DANIEL RICHARD OZARK
Daniel Richard did not have to volunteer his time to be a student assistant for the seventh-grade football team, but the two-way starter for the Ozark Hillbillies wanted to repay what had been given to him.
“When I was a young kid, we had seniors who were student assistants that helped me and gave me someone to look up to,” Richard said. “I wanted to give back. I wanted to show them that hard work and dedication could make anything possible.”
Richard, 5-9, 180, overcame a hamstring injury during his sophomore season to become offensive and defensive forces by the time his senior season rolled around. He compiled more than 1,000 yards of total offense, earning all-conference and all-state honors.
“The first part of the season I liked defense better,” Richard said. “But when I got moved to running back, I began to like playing offense more. We had a lot of injuries at running back. I played mainly at receiver but I asked to play running back because I felt like I could be an asset at that position.”
In a game against West Fork, Richard rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns. He also hauled in a 39-yard TD reception in a 39-6 victory.
Richard finished with 13 rushing touchdowns his senior season.
Richard also scored in the classroom, posting a 31 on the ACT. He will attend the University of Central Arkansas this fall and major in occupational therapy.
“I want to get into the health field and I mainly want to help kids,” Richard said. “I’m very passionate about it.”
Richard was a member of the Chess Club, although he admitted he was not nearly as competitive at chess as he was with football.
“To be honest with you, I wasn’t really that great at [chess],” Richard said.