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Boise State numerical roster countdown 2016: Day 28, A.J. Richardson

Just throw the ball up. He’ll get it

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We have four groups of seven days. That’s 28 days for the mathematicians out there. And since we have that many, let us talk about—A.J. Richardson

#28, A.J. Richardson, RS Sophomore, WR

Stats:

Height: 6’ 0”

Weight: 210 (+1)

High School: Narbonne High School, Lomita, CA

How'd he get to the Blue™?

Mr. A.J. Richardson did a good by choosing the Broncos over a bevy of suitors that wanted his services. At one point during the process, he was a California Golden Bears commit, but changed his mind after a coaching switch at Cal. His offer list also included (but not limited to) Duke, San Diego State, and Houston. His start to the Boise State chapter was put off a little bit (he had a knee injury to rehab and he grey-shirted) but he’s been on board ever since.

Nickname

“Hawk”

Whether I am suppose to, or not, I always think of A.J. Hawk formerly of the Green Bay Packers. Also, Richardson is a ballhawk on the offensive side, so it makes sense.

Look-a-like

NBA basketballer DeAndre Jordan

Career Highlights

His Boise State highlights are a bit limited. After redshirting the 2014 season, he finally made the field in 2015. He appeared in all 13 games for the Broncos and had 10 catches for 113 yards on the year. Last year Mr. Richardson also made the Mountain West All-Academic team in 2015. In high school he was named All-Marine League and an All-City selection. He was a Scout top ten receiver in the west.

2016 Prospectus

If there was ever a time to make his move it would be now. He saw the field last year and was a constant presence on the two-deep. While still on the “young” side of the roster, he has the opportunity to set himself up for next year. Since we have the benefit of a preliminary depth chart we get to see what to expect from the start of the season.

In Cedric Wilson’s first season with the Broncos he’s already established himself as the first X receiver, then it is A.J. Richardson right after that. The Broncos should have a decent (read: pretty good) offense this year with the ability of getting the receivers the ball and hopefully spreading the wealth. Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson will have “dibs” on first looks. Wilson will be right there, and then Richardson.

If Richardson’s 2015 season is the benchmark, then he will surpass it. Both in touches and in yards. Probably a touchdown, or two, for good measure. I know that injury, and really poor decision-making, is an ever prevalent thing, so Richardson could very well be in the starting lineup once or twice throughout the season.

Is he on Twitter?

Yes he is. And he REALLY is disappointed that you wore those shoes.

Completely made up fact

Over the past couple of summers Richardson has been working towards getting his certificate to become a Pirate.