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Late Growth Spurt Assists Rookie CB

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 15, 2012 – 3:13 pm


Rookie Redskins’ cornerback Richard Crawford was 5-foot-7 when he graduated from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif.

The major college football programs, in turn, passed on offering Crawford — a short-but-speedy defensive back and kick returner — a spot on their teams.

Two years later, Crawford — now four inches taller — had transferred from Saddleback Community College in California to Southern Methodist University, where he would continue to move up the lists of professional football scouts nationwide.

According to an October 2011 article from The Dallas Morning News, SMU coaches said it didn’t take long for a never-satisfied Crawford to catch on to the quickness of Division 1 football.

“It’s a confidence deal,” SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason said. “You have to have a short memory. We really had to work with him on that.”

Mason said that Crawford eventually developed into the team’s best cornerback.

“He’s really come a long way,” Mason said.

Crawford also impressed in the kick-return game. He tied the SMU school record for longest punt return when he juked and sprinted his way to a 92-yard score that proved to be the biggest play of SMU’s win over Central Florida last season.

Crawford’s all-around play impressed Redskins personnel, who selected the cornerback in the seventh round of last month’s draft. Crawford then quickly signed a contract with the team.

Here’s a video of some of Crawford’s highlights from SMU:



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