Louisiana quarterback Richardson named to state all-academic team
Zach Richardson is a three-sport athlete at Louisiana High who was recently named to the all-state academic football team.
Louisiana Bulldogs quarterback Zach Richardson has been named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State Academic Team.
Richardson is a 15-year-old sophomore who had to rank in the top 10 percent of his class and maintain a 3.5 grade average to qualify. He was nominated by Louisiana Head Football Coach Greg Purdum for the Class 1 honor.
“He’s just a great kid, very mature for a sophomore,” Purdum said last week. “He’s a tremendous leader and has control in the huddle. You tell him something one time and it’s corrected.”
Richardson is the son of parents Gary and Paula Richardson of Louisiana.
“I felt very proud that I was chosen for this award,” Richardson said. “I’m making grades while planning to be an athlete.”
Richardson is a guard on the Louisiana’s basketball team and a utility player on the baseball team. While he enjoys sports tremendously, he knows what he has to do to play ball.
“A student-athlete does the job in the classroom first,” Richardson said. “Without the grades, you can’t participate in other activities.”
The quarterback’s favorite classes are math and English.
“It’s the stuff that gets your brain running,” he said.
Richardson’s other activities include being a percussionist in Louisiana’s concert and marching bands.
“I grew up in a family with musical instruments,” he said. “When I was three, my dad took drum lessons. I saw that and I thought, ‘I want to make some noise.’ ”
Richardson’s daily routine after school and sports practices is to “get right on the homework,” when he gets home. “I’m busy all year round,” which includes playing baseball and basketball on traveling teams in the summer.
While Richardson enjoys all three sports, “I have a dream to go to college to play basketball,” he said.
While there, he wants to learn how to be a sports broadcaster.
When Richardson has free time, he watches SportsCenter, listens to music and plays video games “now and then.”
Asked why he thinks he is accomplishing so much at 15, Richardson has a ready answer.
“I grew up in a family where I was taught to work hard and be successful,” he said. “We’re a strong family and we stand up for what we believe in.”