We don’t often single out performances against FCS teams on the Pac-12 blog. Then again, we don’t often single out players from Colorado, either. But it’s hard to argue that through the first two weeks, the biggest impact player in the league might be Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson.
The nation’s leading receiver through two weeks, Richardson caught 11 balls for 209 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado’s 38-24 win over Central Arkansas. That comes on the heels of a 10-catch, 208-yard performance and two touchdowns a week earlier in the win over Colorado State.
His 11 catches against the Bears tied a school record for most catches in a game and his 209 yard-yard performance was just the fifth 200-yard receiving game at Colorado. He’s the first Colorado player to post back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.
Asked after the game if he’s ever had a player as explosive as Richardson, first-year Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre struggled to find a comparable name.
“Probably not as explosive as ‘P-Rich,’” MacIntyre said. "There is one guy at San Jose State named Noel Grigsby that broke every one of their records by his junior year. He’s not as explosive but he made a ton of plays. But, ‘P-Rich’ is the most explosive I’ve seen, for sure … When we see certain matchups, we’re gonna go attack it, and he’ll go get it.”
Colorado will try to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2008 when it hosts Fresno State on Saturday.