Richardson, who stands 6-6 and weighs in at 340 pounds, is a main man on the offensive line for the country’s highest-scoring offense (56.8 points a game). Baylor also leads the country in total offense. Although Richardson & Co. were slowed down last weekend by an aggressive, swarming Oklahoma State defense, the Bears still rank No. 1 in the nation in total offense, averaging almost 662 yards per outing.
Some football writers have described Richardson as a “dominating drive blocker.” A senior offensive guard from Ft. Worth, Texas, Richardson helps protect quarterback Bryce Petty, who has the highest passing efficiency in the Big 12 and has completed over 60 percent of his passes this season, and is a primary blocker for the Baylor running game, which is averaging 280 yards a game.
Baylor is off to its best start in the Big 12 era, winning its first nine games and owning a 9-1 overall record. Two more conference wins will earn the Bears no worse than a share of the Big 12 title.
The other two Outland finalists are Jake Matthews, an offensive tackle for Texas A&M, and Aaron Donaki, a defensive tackle for the University of Pittsburgh.
This is the 68th year for the Outland Trophy, which is the third oldest individual award in college football behind the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot College Awards show on ESPN.