Some time last year, I blogged about the great Herschel Walker’s nephew, Milan Richard. Instead of being one of the greatest Running Backs to ever live, like his uncle, Richard was a Tight End from Savannah, Georgia. As most people know, for the great Herschel Walker, it came down to Georgia and Clemson and as most people also know he picked his home state Georgia Bulldogs.
You have to figure being the nephew of a big, strong, fast Running Back like Walker, that Richard would inherit that athleticism. Clemson TE Richard
But, Richard didn’t just have Herschel Walker in his family to inherit speed genes from. His father, Bill Richard, was a hurdler at Georgia. His mother, Herschel’s sister, was a sprinter. Richard can’t help but be fast, but he’s a Tight End. Up until now, he’s been a back up.
National champion Clemson has a lot of losses off of last season’s team and it all starts with
Quarterback Deshaun Watson. But, they also lost Running Back Wayne Gallman, super Wide Receiver Mike Williams and his side kick, Artavis Scott.
Tight End Jordan Leggett was one of the best Tight Ends in the nation and in the history of Clemson football.
Watson was a first round pick of the Houston Texans who were starving for a Quarterback. Mike Williams went in the first round to the Chargers and I cannot yet call them the Los Angeles Chargers. Gallman was a 4th round pick by the New York Giants, and Scott followed Williams to the Chargers after going undrafted.
Leggett was picked in the 5th round by the New York Jets.
The 6-3, 260 Leggett is expected to take over the starters position at Tight End. Supposedly, if you can believe internet sources, Leggett has really matured in the past year. He is going into his junior season and now is his time to shine and he obviously knows that.
Richard will have to beat out fellow juniors Garrett Williams 6-3, 245 and Cannon Smith 6-5, 265. Both caught 2 passes last season while backing up Leggett and Richard caught 1. Shadell Bell and DJ Greenlee are also back, but both are slightly undersized for Tight End and contribute on special teams.
Richard, Garrett Williams and Cannon Smith should all be able to block, but can they release from
the line of scrimmage and become a threat in the passing game just as Jordan Leggett has been the past few seasons?
Milan Richard should be the fastest of the bunch with his family background.
Milan Richard is a player to keep an eye on next season at Clemson. Hopefully, he will take up where Jordan Leggett left off.