Freshman running back Cordarrian Richardson will know a few players on the other sideline when Memphis visits Spectrum Stadium this Saturday.
A former star at Memphis' Trezevant High School, Richardson knows several Tigers, particularly Tim Taylor, a freshman running back who played at Memphis East, and Tim Hart, a redshirt freshman linebacker from Memphis-University School.
"I wish we could have played in Memphis my freshman year, but it's all right," Richardson said.
UCF has high hopes for Richardson, who was one of the top signees of the freshman class.
"Cordarrian is a guy with a lot of talent," UCF coach Scott Frost said earlier this week. "When he really decides to go, he's tough to tackle and tough to bring down. Sometimes it takes freshmen a while to figure it out. Looking forward to the day he has it completely figured out because he's going to be a load to tackle."
All of UCF's running backs, Richardson included, will have expanded roles now that starter Jawon Hamilton has been lost with a season-ending injury.
"With Jawon being out, I know I've got to step up," Richardson said. "Me, Taj (McGowan), AK (Adrian Killins) and Greg (McCrae), we've got to stay focused. We know this is a big week coming up for us."
Richardson saw his first taste of action in the season opener against FIU, carrying the ball seven times for 24 yards and one touchdown. He had another four rushes for 15 yards at Maryland.
"I was pretty nervous when I first got out there, but I'm becoming more confident in myself," Richardson said. "I'm feeling more comfortable. Everything is slowing down for me. When I first got here, it was like everything was fast, fast, fast, but it's really slowed down."
And what did he feel like after getting that first college touchdown?
"I felt great after my first score," Richardson said. "At the first game, once I got the first hit, I was like, 'This is college!' This is a big difference from high school."