(Stillwater, OK) - OSU Sophomore Cornerback Ramon Richards’ introduction to college football last year was simply trial by fire. Thrust into the starting lineup due to injuries in the secondary. A process that was an eye opening experience.
Ramon Richards says, “They just told me to go in there and play and I just did the best that I could. I had my ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I came here to play football.”
Mike Gundy says, “An unusual story. When you think about I’m a high school quarterback, being Ramon, and now I’m playing corner in the Big 12. That’s not easy to do, but his attitude was always great.”
That’s right…Ramon Richards was a high school quarterback and made the transition to cornerback. He’s not the first cowboy to make the switch. OSU great Justin Gilbert did the same thing when he came to Stillwater. Richards says the move was natural given the way he played quarterback.
Richards says, “I played quarterback more as an athlete, just like I did cornerback this year. I made plays with my feet a lot. That’s all I had to do when I came here. I just made the plays I could make. Last year I was just an athlete on the field just out there playing. This year, especially with the off-season I had, I had chance to learn from my mistakes.
Richards says in his second season he’s beginning to understand more and more what to do on defense as well as what offenses are trying to do. Richards says it’s part of a mental growth. However, one of his secondary mates says it’s a mental growth that will help him this season.
Kevin Peterson says, “His hair’s growing a lot longer too. I don’t know if that has something to do with it.” Peterson adds, “I ask him all the time if he’s hot and he says he’s fine, i don’t know what you’re talking about, so I mean I guess he does it well.”
Locks that Richards hopes will help him lock down some of the Big 12’s best this season.