DANIEL RICHARD OZARK

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS -

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.

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