"Up Close" with DeAndre Richardson
DeAndre Richardson hasn’t played in a game yet for the Owls, but that hasn’t hidden the potential he has. Redshirting his freshman season, Richardson entered spring practice with something to prove. With the loss of wide receivers Chris Bonner and Cortez Gent to graduation, Richardson had an opportunity to get quality repetitions in practice, and looked talented all spring, by using his 6’3” 180 pound frame to become a vertical threat for the offense. Richardson enters the season behind Lester Jean at the X-wide receiver position, but that shouldn’t keep him off the field as he has shown some play making capability in practice and workouts.
Playing high school football at Bay High School in Panama City, Florida, Richardson also ran track and played on the basketball team. Earning All-County and All-District honors in football, Richardson also impressed in the classroom with his membership in the National Honors Society and Beta club.
Richardson recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.
What is your favorite food?
What is your pet peeve?
“People talking loud when I’m trying to relax.”
Who is your current off the field role model?
“I try to be a follower myself, but I would have to say God, because I thank him for everything he has given me.”
What are you most proud of?
“Making it to college on a scholarship. In my childhood days this is what I had always wanted to do, but I wasn’t really raised in the
right neighborhood, so I continued to be a leader and not a follower.”
What is your major?
“Undecided. I’m thinking about Accounting or Mechanical Engineering. I’m taking classes in both to help me choose this Fall.”
What is your Faith?
“Christian. I go to church on Sundays, and Mondays when I can.”
Line of scrimmage
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
“Going out there and being mentally ready. Physically I can go out there and be ready just because I love playing the sport, but I don’t
have any experience at the college level. Being mentally ready is the main aspect.”
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
“Breaking down at the top of the route and getting the right leverage.”
Down the field
Besides football, what brought you to FAU?
“The environment. I was on I-95 and I saw the palm trees, then I took a tour of the school, and I realized I like this.”
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
“Help the team in any way that I can to win. Anything I can do to help us make history.”
What game are you looking forward to the most next season?
“The big four games: Texas, Michigan State, South Florida and Troy.”
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
“The only thing I really do in my free time is sleep, because we wake up so early to work out and I then have class, so I try to sleep as much I can.”
Coming up, our next player likes to bowl and claims a high score of 220.