11/24/13 - (QB) - Michael Strauss, rJr, 6-2, 210 Seth Fisher rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns as Richmond defeated William & Mary 31-20 Saturday. Holding a one-point lead late in the second quarter, Richmond (6-6, 4-4 Colonial Athletic Association) pulled ahead as Michael Strauss found Brian Brown for a 5-yard score. Jordi Brandon added a late field goal to put the Spiders up 24-13 at half. Richmond opened the second half with an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Fisher.
The Tribe (7-5, 4-4) couldn't pull closer as their next three drives ended in an interception, a fumble and a turnover on downs. William & Mary led 10-7 in the first quarter after Airek Green returned a Fisher fumble 40 yards for a touchdown. Richmond answered with a 1-yard score by Fisher on the next drive. Strauss finished 22-of-37 with 233 yards and Stephen Barnette had seven receptions for 90 yards. - AP Sports
11/21/13 - (QB) - Michael Strauss, rJr, 6-2, 210 WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Michael Strauss, Richmond, passed for 543 yards and five TDs in a 46-43 come-from-behind win over Delaware. - AP Sports
11/16/13 - (QB) - Michael Strauss, rJr, 6-2, 210 Michael Strauss passed for 543 yards and five touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 4 seconds to play, to give Richmond a 46-43 come-from-behind win Saturday against Delaware. Delaware (7-4, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association) took the lead 43-39 with 45 seconds to play on an 11-yard run by Andrew Pierce, but Strauss capped the ensuing 75-yard, seven-play, 41-second drive with the game-winning pass to Reggie Diggs.
Strauss completed 35 of 46 pass attempts, with TD strikes of 4 yards to Ben Edwards, 21 to Stephen Barnette, 50 to Brian Brown and 23 to Hunter Westfall. David Broadus had a 3-yard scoring run and Brandon Jordi kicked a 34-yard field goal for the Spiders (5-6, 3-4). Trent Hurley threw four TD passes for Delaware and went 18 of 35 for 286 yards passing. Jalen Randolph scored on a 1-yard run and Sean Baner kicked a 42-yard field goal. - AP Sports
11/11/13 - (QB) - Michael Strauss, rJr, 6-2, 210 NOV 11 CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Strauss, Jr., QB, Richmond...Strauss continued his historic season with more career numbers as the Spiders claimed their second-consecutive win on Saturday at Stony Brook. The junior signal caller finished an efficient 28-of-38 for 360 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns to surpass the 3,000-yard mark this fall and lead Richmond's rally from a 10-point third-quarter deficit on the road. Strauss' effort comes during a season in which he has set or tied single-season program records with 276 completions, 426 attempts, 3,032 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. - CAA football
11/11/13 - (QB) - Michael Strauss, rJr, 6-2, 210 WEEK 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Michael Strauss, Richmond, threw for 360 yards and five TDs in a 39-31 victory over Stony Brook. - AP Sports
11/09/13 - (WR) - Ben Edwards, Sr, 5-11, 198 Michael Strauss threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richmond in a come-from-behind 39-31 victory over Stony Brook. Strauss threw touchdowns of 15 yards to Seth Fisher and 7 to Ben Edwards to give the Spiders (4-6, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association) an 18-7 lead. The Seawolves (3-6, 1-5) climbed back on a late second quarter touchdown by James Kenner. Kenner, who finished with 136 yards, scored his third touchdown of the day in the third quarter. A 19-yard score from Lyle Negron to Will Tye put Stony Brook ahead 28-18.
Strauss responded with a 42-yard strike to Edwards. Following a Stony Brook field goal, Strauss threw a 13-yard touchdown to Stephen Barnette to give Richmond the lead. His fifth of the day came on a late 6-yarder to Rashad Ponder, putting the Spiders up by eight. Stony Brook failed on a fourth-down conversion try on the ensuing series. - AP Sports
11/02/13 - (WR) - Ben Edwards, Sr, 5-11, 198 Michael Strauss threw for a game-high 310 yards and one touchdown as Richmond outscored Albany (NY) and finished with a 27-10 victory Saturday. Strauss completed 26 of 40 passes, throwing a 30-yard TD pass to Rashad Ponder in the fourth quarter. Seth Fisher picked up the other Spider TD with a 3-yard run in the third, giving Richmond its first lead of the game at 14-7 after a successful two-point conversion.
