Georgia Tech's Richard earns ACC's Tatum award

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

This came in today from the ACC:

Georgia Tech senior defensive tackle Darryl Richard has been named recipient of the 2008 James E. Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced today.

The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior (in athletic eligibility) student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete.

Richard, a native of Destrehan, La., has started 41 games at defensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets. A member of the 2007 ACC All-Academic Football Team, he also earned 2nd-team Academic All-America honors. He graduated in the summer of 2007 with an undergraduate GPA of 3.52 in his major of Management and is currently close to completing his MBA degree.

A team tri-captain, Richard also is a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Draddy Award, a candidate for the 2008 Lowe's Senior Class Award and was a finalist for the 2007 Wuerffel Award.

In addition to his academic achievements, Richard is also the president of Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and as such, has been an integral part of the community outreach efforts of Georgia Tech Athletics.

In the midst of his best season athletically, Richard has 10 tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 8 for his play in Tech's 19-16 win over Boston College. He is currently fifth among ACC career active leaders in tackles for loss with 32.0.

"When you look in the dictionary under the term 'student-athlete', Darryl Richard's photo should be next to it," said Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Paul Johnson. "This is a young man who graduated with honors in three years at a school that is demanding academically. On the football field, he is a leader of our football team this season as well as an exceptional player on the defensive line. Darryl is talented enough to play football for a living, but regardless of what he does, he will be extremely successful."

Richard becomes the second player from the Georgia Tech to be honored with the Tatum Award, joining former standout student-athlete Jeremy Muyres (2002) who won the award in 2002.