CAREER: Fifth-year cornerback who is the veteran of the Notre Dame secondary ... joins Chindeum Ndukwe as three-time letterman among four returning Irish secondary starters from 2006 ... approved for extra season of elgibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as a rookie in 2002 ... has played in 36 games for the Irish, including 17 starting assignments ... has career totals of 115 tackles (85 solos), four interceptions (48 yards), 10 pass breakups, five tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks.
2005 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games at cornerback ... fifth on the team with 66 tackles (50 solos), including five tackles for loss (26 yards), three quarterback sacks (22 yards), one fumble recovery, three interceptions and two forced fumbles and broke up seven passes ... collected three solo tackles and one pass breakup versus Pittsburgh ... made five tackles (four solos) against Michigan ... had five tackles (two solos), including a quarterback sack (12 yards), and broke up a pass against Michigan State ... made three tackles (all solos) against Washington ... had a huge game in the win at Purdue, leading the team with nine tackles (all solos), recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass ... the fumble recovery ended a Purdue threat at the Irish two-yard line while the interception snuffed a Boilermaker threat in the Notre Dame end zone ... made six tackles (all solos), including one for a loss (four yards), and intercepted a pass against USC ... the pass interception came in Irish territory in the third period, ending a USC scoring threat ... had five tackles (three solos) and intercepted a pass against BYU ... made a team-high nine tackles (six solos), including 1.5 for losses (four yards), forced two fumbles, had one quarterback sack and broke up a pass in the win over Tennessee ... made six tackles (three solos) in the win over Navy ... made four tackles and broke up two passes in limited action in the win over Syracuse ... made seven tackles (all solos), including two tackles for loss (seven yards), and a quarterback sack for a six-yard loss in the win over Stanford ... had four tackles (three solos) against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... logged 286:25 of playing time with 90 special teams appearances.
2004 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, starting five ... posted 33 tackles (25 solos), intercepted a pass, forced three fumbles and broke up three passes ... had four tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass (returned it 32 yards) versus Michigan State, his first career interception ... made three tackles against Washington ... had three stops against Purdue ... forced a fumble to go along with five solo tackles against Stanford ... had one assist versus Navy ... made a career-high seven tackles versus Boston College ... made four stops at Tennessee ... had three solo tackles and a pass break up against Pittsburgh ... had two solo tackles and broke up a pass versus USC ... made a team-high 242 special teams appearances and logged 133:21 of playing time.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first monogram at Notre Dame ... saw action at cornerback in three games (Washington State, Stanford and Syracuse) ... finished the season with 16 tackles (10 solos) ... usually backed up Dwight Ellick and Jason Beckstrom at right cornerback ... made his first appearance for the Irish versus Washington State ... made first career solo tackle against Pittsburgh ... recorded two tackles on special teams versus USC ... had a then-career-high five tackles against Stanford ... played over 14 minutes against Stanford in the secondary ... first on the team with 243 special teams appearances and played 32:38 minutes on defense.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie cornerback.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School ... caught a team-high 12 passes for 180 yards as a senior in 2001 ... earned four letters in football at wide receiver and cornerback ... rushed 82 times for 361 yards and seven TDs, despite missing four games in 2001 ... a two-time all-league pick who was team captain as a senior ... became only the third four-year starter in Warner Robins history ... finished with career totals of 1,866 rushing yards, 24 receptions for 450 yards and 24 total TDs ... helped his team go 8-3 as a freshman, 10-2 as a sophomore and 11-1 as a junior ... scored two TDs as a junior against the top-rated team in the state, pushing Warner Robins to No. 1 ... earned three letters in track as a sprinter and hurdler ... a two-time conference and regional champion in track ... ran bests of 14.4 in 110-high hurdles and 38.0 in 300-intermediate hurdles ... born Feb. 18, 1984, in Sumter, S.C. ... full name is Michael Isaiah Richardson ... younger of two children ... a graduate of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing ... enrolled in graduate studies ... earned 3.167 grade-point average in `05 fall semester and 3.143 in `06 spring semester.