Terry Richardson enters his 12th season as a member of the Connecticut football coaching staff, all spent working with the Husky running backs.
In 2009, he has worked with two 1,000-yard rushers in the country in Jordan Todman and All-BIG EAST Conference second team pick Andre Dixon. UConn was just one of three NCAA FBS schools to boast a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
The 2008 season saw running back Donald Brown become the nation's leading rusher as he was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-America pick by the Sporting News. He became UConn's first National Football League First Round Draft Pick in 2009 as he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts.
The ground attack made dramatic improvements under Richardson's watch as soon as the team joined the FBS ranks and has been one of its most consistent units over the past six years.
In 2002, Terry Caulley galloped for 1,247 yards to lead all true freshmen in the nation. Overall, UConn's per game rushing average shot up to 136.6 yards after averaging just 77.5 yards per game in 2001.
The depth at running back, that became such a well-told story line of the 2003 season, is a credit to Richardson. During the season, UConn started four different tailbacks, three of whom gained at least 186 yards in a single game. Not to be outdone, Cornell Brockington rushed for 10 touchdowns over the final three games alone.
In 2004, Brockington carried the load for UConn, leading the BIG EAST with 1,218 yards and earning first team All-Conference recognition. The 2005 season saw three different Huskies (Caulley, Brockington and Lou Allen) record a 100-yard rushing game in a deep position group. In 2006, UConn ranked 13th nationally in rushing offense behind All-BIG EAST performer Brown.
UConn saw another All-BIG EAST performer in 2007 as Andre Dixon gained 828 yards on the ground, narrowly edging Brown's 821 for the team lead.
Richardson is a 1994 graduate of Syracuse where he was a four-year letterwinner at running back and wore the fabled uniform number 44. The coveted jersey is awarded only to exceptional Orange rushers, including Jim Brown and 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis. Richardson was Syracuse's leading rusher as a senior in 1993 and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game following his senior season. Richardson helped the Orange to three bowl berths during his career, the 1990 Aloha Bowl, 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl and 1993 Fiesta Bowl. Syracuse won all three games.
Richardson signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals in 1994 and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles (1995), Kansas City Chiefs (1996) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-97). He spent the 1998 season at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Fla., as offensive coordinator and running backs coach to start his coaching career.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Richardson has four children, Terrance (19), Sheenai (18), Kayla (14) and Tierra (7).
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