Richard Seigler

Richard Seigler

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

High School:
Chaparral

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 238

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
10/19/1980

Experience:
3V

PERSONAL—Born 10/19/80 in Las Vegas, NV...son of Lloyd and Lisa Seigler...his father is a welder...lives with his grandmother, Nancy Kittleson...has five brothers and three sisters, Bobby, 21; Kevin, 20; Shon, 17; Lloyd, 13; Leah, 11; Lona, 10; Lawrence, 8; and Liza, 7...he is in the College of Liberal Arts and is a sociology major...enjoys basketball and fishing...Allen Iverson is his favorite athlete...signing a letter of intent to attend OSU was his top athletic thrill as a prep...selected OSU because, “of a chance to play in the Pac-10 and with Coach Dennis Erickson.”

OSU—(2003—Senior)—Richard has already accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game at San Francisco’s Pacific Bell park on January 10, 2004...The Sporting News has selected Richard as the ninth best middle linebacker in the nation...he is a preseason first team All-Pac-10 pick by Athlon Sports...he is one of 36 preseason candidates on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, awarded annually to the nation’s top defensive college player...he is also one of 39 preliminary candidates for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the top lineman in college football...Richard was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection at middle linebacker as a junior...he has been a three-year starter for Oregon State with 36 consecutive starts...he was the only freshman to start for the Beavers on the 2000 Fiesta Bowl squad...Richard has logged more playing time than any player on the OSU roster...Richard has produced 940 career defensive points, which puts him fifth on the Beavers’ career defensive production point list and on track to become OSU’s all-time leader after his senior season in 2003...Richard has recorded 264 career tackles, including 164 solo...he has 4 ½ career sacks and 35 ½ tackles for loss...he has caused one fumble and recovered two...he has broken up 12 passes and has six career interceptions for 117 yards and one touchdown...Richard served as one of four OSU captains during his junior year...he calls OSU’s defensive signals...with 12 regular season games scheduled in 2003, Richard has a chance to start more football games for Oregon State than any player previously...he could wind up with a maximum of 49 starts if the Beavers play in a bowl game and he started all 13 games...he has produced career weightlifting bests of 485 in the back squat, 370 in the bench press, 303.1 in the power clean and 297.6 in the push press...he has a 33-inch vertical jump and has been timed at 4.6 in the 40 at OSU.

(2002—Junior)—Richard, OSU’s starting middle linebacker, was honored by being named first team All-Pacific-10 Conference...he was also a preseason candidate for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker...Richard finished 10th in the Pac-10 tackles with a 7.6 average...Richard finished third on the Beavers’ season defensive point production list with 322 points, trailing Nick Barnett (421 ½) and Bill Swancutt (322 ½)...his 322 points tied for 22nd on OSU’s single-season point production list...he produced 99 tackles in 2002, including 55 solo...he has 12 ½ tackles for loss and three huge pass interceptions... Richard, the Beavers’ top defensive point producer in 2001, opened the 2002 campaign with another solid performance...he produced 40 defensive points vs. Eastern Kentucky with seven tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass interception that he returned 32 yards to set up an OSU touchdown in the second quarter. Temple—Richard topped OSU in point production against Temple with 38 points, coming on 13 tackles (five solo) and three tackles for loss. UNLV—Richard produced 27 defensive points against UNLV with seven tackles (five solo) and he recorded ½ sack with Nick Barnett. Fresno State—Richard set the tone for the game by returning a 65-yard pass interception for a touchdown during the second offensive series by the Bulldogs...it was his first career touchdown...he had 25 defensive points vs. the Bulldogs. USC—Richard produced 30 points on nine tackles (eight solo) and a tackle for loss. UCLA—Richard was OSU’s top point producer on defense in the UCLA game with 36, coming on 14 tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss and quarterback hurry. ASU—Richard produced 16 defensive points against Arizona State with two solo tackles and a pair of tackles for loss. California—Richard produced 18 points with seven tackles (four solo) and a quarterback hurry...he failed to record a tackle for loss against the Bears, stopping a streak of 10 straight games with a tackle for loss. Arizona—Richard produced 19 defensive production points in the Arizona game with five tackles, a quarterback hurry and tackle for loss. Washington—Richard produced 37 points with 17 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Stanford—Richard had 23 ½ defensive points at Stanford, including a key interception on the 1-yard line to stop a Cardinal TD. Oregon—Richard produced 17 defensive production points vs. the Ducks with five tackles and two quarterback hurries...Richard is a unique middle linebacker as he has sprinter’s speed and is a tough, hard-nosed, sure tackler…he is very durable…in addition to his ability to stop the run, Richard also does a tremendous job in pass coverage…Richard is a strong leader...he certainly has all of the necessary credentials to rank as one of the nation’s top linebackers...during winter conditioning, Richard posted weightlifting bests of 475 in the back squat, 360 in the bench press, 303 in the power clean, 276 in the push press and he produced a 33-inch vertical jump. (2001—Sophomore)—After a banner freshman season in which he earned first team Freshman All-America honors, Richard had an even better sophomore season...he led OSU in defensive point production with 325 points, which ranks 19th on OSU’s all-time single-season defensive point production list...he started all 11 games at middle linebacker and was seldom off the field...he produced 93 tackles (54 solo) and ranked fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in total tackles...he had 16 tackles for loss, which ranked second in the Pac-10...he had two sacks, caused a fumble, recovered two fumbles, broke up two passes and had a quarterback hurry...he was selected honorable mention All-Pac-10 by the conference coaches...he had a sensational game on the road at Arizona State when he established two school records...he broke the OSU record for defensive production points with 81 vs. the Sun Devils, plus he registered a school record seven tackles for loss in the game...he also had one sack eight solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and a fumble recovery...he opened the season at Fresno State with 26 defensive points with eight tackles and two tackles for loss...he had the lowest point production mark of his career the following week at New Mexico State with only three points and three assisted tackles...came back with 13 points vs. UCLA on five tackles...produced 37 points at Washington State with 18 tackles (seven solo) and one caused fumble...his 18 tackles were four away from the school record...produced 32 points vs. Arizona on seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack...produced the school record 81 points at ASU with 15 tackles (eight solo), one sack, seven tackles for loss and a recovered fumble...produced 35 defensive points vs. California with seven tackles, a tackle for loss and a recovered fumble...accounted for 31 points at USC on 11 tackles (10 solo)...produced 20 points vs. Washington with six tackles and two tackles for loss...had a team-high 32 points vs. Northern Arizona on seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass broken up...produced 20 points at Oregon on six tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass broken up...his game continued to improve during spring drills…he reported to spring drills as the No. 1 linebacker and totally established himself No. 1 at the position during the spring...Richard continued to get physically stronger…he posted weightlifting bests of 340 in the bench press and 410 in the squat.

