Richardson has been one of the few bright spots for the otherwise disappointing Tigers who are just 5-5 and 2-5 in their first year competing in the SEC after leaving the Big 12 conference. Only winless Tennessee and Kentucky trail them in the eastern division.
Expected to be a first round draft pick in the NFL draft this April as one of the top prospects in college football, Richardson now will have to answer to teams about his character and why he was suspended and if he has the maturity to merit selection in the first round.
At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Richardson has ideal size and the speed to excel at the three-technique at defensive tackle in Cover-2 schemes which requires first-step quickness and explosion from its tackles to disrupt the interior of the line.
He has 70 tackles and four sacks on the season, and will leave a huge void in the middle of the Tigers defensive line vs. Syracuse who is coming off a win over previously unbeaten Louisville a week ago.
Richardson will be replaced in the starting lineup by Lucas Vincent who has a grand total of two tackles this season.
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