Player Profile: Darrion Richardson

Scott wraps up our player profile series with SMU DB Darrion Richardson, who is battling for a starting safety spot.

Darrion Richardson Player Profile

Position: Defensive Back

Size: 6-0, 195

Year: Sophomore

High School: American Heritage

Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida

Recruitment: Ranked by ESPN as a three-star and a two-star by Scout and Rivals, Darrion Richardson chose SMU over offers from Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State among others. As a junior at American Heritage, Richardson pulled down three interceptions despite being limited by injury.

2013 Recap: As a true freshman, Richardson was not expected to get any playing time. However, With Hayden Greenbauer's injury, Richardson was called into duty in the final six games. The true freshman wasn’t the most productive safety, but he did gain valuable playing experience.

Richardson also pulled down his first career interception and recorded his first tackle for loss against Connecticut.

2014 Outlook: With Jay Scott graduating, and the return of Greenbauer, Richardson and junior safety Shakiel Randolph are left to battle it out at the strong safety position.

Following the conclusion of spring practices, Randolph was penciled in as Greenbauer’s backup and Richardson was slated to start at strong safety, but that could easily change. Randolph has the play-making ability, athleticism and experience to start at strong safety, but that will all depend on how Richardson performs during fall camp.

Richardson is one of those players who isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder into someone, no matter how big he is, but that sometimes leads to him forgetting to wrap up. His aggressiveness also comes in handy when it comes to stopping the run.

Richardson will undoubtedly see an increase in playing time, but he may not be ready to step into a starting role just yet.

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