Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Football: Devastating News for Jacket Fans

Could we possibly start a season with some good news please? Not this year. Daryl Richard has been lost for the season. He injured his knee in Saturday's scrimmage and MRI's confirm that 2005 will be a redshirt season for the talented DT. To say that Jacket fans are disappointed is an understatement. Richard is one of the best DT prospects to ever sign with Tech and fans were licking their chops after watching his performance in Orlando, where he recorded 2 sacks, a safety and was named to SI's all-bowl team.

The good news is that Coach Gailey reports that he is doing well and seems to be handling things well. We all send our thoughts and prayers his way.

To help you feel even worse I will post his bio from Ramblinwreck.com:

2004: Named to Sports Illustrated magazine's All-Bowl team after a strong performance in Tech's 51-14 victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . Had two sacks in the game, including one in the end zone for a safety . . . Helped Tech hold the Orange to just 51 yards rushing and 281 total yards . . . Collected seven tackles for loss on the season, including four sacks . . . Totalled 14 tackles . . . Had three tackles with two TFL and one sack in Tech's win at NC State . . . Also had a sack in win at Clemson . . . Missed much of the preseason with a knee injury.

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the nation's premier defensive line prospects . . . Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 . . . Rated the No. 12 player in Louisiana by SuperPrep and the No. 13 player in the state by Rivals.com . . . Prep Star all-America . . . The No. 9 defensive lineman and No. 93 player in the nation by Tom Lemming and ESPN.com . . . The No. 30 player on TheInsiders.com South Hot 100 . . . Rated the No. 15 defensive tackle in the nation by TheInsiders.com and No. 34 by Rivals.com . . . Played in the U.S. Army All-American all-star game . . . Recorded 85 tackles, 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss as a senior . . . Added 65 tackles and seven sacks as a junior . . . Coached by Steve Robichaux at Destrehan High School . . . Student body President . . . One of five national finalists for the 2004 Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy, presented by the National Alliance of African American Athletes to promote academic excellence among young African American males.