Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best

“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT

JORDAN RICHARDS – STRONG SAFETY – STANFORD

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AT A GLANCE

Number: 8
Class: Senior
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 210
Hometown: Folsom, Ca
Position: Strong Safety
High School: Folsom
Experience: 3L

OFF THE FIELD

Jordan Richards knows the importance of preparation. The public policy major is currently carrying a 3.42 grade-point average and a full class load at Stanford University. For this accomplishment, Richards was selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic First-Team. This will be the second straight season he has been selected. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second-Team and was one of 48 players on the First- or Second- Team Academic All-America squads, as well as one of eight defensive backs. Richards’ self-motivation began before his career at Stanford. In 2010, he helped Folsom High School win the CIF State Division II championship while remaining focused on his academics. According to The Sacramento Bee, Richards had left a dominant impact in his hometown of Folsom. His high school football coach, Troy Taylor, commented on Richards’ leadership skills. Taylor stated that Richards was “the best high school leader [he’d] ever been around.” He further emphasized that “guys respond to [Richards.] It’s his personality. He’s incredibly focused.”

ON THE FIELD

In 2013, Jordan Richards was a starter at strong safety for all 12 games he played. As a junior, Richards was named to the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 Second-Team. He also received an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, as well as a position on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Last season, Richards recorded 69 tackles (40 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 3 pass breakups. Averaging 19.0 points per game, he  helped Stanford’s defense rank 13th nationally in scoring defense. Entering his senior season Richards was named team captain and listed on the Bednarik Award watch list, Nagurski Award watch list and an ESPN.com preseason All-American. Richards will look to lead the Cardinals to their second straight Pac-12 Championship.