montes is smart. He's a real smart kid.

B: As a team who really struggled last year on pass defense, how do you plan on helping to turn that around?

JR: I really don't know. I just want to do whatever I possibly can to help the team out. I'll play safety, which I probably won't play safety, but I'll get in at nickel. I'll try to get in at corner and get my spot back, really however they use me.

B: Did you lose any weight last year?

JR: I dropped from 192 to about 168. I lost a lot of weight. I was depressed a lot. But I'm back at 187 now so I should be getting there pretty soon.

B: So much about being a corner is having confidence… you got your confidence up?

JR: Man I never lost it!

B: Tell wide receivers what they can expect when they visit ‘Richardson Island' next year?

JR: Haha! They can expect not to get off the line of scrimmage and they can expect the ball in the air to come down in my hands.

Practice Notes

- Neal Burcham had some trouble with the snap count as well as handling some of the snaps and hand-offs

- Jared Williams looked back to 100 percent after sitting out all of last season

- Jeremy Johnson looked faster, which could make him an even more dangerous weapon this season

- Great rotation at running back. Saw a little bit of everybody. Rishaad Wimbley looked much faster, Luke Seeker didn't look as good as I thought, Prescott Line got some touches, and K.C. Nlemchi looks better than I've ever seen him. Still, the job is Traylon Shead's.

- Kyle Guinyard looked very good in the slot and may surprise some people

- Christian Holloway did not participate but stood near the offensive linemen and observed

- Seaver Myers worked at both left and right tackle

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