2001...No other player has accumulated more career starts (31) along the offensive line than one of the programs top lineman in history ... started all 11 games last season after starting the last seven games of his freshman season and 11 of 12 games in 2000 ... epitomizes the definition of an offensive lineman ... has the potential to be one of the nation?s top linemen in 2002 ... named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the league?s coaches ... also named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 Second Team ... probably the most consistent player in the trenches ... earned three ?bone? awards to tie with center Toby Cecil for O-Line lead ... makes other players around him better ... also has off-the-field leadership capabilities ... good voice for the team in terms of motivation and leadership.
2000...Sophomore who started 11 games at guard and tackle ... started final nine games of year at right tackle ... began year with start at right guard in lidlifter versus New Mexico ... also started at right guard against North Texas ? honorable mention All-Big 12.
1999...Worked way into starting lineup as a true freshman ? started last seven games of the season, four of them victories ? Tech rushed for over 200 yards in the three games he started ? first true freshman to start under Spike Dykes.
High School...Lee High School in Midland, Texas ? recorded 105 pancake blocks including a school-record 16 in one game ... key blocker for offense that averaged 365 yards per game ... helped lead team to the Class 5A Division II state championship with a 15-1 record ... class 5A first team all-state by TSWA ... team finished 10th in USA Today?s final national rankings ... listed by SuperPrep as a southwest top 50 selection ... named a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44 selection ... one of the Austin American Statesman?s Fab 55 picks ... a state top 100 selection by the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ... one of the top 60 recruits in Texas by National Recruiting Center ... All-West Texas Super Team ... All-Permian Basin ? High School Coach: John Parchman.
Personal...Rex Richards ... born October 17, 1980, in Midland, Texas ... son of Jan and John Richards ... majoring in exercise and sport science.