NFLPA: Richard Crawford

FOXSportsNext caught up with former SMU cornerback standout Richard Crawford at the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he had a nice first day performance.

By and large many of the scouts on hand thought that SMU's Richard Crawford had the best day of all of the cornerbacks.

He feels the competition in Conference USA helped prepare him to lock down receivers in the NFL, when he does indeed get the chance to crack on to a roster.

"It go me real ready, with the speed," Crawford explained. "Playing in my conference I feel like I am ready for the speed and physicality of the game, so you know it is real fun out here and I am still learning. I have some things I still want to work on and get stronger at when I come out here tomorrow."

"When we did play really good teams like Texas A&M and Houston I had big games. Still, I was not consistently playing well and that is why I came to this all-star game to show that and hos I can translate to the next level."

Recently, SMU head coach June Jones is having to battle some negative press on the recruiting trail, do to the fact that he publicly announced his departure from SMU to take the head job at Arizona State to only later find out he did not get the job.

Crawford says that SMU fans should not worry, because they have a great coach and a great person in charge.

"I can honestly say I love that man," Crawford explained. "He did so much for me. He is just a very caring dude. I know things kinda mixed up over the whole ASU thing, but he was doing that for his family, but he does really care about all of his players. He is just a really good dude. That programs is going no where but up, its not going to go down."

"It (SMU) was a really great academic school, and I really loved the experience of getting a great education. Everything is real good at that school and I really enjoyed my time there."

One of's six National Recruiting Analysts and is responsible for the Midlands region. He has covered the National Championship, Big 12 Championship, U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Team USA vs. The World games. He has appeared on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Southwest and the NFL Network.
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