Kent Richardson continued to show he is one of the best DB’s in the Arena League this past season. He helped to lead the Philadelphia Soul to the Arena Bowl where they lost to the Arizona Rattlers.
On the season, Richardson set a team record for INT’s with 14. That record could have been more substantial (he will explain below). He was named as Arena League Defensive Back of the Year and one of the best players in the League overall.
The Mountaineer returned 2 of those 14 interceptions for touchdowns. He had 81.5 tackles, broke up 15 passes, forced 4 fumbles and recovered 3. He grew in his ability to read offenses and the quarterback which led to the record.
We caught up with Richardson earlier this week to ask him about the season, his future, and the current Mountaineer team.
WVUPros: Going into this season, did you think that you would not only have as good of a season as you did, but have one of the best seasons for a defensive back in Arena League history?
Richardson: I felt like I would be pretty productive simply because I put in a great deal of work in the off-season. But I definitely didn’t imagine having a season like I did!
WVUPros: What was your personal highlight of the season?
Richardson: My personal highlight would have been when I broke our franchise record for interceptions. The crazy thing was I actually had four in that one game but two were negated because of penalties. I would’ve been tied for the league record as well.
WVUPros: What was the low light?
Richardson: The low light would’ve had to be not ending the season on a winning note and getting that championship ring. You win some and you lose some, but you learn and get better as well.
WVUPros: What is next for Kent Richardson?
Richardson: Next for me is to hopefully get in another league (NFL, UFL ) and maximize my chances of playing. That’s in the works as of now, and of course I’ll always be ready for another run In the AFL.
WVUPros: Let’s switch subjects and talk about the current Mountaineer team. What do you think the Mountaineers chances are for winning the Big 12 this season?
Richardson: I think the old Gold and Blue has a great chance of winning the Big 12. We have explosive players on offense defensive and special teams which will make it hard for our opponents to game plan us!
WVUPros: After playing for WVU during Jeff Casteel’s days there, what do you think of the switch to a 3-4 defense after Casteel took his 3-3-5 to Arizona?
Richardson: I think the 3-4 will be a good transition defense from our traditional 3-3-5. It will allow more of our linebackers to step up and make big plays. We’ve always had three down lineman, so they won’t have much to switch up. We have the athletes to do it so I’m excited to see them put on a show!