Former Vols wide receiver (a term used lightly here) Nu’Keese Richardson was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The #Colts signed talented WR Nu’Keese Richardson, who attended 3 colleges and was charged with armed robbery while at Tennessee.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2014
Richardson was one of the most infamous players from the short-lived Lane Kiffin experiment at Tennessee.
Kiffin and then Florida coach Urban Meyer both recruited Richardson heavily. When the Vols signed him over Florida, Kiffin proceeded to not-so-humbly brag about it publicly. He even accused Meyer of cheating to get Nu’Keese, noting that Urban still didn’t land the coveted wide receiver (an accusation that isn’t far fetched, but you must also consider the source).
Richardson’s career at Tennessee was cut short after he, along with two Vol teammates, committed armed robbery in Knoxville. He was kicked off the team shortly thereafter. Richardson finished his Tennessee career with eight catches for 102 yards and one touchdown.
After his time as a Vol, Richardson attended Hampton University and Pikeville.
Obviously Nu’Keese, a speedy guy with a 5’10″/170 lb frame, has always had great talent. At just 23 years old, Richardson is still plenty young enough to play the game.
But will he have an impact?
It’s unlikely, considering he’s never made much of an impact anywhere since he was in high school.
Richardson was likely signed as camp body by the Colts. Considering their depth at wide receiver (former Tennessee receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who was also infamously kicked off the team, is fifth or sixth on the depth chart), it’s doubtful he’ll ever make it beyond the practice squad.