CB, 6-0, 197
OUTLOOK: Richardson has been a regular on the field for the Razorbacks in each of the past three seasons. He has played in a total of 35 games in his collegiate career, earning a start in 22 contests. He is slated to start again at right cornerback in 2007. He has shown the ability to go one-on-one with some of the best wide receivers in the Southeastern Conference. Richardson improved on his consistency and continued to mature in all aspects of his game last spring. He is a pre-season first-team All-SEC selection by Phipps Football Magazine. Richardson is the starter at right cornerback heading into fall camp.
2006: Richardson was a full-time starter for the Razorbacks earning the first snap at right cornerback in all 14 games. He tied for seventh on the UA tackle list with 63 stops, including 51 solo tackles. He earned a half tackle for loss (-1) and one forced fumble. He snared one interception and racked up 45 yards on the return against Louisiana-Monroe. He ranked second on the team with 10 pass break ups. – Richardson was fourth among UA tacklers against No. 6 USC with nine stops. He then made three solo stops against Utah State as the Arkansas’ secondary held the Aggies to just 114 yards of passing. Richardson made three solo tackles at Vanderbilt and broke up a pass. He tallied four tackles - three solo - in the Hogs’ 24-23 double-overtime win against No. 22 Alabama. Richardson was third among all UA tacklers in a 27-10 upset win at No. 2 Auburn. He made 10 stops - nine solo - and knocked down one pass. He did not have a tackle in 39 snaps against Southeast Missouri State, but did knock down one pass. Richardson saw action on 64 snaps against Ole Miss, making two solo tackles and breaking up his fifth pass of the season. Richardson made four solo tackles to go along with his first career interception and a pass break up against Louisiana-Monroe. He returned the interception 45 yards to set up a touchdown. Richardson turned in an outstanding performance at South Carolina as the Gamecocks tested the UA secondary all night. He notched two pass break ups and five tackles, which ranked second on the team. Richardson garnered four tackles, including three solo, in the Hogs’ win over No. 13 Tennessee. He played tight coverage all game at Mississippi State. He made five tackles (two solo) and half of a tackle for loss (-1). Richardson totaled seven tackles - six solo - against No. 9 LSU with one pass break up. He started the SEC Championship Game and made one solo tackle against No. 4 Florida. He concluded his junior season with a six-tackle performance against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. Five of his six stops against the Badgers were solo tackles. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass.
2005: He was a key member of the UA secondary, playing in all 11 games and posting multiple starts at two different positions. He opened the season as the Hogs’ starting free safety. He started the first five games at that spot before he was moved to left cornerback. After three games coming off the bench in that role, he started the final three contests at cornerback. He ranked third among UA defensive backs and ninth overall with 44 tackles on the season, including 28 solo stops. He earned 1.5 tackles for loss (-11), one sack (-10), six pass break ups and one quarterback hurry. He also logged time on the UA punt, punt return and kickoff coverage teams. – He was Arkansas’ starting free safety in the season opening win over Missouri State, earning one solo and one assisted tackle. He set a career-high with eight tackles (five solo) in the conference opener against Vanderbilt. He also earned his quarterback hurry against Commodores’ quarterback Jay Cutler. He made one solo stop in his third start at free safety at No. 1 USC. He matched his career high for the second time in three outings when he tallied eight tackles and a pass deflection against Alabama. Four of his eight tackles against the Crimson Tide were of the solo variety. He added another two solo stops to his season totals in a non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe. He made a move back to cornerback prior to the Auburn game. He played cornerback for the Razorbacks in 2004. The move proved beneficial right off the bat with him garnering four tackles and two pass deflections against Auburn. He made two solo tackles at No. 4 Georgia. He recorded two solo and two assisted tackles against South Carolina. He also earned 1.5 tackles for loss (-11) and registered his first career sack (-10). He earned his first career start at cornerback in the Razorbacks’ conference win at Ole Miss. He made seven tackles and broke up two passes against the Rebels. He produced four tackles, three solo, and a pass break up in the Hogs’ 44-10 win over Mississippi State in Little Rock. He netted two solo tackles in the season finale at No. 3 LSU.
2004: He played on special teams and as a cornerback reserve in the Hogs’ first 10 games. He did not suit up for the season finale against No. 12 LSU. Of his 13 tackles on the season, 12 were solo stops. He earned three tackles on special teams. He made at least one tackle in five of the 10 games in which he played. He tallied six tackles against South Carolina. – He logged time on special teams, but did not earn tackles against New Mexico State and Texas. He tallied his first two career stops (solo) in the Hogs’ non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe. He garnered a solo tackle in the Razorbacks’ conference opener against Alabama. He played extensively in the second half in the Hogs’ 45-30 loss to No. 16 Florida. For the second straight game, he saw extended playing time in a 38-20 loss at No. 4 Auburn. He did not make a tackle against the Tigers. He appeared on special teams and in the secondary, but did not make a tackle in the Hogs’ 20-14 loss to Georgia. He made six tackles, all solo, in the Razorbacks’ road loss at South Carolina. He saw time on special teams and as a reserve cornerback against the Gamecocks. He made a solo tackle and earned his first career pass deflection in the Razorbacks’ 35-3 win over Ole Miss. He tallied three tackles, including two solo stops, in Arkansas’ 24-21 win at Mississippi State. He missed the Razorbacks’ season finale against No. 12 LSU while tending to a family issue.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He made 87 tackles and snared seven interceptions in his senior season for Coach Jerry Malone. He helped lead his prep team to a state championship berth against Atlanta High School and fellow Razorback Dallas Washington. The Waco Tribune-Herald named him to its Super Centex football first team and rated him as the No. 7 prospect in Central Texas. He was also recruited by Kansas, TCU and Texas A&M.
PERSONAL: Born June 30, 1985, he is the son of Sherrell Allen. His first name is pronounced “matt-TAIR-uhl.” His nickname is “Red.” He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in sociology.