Windermere High School fullback Michael Richardson had a strong spring and scored a touchdown in the Wolverines' spring game against Holy Trinity.
Michael Richardson only began playing football when he arrived at Windermere High, but through the fall season and into the spring, he has made an impression on coaches and teammates. The fullback for the Wolverines scored a touchdown during the team’s spring game May 24, and head coach Fred Priest said that Richardson had a strong spring season and is emerging as a leader for the program.
What was it like to run out onto your new home field at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park?
It felt pretty good. We were trying to win, but we couldn’t get it. I was happy that the team scored a touchdown — it’s better than what we did last season.
How would you rate the spring season for the team?
Probably a seven out of 10. We have good players, we just need more people. We need to get bigger, faster and stronger.
What did you want to improve on as an individual during the spring?
I was focused on trying to get yards, being a fullback.
Was it tough to learn the offense that the team now runs under coach Fred Priest?
It was tough at first, but I got used to it. It’s a pretty easy concept.
Is there a professional or collegiate running back whom you try to emulate?
Marshawn Lynch. My coach told me to watch a video of him. In the video, he (Lynch) said that you’ve just got to keep hitting people over and over again until it makes them tired.
How did it feel to score a touchdown?
It felt amazing.
You’re relatively new to football. Why did you decide to join the team at Windermere High?
I realized that people were recommending it to me, and I thought it would be a good choice. I tried it out and actually liked it.
What has been your favorite class this school year?
Probably pre-calculus with Mrs. (Rebecca) Germansky. It was a pretty fun class, and I like math most of the time. The class is fun, I have a lot of friends in there and the teacher is amazing.
What do you think you would like to study in college?
Electrical engineering. I took a class in ninth grade, it was a technology class, and we were watching videos of how these engineers made things. I made a few things myself and it was amazing.
What’s your go-to meal after a game?
Probably McDonald’s — that’s where everyone else goes. Probably order a McChicken — two McChickens.
Do you have any other hobbies beside school and football?
I like playing basketball with my friends.
What’s your dream car?
Probably just a 2017 Toyota Camry, black.