Roughriders add beef to line and speed to backfield

02/21/03 Roughriders Press Release

The Bismarck Roughriders of the National Indoor Football League have the announced the signing of offensive lineman, Rick Richards and runningback, Eddie Torrico for the 2003 season.

The first being Offensive Lineman Rick Richards.  The 6' 6" 340lb Richards originally from Sacramento, California played his college football for Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Following his career with the Tigers Rick spent some time in camp with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.  Rick spent the 2001 season with the Memphis Maniacs of Vince McMahon's XFL.

"Rick is going to be one of the anchors on our offensive line. He has great size and will be an important part of both our passing and running games," Head Coach Luke Shafer.

Also coming to terms with the Riders is Running Back Eddie Torrico.  The 6' 1" 215lb Torrico played his college football for the University of Rhode Island Rams.

"Eddie looks very impressive on film and should be a good fit in our system.  He's a strong guy with 4.5 speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield.  Eddie is very athletic and is a guy with all the tools needed to get a look from the next level," said Head Coach Luke Shafer.

The Riders open camp on March 1st, and begin their season March 15th in Billings, Montana against the Outlaws.

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