April 4, 2007

Richardson finds a match at OLB

As a 6-foot-2, 228-pound freshman defensive end, Morrice Richardson was by no means a square peg in a round hole.

A first-team defensive lineman on the '05 Georgia Class AAA all-state team, Richardson was a hybrid performer who had excelled with a hand on the ground as well as in a two-point stance during his career at Westlake High School in Atlanta.

But when Corwin Brown arrived this winter and replaced Rick Minter as defensive coordinator, the 3-4 personnel scheme that he brought with him returned Richardson to a comfort zone that should benefit one of Notre Dame's most exciting young performers on the defensive side of the ball.

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