Brandon Jordi scored the other 13 points for Richmond (3-6, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) with four field goals and an extra point. Omar Osbourne ran in from 2 yards and the only Albany touchdown of the game in the first quarter. A 24-yard field goal by Tom O'Riordan before the half was the last score for the Great Danes (1-8, 0-5), who are on a seven-game losing streak. - AP Sports
09/23/13 - (CB) - Wayne Pettus, Sr, 5-08, 175 SEPT 23 CAA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wayne Pettus, Sr., DB, Richmond...Pettus picks up his first weekly conference honor on the heels of a complete performance in Richmond's 30-21 win over Liberty. The senior blocked a pair of second-half field goals - the first blocked kicks of his career - to help the Spiders maintain their two-score lead down the stretch. Pettus would also snare an interception and tack on two pass breakups and four tackles as Richmond closed out its nonconference slate with a win in its first-ever meeting with the Flames. - CAA football
09/23/13 - (CB) - Wayne Pettus, Sr, 5-08, 175 SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FCS DEFENSIVE BACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Wayne Pettus (Richmond)...Pettus had a tremendous game for the Spiders, blocking a pair of field goal attempts, while also tallying an interception. Pettus also tallied four tackles and a pair of pass breakups in Richmond’s win over the Flames. “Wayne is really putting together a great season,” commented head coach Danny Rocco. “He was certainly a big difference in the game here Saturday night against Liberty. He has really been in a great position all year long and I think that any time you have a defensive player touching the ball five times in a game really demonstrates how active he was.”
Honorable Mention: Preston Sanford (Sacred Heart), Craig Brodsky (Delaware), Anders Battle (NAU), Lawrence Barnett (Alabama A&M), Gordon Hill (Sacred Heart), Ivan Toomer (Gardner-Webb), Enriques Perry (Austin Peay), Joe Sarnese (Villanova), Jarrod Watson-Lewis (Cornell), Marcus Williams (North Dakota State). - Richmond football/College Football Performance Awards
09/21/13 - (RB) - Jacobi Green, So, 5-08, 192 Michael Strauss threw 20 of 34 for 210 yards and one touchdown to lead Richmond to a 30-21 victory over Liberty on Saturday night. Coming into the game, Richmond (2-2) boasted the most prolific passing attack in the Colonial Athletic Conference, but it was the rushing of Jacobi Green that kept the Spiders in the lead most of the game. Green had 24 carries for 181 yards and T.J. Moon carried 7 times for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
The Spiders defense took center stage after halftime, forcing two Liberty (2-2) turnovers and blocking a John Lunsford field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. Lunsford also missed from 45 yards in the third. Late in the fourth quarter, Spiders' defensive back Wayne Pettus broke up two passes in a row from Josh Woodrum, ending a 9-play drive by Liberty on the game's final possession. - AP Sports
08/31/13 - (RB) - Jacobi Green, So, 5-08, 192 Michael Strauss passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Richmond's 34-0 season-opening win over the Virginia Military Institute on a soggy Saturday night. A threat of lightning caused play to be suspended for 70 minutes at halftime. By then, the Spiders led 21-0 on Strauss' TD completions to three different receivers. The junior quarterback finished 23-for-36 - including a 59-yard strike to Ben Edwards - before being spelled by Kyle Lauletta. Jacobi Green rushed for a game-high 95 yards as Richmond compiled 539 yards of total offense.
The win was Richmond's eighth-straight in home openers and continues a streak of 11 in a row against VMI. The Keydettes were unable to find any spark on the damp night, converting on just one of 12 third downs. Quarterback Eric Kordenbrock passed for just 135 yards and was picked off three times. VMI was limited to 39 yards rushing. - AP Sports
07/25/13 - (WR) - Ben Edwards, Sr, 5-11, 198 2013 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): Wide Receiver Ben Edwards, Senior, Richmond...The All-CAA honor is the third preseason award for Edwards. The senior wide receiver was named a Third-Team Preseason All-American by Beyond College Sports, Fourth-Team Preseason All-American and Second-Team Preseason All-CAA by Phil Steele honors earlier this month. Edwards was also named to the CFPA FCS Wide Receivers Award Watch List and CFPA FCS Punt Returners Award Watch List.
