As head coach Mike London is slowly trying to bring back the Virginia Cavaliers to ACC relevancy, there are still a few questions marks concerning the 2013 season. The running back position, particularly its depth, is not one of those concerns. At one point in spring, the Cavaliers were five-deep at the running back position.
Now, you can lower that number down to four.
On Thursday, London announced that Junior RB Clifton Richardson would be on his way out of the program, as he informed the coach that he wanted to explore his opportunities elsewhere.
London would go on to address the sitaution by saying, “Clifton will be leaving the University in good academic standing. I wish the best for Clifton as he pursues his academic and athletic goals.”
This was poised to be a comeback year for the former four-star prospect out of Newport News, Virginia. Richardson showed a bit of potential two seasons ago as a freshman, however an unfortunate injury to his lower-body limited last year’s sophomore campaign. During his short on-the-field career in Charlottesville, Richardson carried the ball 96 times for 425 yards.
While it’s always unfortunate to lose someone that showed flashes of talent as Richardson did, again, the Cavaliers aren’t exactly crippled at the RB position. The loss of the junior now leaves UVA with four scholarship running backs on the roster. It seems now as if Kevin Parks, also a junior, will be the leader to take over full-time in the backfield, with three others contributing.
Behind Parks are junior Khalek Shepard, redshirt freshman Kye Morgan, and the highly-touted fiver-star incoming prospect out of Virginia Beach, Taquan Mizzell.