Hatts profiles SMU defensive back Horace Richardson in the latest Pony Stampede 2015 player profile.
Position: Defensive Back
Size: 6-0, 202
High School: Everman HS
Hometown: Everman, Texas
Horace Richardson was a two-star Scout.com recruit coming out of high school that played cornerback, running back and receiver. Richardson ran for 443 yards and five touchdowns out of the backfield and also had five receiving touchdowns. The versatile cornerback also spent time returning kicks, averaging 29.5 yards per return. Richardson picked SMU after receiving interest from Houston, TCU and Texas Tech.
After missing the first three games of last season, Richardson returned to have an up and down season for the Mustangs. Richardson was in and out of practice; he was still able to have 27 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Most of those statistics came in two solid games including a six tackle and one interception performance against UCF while contributing three tackles and an interception in SMU’s lone win of the year over Connecticut. Despite these two good games, Richardson, as well as, everyone else in the secondary was not immune to giving up his share of big plays, many of those for touchdowns.
Outlook in 2015
It’s no secret that SMU will be looking to guys like Richardson to step it up next year. Richardson made a big leap from his freshman year to sophomore year, and the staff will be looking for a similar sort of jump this year. SMU had a couple of players graduate and will need Richardson to provide leadership for this team and start to force some more turnovers. Richardson and the rest of this team showed the last game of the year, when they can force multiple turnovers a game, this team does has a good chance of winning. However, this defense only let up less than 35 points twice last season and a lot of this was due to them giving up some backbreaking big plays. There’s no doubt, the defense spent too long on the season last year but one way they could help avoid that is with guys like Richardson forcing a couple more turnovers a game to give their offense some attacking field position. Another area Richardson also needs to continue to develop in is his tackling. The 6-0, 200-pound cornerback made a couple of nice stops in the run game but really needs to help in the run game even more.