The Yorktown, Va., native started all 11 games last season and collected five postseason honors, including First-Team All-CAA. Edwards led the league with 80 receptions while totaling a team-high 852 yards receiving and three touchdowns. - Richmond football
07/25/13 - (FS) - Justin Grant, Jr, 6-0, 200 2013 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): Return Specialist Justin Grant, Junior, Richmond...The all-conference accolade is the second preseason honor for Grant as a kick returner. The Franklin, Va., native was placed on the Second-Team Preseason All-CAA by Phil Steele and was recently placed on the CFPA FCS Kick Returners Award Watch List.
Grant appeared in 10 games last season and averaged a CAA-best 32.3 yards a kickoff return as he garnered Second-Team All-CAA and College Sports Madness First-Team All-CAA honors. His season average was also ranked third in the nation. - Richmond football
07/25/13 - (DT) - Evan Kelly, rJr, 6-1, 285 2013 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): Defensive Line Evan Kelly, Junior, Richmond...Kelly comes into the 2013 season after starting all 11 games last season for the Spiders. The defensive lineman totaled 51 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery to be placed on All-CAA second team and College Sports Madness Third-Team All-CAA. - Richmond football
05/01/13 - (QB) - Michael Rocco, rSr, 6-3, 225 University of Richmond senior transfer quarterback Michael Rocco has been denied eligibility in the 2013 season by the NCAA, the Colonial Athletic Association program announced. NCAA bylaws stipulate that a transfer from the Football Bowl Subdivision to the Football Championship Subdivision can play immediately only if he has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Rocco, who transferred in from the University of Virginia in January, has only one season of eligibility left, and must continue to spend the year at Richmond as a transfer in residence. Richmond had sought a waiver to permit Rocco to be eligible to compete this season because he is on track to graduate in spring 2014.
Rocco, the nephew of Richmond head coach Danny Rocco, can practice with the team this year and will be eligible to play the 2014 season. "While we are disappointed with the NCAA's decision, we are ready to move on," Danny Rocco said. "Michael will continue to practice and be an important contributor as we prepare for the 2013 season, while earning his degree from Richmond. We look forward to having him eligible to compete during the 2014 season." Michael Rocco, from Lynchburg, Va., did not redshirt at Virginia, where he started 21 games the last three seasons, including eight last season. He threw for 4,731 yards and 27 touchdowns and had 24 interceptions with the Cavaliers. - The Sports Network
04/30/13 - (FB) - Kendall Gaskins, Sr, 6-0, 226 Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...FB Kendall Gaskins - 6’0” 226 - Richmond...Gaskins rushed for over 1,700 yards for the Spiders averaging almost four yards per carry in his career (3.9) and 34 rushing touchdowns. Also was a factor in the pass game with 46 catches and four receiving touchdowns in his career. “He ran 4.69 for us at his workout. Basically he was a one back and did some fullback work, but was their big running back. He was pretty productive, caught the ball well at his pro day,” Majeski said. “A big, physical runner than can break tackles. We didn’t see him at fullback until the Texas vs. The Nation game during the practice week and he did some good things there. Team captain.” - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
04/08/13 - (FB) - Kendall Gaskins, Sr, 6-0, 226 2013 Richmond Pro Day: Kendall Gaskins FB (6", 226 pounds) - Gaskins ran 4.70 and 4.76, did 34 in the vertical, 9-foot-10 in the broad jump, 4.49 in the short shuttle, 7.32 in the three-cone, 20 reps on the bench press, and did a positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
04/08/13 - (TE) - Kevin Finney, rSr, 6-6, 243 2013 Richmond Pro Day: Kevin Finney TE (6-5¾”, 243 pounds) - Finney ran a 4.93 and 4.99, did a 30-inch vertical, a 9-foot-2 broad jump, 4.56 short shuttle and 7.49 three-cone. He did no bench presses and no positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
04/08/13 - (SS) - Cooper Taylor, rSr, 6-5, 228 2013 Richmond Pro Day: Scouts brave the cold at Richmond Pro Day...The weather was crisp - about 35 degrees - for Richmond’s outdoor pro day on March 19. Scouts from 20 NFL teams braved the cold to watch seven players work out. Nobody there that had gone to combine, but there were three players of note: Cooper Taylor S (6-4¾”, 228 pounds) - Taylor ran 4.58 and 4.49, did 36½” in the vertical, 10-foot-7 in the broad jump, 4.29 in the short-shuttle, 6.96 in the three-cone and 23 reps on the bench press. The coaches worked Taylor out as a linebacker. His official position will be strong safety, but he’s one of those guys who could possibly bulk up and play outside linebacker. Reminiscent of Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/18/13 - (SS) - Cooper Taylor, rSr, 6-5, 228 The University of Richmond will welcome National Football League scouts and position coaches to Robins Stadium on Tuesday, March 19 for the Spiders' annual Pro Day. This year's events will be closed to the general public. Among the players participating in the Pro Day activities will be Richmond players Cooper Taylor, Kendall Gaskins, John Laub, Kevin Finney, Darryl Hamilton and Rodney Barnes.
