Tavin Richardson - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 11


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 207
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Greer, S.C.
  • High school Byrnes
2018 – Junior
  • Played in all 13 games with 12 starts
  • Recorded 13 catches for 114 yards
  • Had a season-high four catches for 37 yards at Tennessee
2017 – Sophomore
  • Played in all 13 games with eight starting assignments
  • Team’s second-leading receiver with 27 catches for 371 yards and one TD
  • Averaged 13.7 yards per catch
  • Had a career- and team-high five catches for 89 yards vs. Northwestern in the Music City Bowl
  • Caught a season-long 36-yard pass from Stephen Johnson on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter vs. UT, making the catch while dragging his toe inbounds at the Vols’ 5-yard line
  • Scored his first collegiate touchdown on a seven-yard pass reception in the second quarter vs. Eastern Michigan
  • Caught two passes for 29 yards in the win at South Carolina
2016 – R-Freshman
  • Played in all 13 games, earning a starting spot at wide receiver in five games
  • Had nine catches for 160 yards
  • Made a great catch for a crucial two-point conversion in the third quarter vs. Mississippi State
  • Had two catches for 24 yards at Alabama
  • Caught his first career pass in Kentucky’s first scoring drive of the season vs. Southern Miss, hauling in a 41-yard reception in the first quarter
2015 – Freshman
  • Redshirted season
High School
  • Three-star recruit
  • ESPN ranked him the 12th-best player in the state of South Carolina and 72nd-best wide receiver in the 2015 class
  • Rivals ranks him the ninth-best player in South Carolina and 20th-best tight end in the 2015 class
  • Played in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
  • Had 43 receptions his senior season for 457 yards and five touchdowns
  • Had 21 kickoff returns for 457 yards his senior season
  • Strong junior season with 63 receptions for 836 yards and eight touchdowns
  • Had 600 receiving yards as a sophomore with four touchdowns
  • No. 17 on High School Sports Report Top 100 Rising Senior List
  • All-Region II-4A selection and was named second-team all-area
  • Was named to the High School Sports Report All-Rookie Team in 2012
  • Four-year starter
  • Coached by Brian Lane
  • Played five years for the varsity basketball team, earning all-conference honors three years
  • Chose Kentucky over offers from Central Florida, Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Ole Miss
  • Name pronounced “TAY-vin” 
  • Born in Greer, S.C.
  • Son of Latis Richardson and Kelvin Richardson
  • Dad played football at Gardner Webb and brother played at East Carolina
  • Major is community leadership and development
Community Cats
  • Visited with sick children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital at the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. (2016)
  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)
Tavin Says
  • His nickname is “T-Rich”
  • He chose Kentucky because of the atmosphere and it felt like home
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a college coach
  • His sport hero is his dad because he taught him everything he knows to get him to this point
  • One thing most people don’t know about him is that he can sing
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