Missouri State's Richards Named to AFCA FCS All-America Team
Dec. 11, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Missouri State offensive lineman Randy Richards (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) has been named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division I FCS All-America Team, the organization announced this week.
Richards, who started every game this season for the Bears at right tackle, carried out a 98-percent assignment grade in 2012, had 56 knockdown blocks and graded out at 85 percent overall. He was MSU's Offensive Lineman of the Week for key games against Kansas State (Sept. 1) and North Dakota State (Nov. 3), earned the Bears' Offensive Lineman of the Year Award, and was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team.
The squad co-captain transferred to MSU in 2011 from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., and started all 22 games he played in two seasons for Missouri State. He anchored an MSU offensive line that surrendered just 15 sacks this season and averaged 327.5 yards per game.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. The AFCA's All-America team is voted on exclusively by its membership, and Richards is just the ninth Bear to ever earn the AFCA's top honor. The 2012 AFCA FCS team includes just 25 total players, including five from the MVFC.
Richards joins sophomore Caleb Schaffitzel (S, Fair Grove, Mo.) as Bears tabbed with 2012 All-America status. Schaffitzel earned The Sports Network All-America third-team distinction earlier this week. This marks the first time since 2004 that multiple MSU players have earned All-America awards from one of the five major agencies in the same season.