Former UBC Thunderbird defensive lineman Boyd Richardson is a BC Lion, again. After impressing Lions coaches in training camp, Richardson still found himself on the outside of the roster sheet when BC made their final round of cuts in early June. But his solid camp paid dividends after all, as Sunday he received a phone call from Lions coach and GM Wally Buono.
"Wally said to me when I was released that he liked what I was doing, but there wasn't a spot available," says Richardson. "Then things changed. Some spots got moved around and a position came open for a Canadian defensive line and special teams guy, so he called me back."
Richardson now finds himself on the BC practice roster. A nice spot for the 2015 Vanier Cup champion who BC drafted in the 8th round of the 2016 CFL entry draft.
"I've enjoyed the experience. I think I'm doing OK out here. I'm just working hard and trying to learn from the best," explains Richardson while cooling down after the days practice. "They have a lot to teach and I have a lot to learn. I'm just taking the mentoring and trying to improve where I will be a contributor at some point."
One person who believes Richardson will find his way in the pro game is his former bench boss at UBC.
"Boyd Richardson is an effort player. His value comes from the fact he just outworks opponents consistently," says UBC football head coach Blake Nill. "If Boyd can apply those characteristics from his CIS career, don't be surprised if he becomes more of a regular player in the CFL down the road."
Richardson is keeping an even keel as he adjusts to life as a professional. "I try not to think about the excitement of being a professional athlete, I just try to work hard and improve and try to become the most successful football player I can be."
Richardson is the sixth member of the 2015 UBC Vanier Cup Championship team to make a CFL roster this season.