July 17, 2013

Richardson takes star turn at media day

HOOVER, ALA. -- From a media standpoint, Texas A&M Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the biggest draw during the first half of SEC Media Days on Wednesday. If NFL scouts had been polled, however, there's a good chance that the Vols' Tiny Richardson would have been voted the most intriguing player present.

Richardson even caused a bit of a stir a day ahead of his arrival when he became the center of what passes for controversy at this time of year.

South Carolina's All-World defensive end Jadaveon Clowney generated some buzz on Tuesday when he called Richardson the toughest opposing player he's faced in the SEC. Clowney added a little bit of an edge to what was essentially a complimentary evaluation of Richardson, when he noted that 'he was really good at holding without getting called for it,' and also shared that the Vols' left tackle liked to talk a little trash.

Richardson took the comments in stride, but while the smile never left his face, he made it clear that he wasn't backing down from Clowney or anyone else.

As for the holding claims, Richardson took it as a tip of the cap from a rival, saying, 'Great ones can hold and get away with it so I guess I'll take it as a compliment.'

Clowney is perhaps the most well-known defensive player in college football thanks both to his impressive exploits in two years, and also for the now universally famous hit, forced fumble and recovery he caused against Michigan in last year's Outback Bowl.

Richardson's experience with Clowney's talent is far more personal in nature than hits on a Youtube channel.

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