Richardson Discusses NFL Options

Richardson Discusses NFL Options

CLEMSON – For the past two seasons, Clemson has had the rare feat of having the same five starting offensive linemen. Next season, another rare feat could transpire with the Tigers having to replace all five starters.

Everyone knows that seniors Dustin Fry, Roman Fry, Marion Dukes and Nathan Bennett won't be back next season. But what they may not know is that there's a chance junior Barry Richardson won't be back, either.

"Everyone thinks about going to the pros," Richardson told CUTigers.com. "I can't sit here and say I haven't thought about it, too. Yeah, I've thought about it."

Every since his first start against Florida State in 2004, the 6-foot-7, 330-pounder has grabbed the attention of scouts, opposing coaches and media.

As a freshman, he earned All-American honors and has ability as a left tackle has continued to improve.

This year, the awards just keep piling on. Richardson was tabbed as a preseason second-team All-American by Phil Steele and was a preseason first-team All ACC by Athlon, Lindy's Blue Ribbon, USA Today and Phil Steele.

He began 2006 as the No. 12 offensive tackle in the nation and the top pass blocker in the ACC, according to Lindy's. The magazine also lists him as the No. 7 NFL prospect in the ACC.

It's all of these accolades that have Richardson thinking about his future with Clemson.

"If the NFL has me projected going in the first round, I might have to go," Richardson said. "I'd have to think about it if they have me going in the second round. But anything lower than that and I'll be back."

Sapp doing fine
Backup defensive Bandit, Ricky Sapp, went through a very scary moment Monday, while sitting in Vickery Hall, the academic center for athletes. It was so bad, that he had to be carted out of the building and into a waiting ambulance.

"I was having chest pains and my heart started beating real fast and I felt like I had to throw up," he said. "(I was scared) a little bit, but not really."

Doctors performed as many tests as they could possibly think of and Sapp said nothing was found to be physically wrong with him to cause to him collapse.

"They said it was stress and not enough sleep," Sapp said. "College life."

Sapp practiced Tuesday and will play Thursday night.

Gaddis update
Cornerback C.J. Gaddis had a very limited practice Tuesday due to his continued sore foot, which plagued him earlier in the season. He aggravated the injury in the final series against Wake Forest.

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said Gaddis may have a very limited role against Temple.

"We've got guys that are better at 100 percent than he is at 90 percent," Koenning said. "If he's not 100 percent, then he'll be limited with his playing time."

Koenning said it could be a game-time decision.

"If he's limping around, it will be just like it was in practice today, ‘Go sit over there,' " he said.

Chris Chancellor will get the start if Gaddis can't go.

Anything is better than Philadelphia
Despite the fact that there might be only 35,000-40,000 fans on hand Thursday night, head coach Tommy Bowden will be just fine with those numbers.

"To play (at Temple), attendance would probably be minimal," he said. "Thursday night, with a racing weekend, it's going to be a tough draw. But our fans have responded well in the past. …

"I think we'll get a pretty heavy walk-up the next 48 hours. If we get 40,000 or 30,000 to show up, that's better than 12,000 in Philadelphia. I'll take that anytime."

But when asked if he really thought 12,000 would actually show in Philly, he said, "Yeah, I don't know if it would have been that much. I seriously don't think that there would be 12,000."

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