Sept 10, 2011; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Paul Richardson (6) runs for a 66 yard touchdown in the third quarter against the California Golden Bears at Folsom Field. The Golden Bears defeated the Buffaloes in overtime 36-33. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
He tore his ACL by simply planting and trying to turn during a special-teams drill.
Richardson was CU's third leading receiver in 2011 despite missing four games with a sprained knee. He had 39 receptions for 555 yards and five touchdowns.
He set a school record with 284 yards in CU's overtime loss to Cal.
Once the swelling goes down, Richardson will undergo surgery and a six-month rehabilitation.
"I told him that when I played, a torn ACL was doomsday for a skill position player," head coach Jon Embree said. "Now, he'll be able to come back stronger and faster. He's obviously disappointed, but he is in great spirits about what happened and will make the most of his redshirt year available to him."
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