CU's Richardson Hopes to Play This Fall

By James Gomez

Who doesn’t like good news?  For Buffs fans any news has been bad news.  The spring game, meant to give players and fans a sense of renewal and optimism during the off-season, would surely provide.  If the game is designed to give the most disappointed of college fans something to enjoy it failed miserably for Colorado.  For the CU Buffaloes, nothing is a given, and even the spring game found a way to underwhelm.  Star receiver Paul Richardson suffered a torn ACL and looked all but lost for the upcoming 2012 season.  Or is he?

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Richardson used Twitter to announce that he has been granted to ability to begin running again.  Furthermore, Richardson added he would like to play this fall.  If that doesn’t qualify as good news, than you must be an opposing Pac-12 defensive back or defensive coordinator.

Richardson showed game-breaker ability in a breakout 2011.  The junior was excellent for CU averaging 14.2 yards a reception with five touchdowns.  The former Super-Prep All-America from Gardena, California displayed the ability he was renowned to posses against Cal.  Richardson compiled 284 receiving yards on 11 catches setting a school record.  Richardson was also a top candidate to return punts this upcoming season.

The Buffs were 92nd in total offense last season but 57th in passing offense.  With the quarterback position a question mark, the absence of the best receiving option would be an ugly blow for a program that could use any ray of hope available.

The question of whether or not Richardson is being overly sanguine remains to be answered.    For an oft-injured star who was likely to miss the 2012 season, the tweet is a fortuitous event.  Second year head coach Jon Embree could use every available bullet in the chamber.

The bottom line in Boulder is the improvement of a 102nd ranked defense.  If the Buffs accomplish that feat, it would give CU fans everywhere something to tweet about.

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