Colorado's Paul Richardson To Redshirt During 2012 Season

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 10: Paul Richardson #6 of the Colorado Buffaloes is unable to make a reception against the defense of Steve Williams #1 of the California Golden Bears late in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field on September 10, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson has decided to redshirt this season, opting to get completely healthy and play a full season next year.

Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Paul Richardson has decided to redshirt this season, according to BuffZone.com's Kyle Ringo.

Richardson, a junior, told Ringo that he plans to take the time to "get healthy" and ready for the 2013 season. Richardson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice back on April 9, 2012, and although there was a chance for him to return to action this season, he has opted to wait and play a full season.

Despite missing nearly five full games in 2011, Richardson ended the season with 39 catches for 555 yards and five touchdowns. A chunk of his production came in one game, as he torched the California Golden Bears' defense for 11 receptions, 284 yards and two scores. Although he only has two seasons under his belt, Richardson already ranks 21st on CU's all-time receiving yards list with 1,069.

For more on the Buffs, be sure to visit The Ralphie Report. For additional college pigskin coverage, head over to SB Nation's NCAA football hub.

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