Honors & Awards
Wil Richards has been a key member of Nebraska’s special teams each of the past three seasons and continued in that role in 2012. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native has also added depth in the secondary and will look to battle for additional playing time at safety as a senior this fall. Richards is also a top scholar-athlete for Nebraska earning Academic All-Big Ten honors the past two seasons.
- Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
- Defensive Scout Team MVP (2011)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2012)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Richards played in all 14 games on special teams and added depth in the secondary. Richards finished with five assisted tackles, with three of those coming on special teams. He also had a pass breakup against Idaho State.
Richards played in 10 games, primarily seeing special teams action. He finished with five tackles (four solo), all on special teams. All of his tackles came in the final five games, including two at Penn State.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Richards added depth in the secondary and appeared in games against Texas and Iowa State, but did not have a tackle.
Richards sat out his first season as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Lee's Summit West HS)
Richards came to Nebraska from Lee's Summit West High School in the Kansas City area, where he had a standout senior season for Coach Royce Boehm. Richards recorded 80 tackles and intercepted nine passes, including two that he returned for touchdowns. His play earned him first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Missouri Coaches Association, and he was a first-team All-Metro pick by the Kansas City Star.
Richards also earned first-team all-state honors from the state coaches association during his junior season. Richards turned down a scholarship offer from Air Force to walk-on with Nebraska.
Wil is the son of Dan and Sandy Richards, and he was born on Jan. 25, 1991. Wil is majoring in business administration and has earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the last two semesters. He was also a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection.
Richards' Career Statistics
» Games Played- 26 (2 in 2010; 10 in 2011, 14 in 2012)
» Tackles- 5 UT, 5 AT, 10 TT; 4 UT, 1 AT, 5 TT in 2011, 1 UT, 4 AT, 5 TT in 2012
» PBU- 1 vs. Idaho State, 2012