Sean Richardson, SS

School: Vanderbilt  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Linden, AL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 216 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2011 Season
Richardson is a three-year starter in Commodore secondary...Dependable leader who started every game at safety... Anchors Vanderbilt's secondary with senior defensive back Casey Hayward...Second on the team with 58 total tackles... 36 stops were solo... Had 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks... Sacks came against Georgia and Florida...Had first interception of his career in victory over Ole Miss... Tied career high with 10 tackles, including nine of the solo variety, against Florida... Had six stops against Wake Forest, Tennessee and Georgia.
2010 Season
Ran consecutive starts streak to 18 games as third-year contributor in defensive secondary... Key leader in Commodore defensive backfield... Regarded as one of top safeties in Southeastern Conference, Richardson started every game at free safety... Set single-season career highs in virtually every statistical category as junior, including solo tackles (67), total tackles (98), tackles for loss (7), QB hurries (3) and passes defensed (7)... Finished the season as the Commodores' leader in all tackle categories, and ranked fourth in the SEC in solo tackles (5.2 per game)... Posted four or more tackles in every game, topped by 11-tackle efforts vs. Ole Miss and South Carolina... Earned team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after nine-tackle effort against Tennessee... Opened the season in superb fashion, netting 2.5 tackles for loss and eight total stops against Northwestern, then registering double-digit tackle totals in consecutive games against LSU, Ole Miss and Connecticut... Lone QB sack came in double-digit tackle effort against South Carolina... Contributed three passes defensed and two QB hurries against Arkansas and Eastern Michigan, respectively... Enters final season trailing only senior LB Chris Marve on team's active career lists in total tackles (193) and unassisted stops (113).
2009 Season
Physical team leader earned squad's prestigious Hustle Award at postseason banquet... Started 10 starting assignments at safety... Played in every game despite undergoing hand surgery after Mississippi State game... Saw limited action against Rice and Ole Miss... Ranked second among Commodores with 43 solo tackles and had 84 total tackles, third among defenders... Also posted 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble... Among SEC defensive backs, Richardson's 7.0-tackle average ranked among leaders... Contributed double-digit tackles in four games... Career highs in solo tackles (7) and total tackles (12) came at South Carolina... Posted at least four tackles in every start... Had 10 tackles against early-season SEC foes LSU and Mississippi State... Forced fumble came in Mississippi State contest... Added 11 total tackles against Kentucky, earning team's Defensive Player of the Week honors for effort.
2008 Season
Richardson was one of three true freshmen to see action this season, joining defensive back Casey Hayward and receiver John Cole... Richardson served as the second team strong safety behind Reshard Langford... Contributed one of the biggest plays of season, recovering Brett Upson punt that touched Boston College player in Commodore endzone for only Vanderbilt touchdown in Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl victory... Played in every game, contributing 11 total tackles to Commodore defensive effort... Became one of squad's top special team players, earned team's Specialist of the Week after Florida and Kentucky games.
High School
Senior captain... Team went 10-3, advancing to third round of playoffs for second time in history... Named first team All-State by sportswriters as senior... Two-way starter since sophomore year... As senior safety, contributed 101 tackles and three INTs... Caught 21 passes for 316 yards... Top rebounder as forward on hoops squad... Also lettered as sprinter/jumper in track... Recipient of school's leadership award.
Seandre Antonio Richardson... Son of Darnell and Sandra Richardson... Born on Jan. 21, 1990... Dad is teacher and coach; mom is a nurse... Has two siblings: brother, Darnell Jr., and sister, Shonedra.
Latest News
01/15/2011 - He heard from National Football League scouts, the Commodores' new coaching staff and his family before reaching a decision. After weeks of deliberation, Linden High School alumnus Sean Richardson will remain at Vanderbilt for his senior season. "It's an opportunity to get a great education at Vanderbilt," Richardson, a Human Organizational Development major on the Health and Human Services tracks, said. Richardson heard plenty of assessments from scouts before making up his mind, but ultimately boiled his decision down to one thing: his desire to get better. "Speaking with the new coaches and sitting down and talking to my family about it, we determined it would be best for me to stay in school," Richardson said Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours from the deadline to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. Richardson, a 6-2, 215-pound junior safety, led the Commodores in tackles in 2010, recording 98 total stops and a sack in addition to breaking up five passes. "They said I was a great sized safety and I was fast and physical," Richardson said of the word he received from NFL scouts. "They said that if I stayed one more year, that would enhance my productivity as a whole." - Jeremy Smith, The Demopolis Times

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