Fifteen of the 16 seniors on the Colorado football team will participate in pregame senior day ceremony Saturday when the Buffs host No. 23 USC in the final home game of the season.
The only holdout will be running back Josh Ford who plans to petition for a sixth season after missing all of this season with an injury.
Some will surely be wondering if wide receiver Paul Richardson also will be playing his final game in the stadium he loves. He is a rare talent who will have the opportunity to decide in December whether to forego his senior year and turn pro or come back for one more fall beneath the Flatirons.
Richardson, a fourth-year junior, already has produced one of the best careers in the program's history from a wide receiver. He set a new single-season receiving yardage record last week in a win over Cal and has a chance to claim several more records before the season ends.
Richardson acknowledged Tuesday during the team's weekly media luncheon that he hasn't spent too much time considering his future just yet while still in the midst of the season, but he has at least consider the possibility that Saturday will be the final time he plays a game at Folsom Field.
“I've thought about it, but every week whether it's the first game of the season in my freshman year to how I feel now, it's amazing the feeling of playing in Folsom Field whether we have a small crowd or a big group of guys there,” Richardson said. “It's always fun. It's always exciting. You get chills before the kickoff and then you just play through the game off the adrenaline. So I'm looking forward to it again.”
Only seven players in CU history have declared their eligibility for the NFL draft as undergraduates. Richardson's former teammate David Bakhtiari was the last to do so just last winter. He was picked in the fourth round by Green Bay in April and has spent this season starting at left tackle for the Packers.
Coach Mike MacIntyre spent five seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL. He was asked Tuesday if Richardson is ready to play at the next level, should he choose to do so.
“Paul is a really good player,” MacIntyre said. “Yeah, I definitely think he could play at the next level. He's got to decide what's best for him and what's best for the family and all the different things that he has going on and what's best for him physically, too.
MacIntyre said he plans to sit down with Richardson and his parents at some point after the season to discuss his options. He wants to make sure Richardson has all the best information he needs to make his decision, but he won't try to influence that choice.
“I'm not going to try to twist his arm either way,” MacIntyre said. “That's his decision on what he wants to do.”
Richardson was asked how much thought he has given to turning pro or returning for a senior season in which he would rewrite the receiving record book at CU.
“I haven't given it much thought at all,” Richardson said. “Two games left, can make a bowl game. Then if we get a bowl game, that would be great. If not, it would be unfortunate. Then still a lot of school left.”
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