BYU tight end Steven Richards out for year with knee injury


BYU tight end Steven Richards is out for the season after going down with a knee injury Monday.

BYU players works out during an NCAA football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Provo, Utah. BYU running back Jamaal Williams withdrew from the school last week due to personal reasons. The offense must now adjust without their most talented running back. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
BYU players work out during football practice Aug. 12, 2015. Tight end Steven Richards was injured at practice on Monday and will not play this season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement after practice Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt freshman was running a route when he dropped to the turf untouched. He’s scheduled to have surgery on his right knee.

Mendenhall says Richards was No. 1 on the depth chart among traditional tight ends on the roster. The Cougars also employ sets that use more pass-catching tight ends that get flexed out wide away from the offensive line.

Mendenhall says Bryan Sampson, Tanner Balderree and Theodore King are in the mix to replace Richards.

Quarterback Taysom Hill is confident in the depth at the position and says he doesn’t expect any scheme changes due to the injury.

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