ALL-BIG 12 CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
OUTLAND TROPHY CANDIDATE
Dominant, powerful, All-American offensive lineman, fifth-year senior... 2012 All-American (second-team AP, SI.com, CBSSports)... Big 12 Offensive Lineman of Year (by league coaches)... Two-time All-Big 12 honoree... Veteran third-year starter with 38 career games played (sixth-most on squad) and 29 career starts (second-most on team) entering 2013 season... Played one season at tackle (2011)... Has benched 400 pounds and recorded 32 reps on 225-pound bench... Has squatted 665 pounds (highest on team)... Former Hurrican Katrina refugee.
2012 (Junior): Starter in 12 games as junior, played all 13... Earned All-America honors (second team: AP, SI.com, CBSSports; third team: Phil Steele) and unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection... Selected 2012 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of Year by league coaches... Star of offensive line that led Big 12 in rushing (231.7 ypg) and finished second nationally in total offense (572.2 ypg)... Posted team-best average coaches grade of 89.8 percent and team-high 105 knockdowns on season... Graded out at 90 percent or higher in each of final six games (reached 90 percent-plus grade and 9-plus knockdowns in final five games)... Led team in knockdowns in 10 of 13 games... Graded 90 percent and had six knockdowns in season-opening win over SMU... Recorded season-high 94 percent coaches grade (tied for top mark among linemen for season) and had team-high eight knockdowns in win over Sam Houston State in second game... Team-high nine knockdowns and 89 percent grade in win at ULM in third game... Led team in both coaches grade (89 percent) and knockdowns (nine) vs. TCU in fifth game... Made team-high eight knockdowns and graded 87 percent at UT in sixth game... Team-best nine knockdowns and grade of 86 percent at Iowa State in seventh game... Team-high 91 percent grade and five knockdowns in non-start win over Kansas in eighth game... Team-high eight knockdowns and 90 percent grade at No. 14 Oklahoma in ninth game... Led team with season-high 10 knockdowns as well as 92 percent grade in historic upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game, team rushed for season-high 342 yards... Totaled team-best nine knockdowns and 91 percent grade in win over Texas Tech in 11th game... Equaled season-high of 10 knockdowns and graded 90 percent in win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game... Led team with nine knockdowns and earned 91 percent grade in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA... Listed on preseason watch lists for Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy... Returned to guard position during spring 2012.
2011 (Sophomore): Started all 13 games at left tackle, one of nine players to start every game... Named honorable-mention All-Big 12 by league coaches... Ranked third on team with 70 total knockdowns... Averaged 80.8 percent coaches' grade for season... Graded 81 percent or higher in 10 of 13 games... Recorded at least five knockdowns in 10 of 13 games... Guarded quarterback's blind side on offensive line that ranked second nationally in total offense (587.1), fourth in passing offense (351.5), fourth in scoring offense (45.3) and 10th in rushing offense (235.6)... Led line with 88 percent grade and recorded season-high eight knockdowns in third game against Rice... Posted 84 percent grade and five knockdowns in win over Iowa State (fifth game)... Started string of six straight games with at least 81 percent by posting five knockdowns and 81 percent grade at No. 3 Oklahoma State in seventh game... Led team with 85 percent grade and had team-high seven knockdowns in win at Kansas in ninth game... Second on team with 85 percent grade and seven knockdowns in win over No. 22 Texas (12th game)... Had six knockdowns and graded 78 percent in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington... Named preseason All-Big 12 by Phil Steele... Selected to Rivals.com 2011 All-Spring team.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 12 of 13 games, made four starts at guard as redshirt freshman... Earned first collegiate letter... Named to ESPN.com Big 12 All-Freshman team... Garnered fifth-team Postseason All-Freshman honors from Phil Steele... Totaled 63 knockdowns and averaged coach's grade of 80.5... Graded 79 percent or higher in 10 of 12 games played... Member of o-line that ranked third in Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing (194.6 ypg) and fourth in conference in sacks against (1.54 per game)... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over Sam Houston State, graded 82 percent with five knockdowns... Made season-high eight knockdowns and graded 81 percent off bench in win over Buffalo in second game... Made first career start vs. No. 4 TCU, had five knockdowns and 79 percent grade... Also started at Rice (week four) and vs. No. 16 Oklahoma (week 12)... Did not play at No. 19 Oklahoma State in week nine.... Made season-high grade of 86 percent with seven knockdowns vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in week 11... Graded 82 percent and made six knockdowns in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois.
2009 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Star offensive tackle at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas... National position ranking among offensive tackles: No. 62 by Scout.com, No. 63 by ESPN.com and No. 90 by Rivals.com... Ranked the 80th-best recruit in the Metroplex by Dallas Morning News, No. 11 offensive lineman... Played for head coach Mike Papas at North Crowley... Named first-team All-District 3-5A as senior in 2008.
Personal: Son of Albert Joseph and Anita Richardson... Full name is Cyril Joseph Richardson... Born Dec. 27, 1990, in New Orleans... Family moved from New Orleans to Fort Worth, Texas, following Hurricane Katrina... Majoring in general studies.