Richmond's Pro Days have traditionally been well attended by NFL scouts and coaches in recent history, as current NFL players and Spider alumni Tim Hightower (former Washington Redskins running back), Justin Rogers (Buffalo Bills running back) and Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis Colts defensive line) have all participated. - Richmond football
01/18/13 - (SS) - Cooper Taylor, rSr, 6-5, 228 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 4. S Cooper Taylor, Richmond (6042, 229 -- East Team)...A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor stood out as the most impressive defender on the East squad during practice. With his size and strength, he is an enforcer against the run but he also showed the range and athleticism to be effective in coverage as well as the football intelligence to digest a lot of coaching all at once. Taylor routinely drew praise from the coaching staff during drills and often made the calls to get his teammates in proper position. His NFL draft arrow is pointing up after this week, creating some buzz among scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/13 - (SS) - Cooper Taylor, rSr, 6-5, 228 EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: Richmond safety Cooper Taylor continued to stand out on Tuesday with his aggressive style of play. The coaching staff routinely praised the former Spider for his decisiveness and burst, arriving to the play quickly and ready to blow up the ballcarrier. Somewhat expected with such a tall safety, he plays too upright at times and this will show during full contact drills, but Taylor has looked like one of the most physical players here. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/13 - (SS) - Cooper Taylor, rSr, 6-5, 228 EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: During the East practice session, the top small-schooler that stood out was Richmond safety Cooper Taylor. His size is impressive for the position, as you rarely see a 6-4, 230-pound safety roam the back half of the field. But his athleticism was also better than expected, flowing well to the action and breaking down on the move.
He showed good footwork in drills and drew some praise from the coaching staff for his closing quickness on plays in front of him. A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor is starting to create a little bit of buzz among the scouts and NFL representatives in attendance this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/13 - (TE) - Sean Fitzpatrick, rJr, 6-5, 245 Richmond football coach Danny Rocco announced his program's signing of three transfers - quarterback Michael Rocco from Virginia, wide receiver Shane Savage from Cornell and tight end Sean Fitzpatrick from North Carolina - on Monday. Savage will have one season of eligibility remaining at Richmond. He has graduated from Cornell after three seasons in which he finished fourth all-time in receptions (154) and fifth in receiving yards (2,013). Fitzpatrick can play two seasons at Richmond. He appeared in 12 games for the Tar Heels in 2011, including the Independence Bowl.
"We are all very excited about these additions to our program," said Rocco, whose team went 8-3 and earned a share of the CAA Football title this season. "All three student-athletes have outstanding resumes as well as transferring in from competitive academic institutions. Our ability to continue to build depth and to create an element of heightened competition will increase our probability for continued success." Richmond announced all three players will begin classes next week. - Sports Network
01/07/13 - (QB) - Michael Rocco, rSr, 6-3, 225 Former Virginia starting quarterback Michael Rocco is transferring to Richmond. Richmond coach Danny Rocco announced Monday that his nephew is joining the Spiders next season. Two other transfers - wide receiver Shane Savage from Cornell and tight end Sean Fitzpatrick from North Carolina - have also transferred to Richmond.
Rocco played in 30 games over three seasons at Virginia and threw for 4,731 yards and 27 touchdowns with 24 interceptions. He had said in December that he intended to transfer. Rocco shared the starting QB job with Phillip Sims, a transfer from Alabama. Because Rocco only has one season of eligibility remaining, the NCAA mandates that he sit out a season, but Richmond plans to petition the NCAA for a waiver that would allow him to play this season. - AP Sports