Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Missouri DT has sharp words for Texas
By David Ubben
Missouri and Texas will play on Saturday, and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a St. Louis native who spent two years at junior college in California, can probably expect to hear plenty of rebuttals to his comments to Columbia NBC affiliate KOMU on Monday.
"I hate people from Texas. I give people on our team from Texas a hard time because they're from Texas. I hate Texas. I just do. I hate Texas. Any other overrated state in football I pretty much hate. That's how I feel about it... Overrated. Overrated. Overrated. It's blown out of proportion. It really is. I played against their best recruits and I wasn't impressed, at all."
Richardson's got experience with the "best recruits" he's referencing. He took part in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and I assume that's when he got his best experience against them.
The biggest names from Texas from that team?
Texas RB turned DE Chris Whaley, Texas A&M RB Christine Michael, Oklahoma DT Jamarkus McFarland, former Texas LB (transfer) Tariq Allen, Texas DE Alex Okafor, and Texas DT Calvin Howell.
Among that group, Michael's really the only guy that's emerged as an elite player, so maybe Richardson's comments, based on his experience, aren't all that crazy.
That said, there are plenty of great players from Texas Richardson didn't matchup against. Like, for instance, his All-American tight end, Michael Egnew, quarterback James Franklin or running back Henry Josey, who is fifth nationally with 1,149 rushing yards this year.
Missouri's roster this year has 35 Texans.
Here's guessing Richardson will hear plenty of talk from across the line of scrimmage on Saturday about just how overrated Texas players are. The Longhorns have rushed for over 400 yards in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1977, and will try to do the same on Saturday. Richardson will be on the first line of defense.
Overrated or not? We'll get to find out.