(2000—Redshirt Freshman)—Richard started all 12 games for Oregon State as a redshirt freshman at middle linebacker and had a terrific season…he was rewarded by being named to The Sporting News freshman All-America team and to the Football News freshman All-America squad…Richard finished third on the OSU squad in defensive points with 293, coming on 72 tackles (55 solo), two sacks, seven tackles for loss, 10 passes broken up, three pass interceptions and two quarterback hurry plays…the one thing that marked his play all year was that Richard was very consistent…he opened the season with 18 defensive points vs. Eastern Washington with six tackles…had four tackles for 12 points at New Mexico…had a season-high 59 points vs. San Diego State, with eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, a pass interception and a quarterback hurry…produced 26 points vs. USC with nine tackles and a quarterback hurry…had 11 tackles and a tackle for loss at Washington for 26 points…had seven tackles and two tackles for loss and 29 points vs. Stanford…produced 23 points with six tackles and three passes broken up at UCLA…had four tackles and a pass broken up vs. WSU…had three tackles and a tackle for loss at California…had a big game at Arizona with six tackles, a pass interception and a pass break up…had four tackles and a sensational diving pass interception against Oregon in the Civil War for 20 points…he produced 16 points in the 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl with four tackles and two passes broken up…Richard entered spring drills coming off an impressive redshirt season at linebacker... he opened the spring as the No. 2 weak linebacker behind James Allen...Richard got a big break early in spring drills as Tevita Moala, No. 1 on the depth chart at middle linebacker, suffered a spring-ending knee injury (ACL) on April 8 during pregame warm-ups prior to OSU’s first scrimmage...as a result of Tevita’s injury, Richard moved to middle linebacker where he flourished during the spring...he had a sensational spring as he produced several sacks and tackles for loss...Richard has great speed, a trademark for OSU linebackers...he posted weightlifting bests of 395 in the back squat, 305 in the bench press and 258 in the power clean during winter conditioning.

(1999—Freshman)—Richard spent the 1999 season as a redshirt linebacker and played on the scout team...he definitely made an impression during the 1999 season and was regarded as one of OSU’s top redshirts...in fact, then defensive coordinator Willy Robinson made the following observation about Richard’s play, “he is a mean man and he runs fast.”

CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Las Vegas, NV—(1995-98)—Richard was selected first-team all-state as a wide receiver and linebacker and first-team all-conference (Sunrise) as a senior...selected Sunrise League defensive Player-of-the-Year as a senior...he was a two-year starter at Chaparral (4A school) at both wide receiver and linebacker...selected first-team all-division as a junior on offense and second-team all-division on defense as a junior and first-team all-league on defense...he played football his sophomore year at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas...also played basketball for the Cowboys...selected all-conference at forward as a junior last year while leading the Cowboys in scoring and rebounding...he played football as a junior for Jordan Phee and for Coach Ben Johnson as a senior... “Richard has amazing athletic potential,” said Phee. “He will succeed at whatever he does. He has natural ability to find the football. We probably had him playing out of position as a junior. We played him outside and he is more of a middle linebacker. He is a real hitter.”...Richard ran the 40 in 4.6 in high school...he was the leading receiver (yards) in the State of Nevada as a senior with 44 catches for 704 yards (16.0 average) and seven touchdowns in 10 games...caught 10 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns as a junior...on defense, Richard had 63 solo tackles and 40 assisted tackles as a senior, plus four quarterback sacks, three pass interceptions, blocked 2 kicks and he recovered three fumbles...in 10 games as a junior, he produced 45 solo tackles, 50 assisted tackles, seven sacks, blocked five kicks, intercepted five passes and recovered three fumbles... “He has great speed and athleticism,” said Johnson. “I think he is the prototype linebacker. He works hard. The only time we had him off the field was on the kickoff team as he was too valuable for us.”

Richard Seigler's Career Statistics
Year   GP  UT  AT  Total    For Loss/Yds  Sacks  Int
2002   13  55  44   99             7/27    .5     3
2001   11  54  39   93            16/44     2     0
2000   12  55  17   72          12.5/27     2     3
Total  36 164  100 264          35.5/98    4.5    6
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