Honors & Awards
- Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
- Defensive Scout Team MVP (2011)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2012, 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Senior Wil Richards has been a regular on the Huskers’ special teams throughout his Nebraska career, including the first part of the 2013 season. Richards suffered an ankle injury in early November against Northwestern and was lost for the season, ending his Nebraska career. Despite missing the final four games, Richards was again among the Huskers’ top special teams tacklers this fall.
A walk-on, Richards was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of his senior season. He is one of 19 Husker seniors who will make the bowl trip as a graduate after earning his degree in December. Richards was one of 30 Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors this fall, marking his third straight year on the team.
Richards played in seven of the first eight games this fall on special teams. He tallied five special teams tackles, including three solo stops. His play helped Nebraska rank fourth in the Big Ten in net punting and among the conference leaders in kickoff coverage.
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 in the spring of 2012 and the fall and spring of 2012-13. He was also a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection.
Richards' Career Statistics
» Games Played- 33 (2 in 2010; 10 in 2011; 14 in 2012; 7 in 2013)
» Tackles- 8 solo, 7 assisted, 15 total (4-1-5 in 2011; 1-4-5 in 2012; 3-2-5 in 2013)
» PBU- 1 vs. Idaho State (2012)