Originally written on CU at the Game  |  Last updated 9/9/13
  Colorado Daily September 9th Paul Richardson Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week for ESPN … but not for Pac-12 Last week, Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson was honored by the Pac-12 as its Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Against Colorado State, Richardson had ten catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Against Central Arkansas, Richardson had 11 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The Pac-12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week is … Oregon’s running back DeAnthony Thomas (11 carries for a game-high 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Ducks’ 59-10 road win over Virginia on Saturday. He had touchdown runs of 1, 40 and 8 yards and reeled in one catch for another 28 yards). Richardson was the Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week for ESPN, however. From ESPN … 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.” Offensive line grades good so far … but not great Due to the Sunday to Saturday turnaround, the CU coaches didn’t have time to put together grades for the CU offensive line for the CSU game (at least not in time to make them public). But now we have the grades for the first two weeks of the season. For every player below, their high grade is for the game against Central Arkansas, with the exception of Alex Kelley, who spelled Kaiwi Crabb for one play during the CSU game. Kaiwi Crabb   72.9% Gus Handler 72.9% Jack Harris   82.3% Alex Kelley 100.0% Daniel Munyer 72.9% Stephane Nembot 67.1% TEAM   73.7% If you are looking for comparisons, Gus Handler had a season grade average last year of 83.5%; Jack Harris was 84.3%; Daniel Munyer was 83.2%; and Stephane Nembot was 74.6%. So all of the season grades for last year – when the Buffs went 1-11 – were higher than for the first two games of this season. This tells us that this team, which is 2-0 on the season, is being graded more harshly than the unit which generated all of 3.11 yards per rushing attempt in 2012, and allowed a gaudy 52 sacks. Sounds good … It is also good to see that, other than the one play Alex Kelley was in for during the CSU game, the offensive line has played every down together as a unit. If this offensive line can stay healthy, they will only improve the more that they play together. (It should be noted that some of the other offensive lineman, like Sean Irwin and Marc Mustoe, are seeing playing time on field goals and extra points).    
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