Jake Richardson
Position: Punter - Special Teams
College: Miami Ohio University
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205
Hometown: Oxford, OH

candidate in 2008 .... sat out spring drills with a leg injury ... should again be among the nation's most proficient punters ... the former walk-on aims for his fourth letter at Miami ... if he improves his skills as a directional punter, he could be headed toward a career in pro football.

2007: Miami's Special Teams MVP ... finished the year with a 45.0 punting average, sixth-best in the nation, just 1.8 yards per kick behind the nation's leader, Kevin Huber of Cincinnati ... his average matched Gary Layton's school record, set in 1994 ... career-wise, his 41.98 average tops Miami's list, just ahead of Layton (1991-94) ... 24 of Richardson's 68 punts traveled 50 yards or more, including boomers of 64 and 62 yards ... 17 of Richardson's punts landed inside the 20 ... 10 were touchbacks and eight were fair catches.

2006: Averaged 41.1 yards on 58 attempts ... launched a career-best 69-yard punt vs. Northwestern and had a 65-yarder vs. Bowling Green.

2005: Made collegiate debut, totaling 46 punts and averaging 38.4 yards per kick ... only 11 of his punts were returnable.

2004: Redshirted as a walk-on.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as a punter, safety and linebacker for neighboring Talawanda High School in Oxford, earning all-conference honors as a senior linebacker ... coached by Jim Vanatsky.

PERSONAL: Son of Larry and Mary Richardson ... Jake is the oldest of nine children ... majoring in environmental science.

Single-Game Bests
Punts: 10 at Colorado, 2007
Long Punt: 69 vs. Northwestern, 2006
Avg.: 50.5 at Kent State, 2007
Inside 20: 3 (twice), last vs. Syracuse, 2007

Jake Richardson's Career Statistics

Year Punts Yds Avg. In20 Long
2005 41 1561 38.1 9 60
2006 58 2383 41.1 14 69
2007 68 3063 45.0 17 64
Total 167 7007 42.0 40 69