Big Man On-Campus


MOSCOW, ID -- if you’re from Lewiston or even the surrounding area and you follow high school football, odds are you know the name Colton Richardson.

He was the starting quarterback at Lewiston High and now he’s competing for the starting quarterback job for the Idaho Vandals.

But there was one battle, he always has to fight.

“Everyone knows: I’m a bigger quarterback,” sophomore quarterback Colton Richardson said after a spring football practice.

At first glance Richardson might not look the part, but don’t let his 6’5, 240-pound frame fool you.

From racking up countless awards while wearing Lewiston purple and gold, to winning his first start in silver and gold, the road into his sophomore campaign was a path less traveled.

“it was always working out every day and you don’t really see that as a young kid,” he said. “But I didn’t want to play line.”

Richardson’s weight is something he always has to be mindful of. While most are trying to bulk up, he was doing the opposite.

“Sitting in saunas, eating healthy, for a little kid it was not good,” Richardson laughed. “It sucked but I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. So, I had to do it.”

During his youth football career, he only missed the weight requirement once.

Winning the starting job at Lewiston High School just opened a new chapter regarding his weight.

“My junior year, going down to Boise, first year in state, playing Rocky,” he said. “They were a lot faster. I couldn’t get out of the pocket and I realized: if I wanted to win a state championship, or go to the next level, I had to be a good weight.”

Now that he’s has a year of college football under his belt, head coach Paul Petrino is noticing mental improvement as well.

“I think he’s just more comfortable,” Petrino said. “We always tell our guys at every position: when I can just go out there and play with a clear mind, I’m going to play better. And he’s not all the way there yet, but we’re getting a lot close to there.”

Although he’s close to his ideal playing weight, coming in at 240, “I really want to get down to 230-235,” cutting weight is part of the game.

“It just feels so good. I just feel like a different type of quarterback,” he said.

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