July 11, 2013
Baylor senior offensive guard Cyril Richardson
has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List for a second-consecutive season, the Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday.
The Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. Only tackles, guards and centers on both sides of the ball are eligible for the honor.
In total, the watch list for the Outland Trophy includes 75 players with 25 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 11 centers and 19 defensive tackles represented.
Richardson is one of 10 Big 12 players on the list and one of three offensive guards from the league.
After earning a spot on the Outland Trophy watch list in 2012, Richardson went on to start 12 of 13 games for Baylor as part of an offensive line that led the Big 12 in rushing (231.7 ypg) and finished second nationally in total offense (572.2 ypg).
Richardson, a Fort Worth, Texas, native, received second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and SI.com, while being named a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team selection. He was also tabbed the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the league's coaches.
During the season, Richardson posted a team-best average coaches grade of 89.8 percent and team-high 105 knockdowns. He graded out at 90 percent or higher in each of the final six games and reached a 90 percent-plus grade and 9-plus knockdowns in the final five games. Overall, Richardson led the team in knockdowns in 10 of 13 games.
Last season, Richardson moved back to offensive guard, after playing 2011 at the left tackle position. In that season, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after starting all 13 games. Richardson guarded the quarterback's blind side for an offensive line that ranked second nationally in total offense, fourth in passing offense and 10th in rushing offense.
As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Richardson played in 12 of 13 games and made four starts at guard. He was named to the ESPN.com Big 12 All-Freshman team and earned fifth-team Postseason All-Freshman honors from Phil Steele.
The Outland Trophy watch list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Five days later three finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12 from Disney's Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 9, in Omaha, Neb.
Other Big 12 players on the list include: Calvin Barnett (Oklahoma State), Le'Raven Clark (Texas Tech), BJ Finney (Kansas State), Trey Hopkins (Texas), Chucky Hunter (TCU), Kerry Hyder (Texas Tech), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Cornelius Lucas (Kansas State) and Mason Walters (Texas).
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