Elite Class Senior Spotlight: Richard McCauley, WR, Kansas Wesleyan University
Posted by: Jeremiah Wait @mrfootballwait, December 20, 2019
Richard McCauley is one of the most underrated wide receivers that you probably haven’t heard about yet, who will be attending the CGS (College Gridiron Showcase) from January 2-6 and is a 2020 pro football prospect. He helped lead Kansas Wesleyan to a 20-0 record in conference the past two years and a berth in the NAIA quarterfinals this past season. His ability to be multi-dimensional as a wide receiver (WR) has helped to separate himself from other players, as this was showcased by a 1st team All-Conference KCAC award this past season.
College: Kansas Wesleyan University (NAIA)
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-Where are you from
- I am from Edmond, Oklahoma.
–Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
- Through my life, I’ve had many people who have been there for me through everything. My wife Brooklyn, she’s been there through thick and thin. My mom has been there my whole life, as she’s always taken care of me and is the most selfless person that I know. She’s that mom who always looks after everyone else and makes sure that they’re okay before worrying about herself. There are many more people like my brothers, my church family, my dad, and etc. who have been a very supportive system that have played different roles in making me the person who I am today.
–What are you looking to gain from the CGS (College Gridiron Showcase)?
- At the CGS, I’m looking for an opportunity to compete. I’ve been put into a lot of situations where I thought I didn’t gain the best opportunities. However, those situations have sharpened me for this opportunity at the CGS. I want to be able to showcase what my abilities are and hopefully, gain invites to other opportunities to showcase my skills. I’m also looking forward to the competition and having scouts being able to see that I can play.
-What has been the biggest adversity you’ve faced in your life, and how did you deal with it?
- The most recent biggest adversity that I’ve faced in my life was during last spring ball, I wasn’t a player who had “all eyes” on him. I was 3rd-4th string on the depth chart and wasn’t receiving the most opportunities. Being in that position was really tough, but I remember taking it in stride. The spring game didn’t go as well as I wanted, so I worked super hard this summer. It showed this fall, as I earned the starting job at WR, and was able to become a 1st team All-Conference player in the KCAC. I came from a place where I wasn’t even in the two deep, and I was also able to lead my team in receptions.
-What is one weakness that you have as a person that you need to improve upon?
- I think the biggest weakness that I have that needs to be improved upon is sometimes, just staying more focused. I have to remember that I’m fighting for a job, and that I need to make sure that even though it’s okay to make friendships while playing, that in the end, each of us are fighting for the same thing. I need to continue to have the mentality that I’m trying to beat everyone out, because I’m already at a disadvantage, since I played at the NAIA level.
-Why do you love football?
- I love football because the joy that I’ve been able to gain out of playing. I was blessed to being my football playing career in the 6th grade. My dad came into my bedroom and had some football pants in his hands and was like, “Do you want to play football?” Through this moment, he introduced me to the greatest game in the world, and I’ve had so much joy from meeting people. I also love having fun and competing against my brothers.
-Who was the toughest player that you played against in college and why?
- The toughest player that I’ve played against in college was actually one of my own teammates, which was Jevaughn Codlin. The phrase “as sharp as iron” is something that applies to his game. He’s always about his business, and always is making sure that he’s doing the little things right. Being able to go up against him, since he was a defensive back (DB), we always competed and it made us better football players. I’m kind of the opposite of Codlin, because I’m more about having fun and staying loose in my game and interacting with my teammates. Seeing how he goes about his business however, has made me incorporate that more into my career, because I see how successful he’s been.
-Describe your college football playing career?
- My whole college football playing career could be described as a roller coaster. It had some ups, but in my opinion, it had a lot more downs. I almost gave up football, but God has placed some good people in my life, and has helped me to be blessed with having people to lean on to help me stay strong.
-When was a situation where you faced a bunch of adversity as a team, and how did you deal with it?
- A situation where I faced a lot of adversity was during my Junior year, we played Langston. It was our first game of the year where a team had put up a crazy fight against us. The game ended 15-9, but obviously as the score indicates, the game was a dog fight. Seeing a team who had players that were just as big, physical, and fast as us was awesome, because it really challenged us and our ability to come together as a team. We were down at the beginning of the game, but we came back as team and were able to win the game and move onto the next round in the NAIA playoffs.
-What separates yourself from other players at your position?
- I’m able to separate myself from other players at my position because of my focus. My impact on the game is also very beneficial, but my ability to stay focused has helped me to stay true to myself. You can impact the game in a lot of ways, but it’s tough sometimes as a WR when you’re not presented with that opportunity. However, you can still be very effective in affecting the game even if you aren’t catching passes, whether that’s through blocking or always going 110% and never taking a play off. You never know when you’re going to have that opportunity to make a big catch, or break off a short pass for a long touchdown. Being able to impact the game in different ways is something that I think helps separate myself from other players.
-What do you think needs to be improved the most with your game?
- I think that the biggest thing that needs to be improved with my game is my focus. I need to continue working on staying in the moment, as sometimes, I let other things affect my playing ability. I need to continue working on staying in the moment, and not letting the other things put me too far in the other direction. Being able to turn on the switch is essential to being successful in this sport.
-What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
- The most memorable play of my collegiate career was my one-handed catch in the Southwestern game during my senior year. It was a stop and go route, and the corner bit really hard on the “stop” part of the route. The safety came over to help on the “go” part of my route. I was on the outside of the safety, and the quarterback (QB) threw it on the inside. I had to reach around the safety and I grabbed it with one hand for the catch. It was an awesome thing to be a part of, because it really helped to keep the momentum in the game on our side.
-What is your definition of success?
- My definition of success is no matter how the world sees success, it doesn’t really matter. If you’re achieving your goals, or even just making progress on your goals, I consider that success.
-What is something interesting about yourself that many people don’t know about?
- I’m actually really good at chess. I love to play chess, as I was taught by my father my junior year of college. I’ve kept playing, and I’ve finally been able to beat him, so I have some bragging rights in the house.
-What keeps you motivated to play football?
- I stay motivated to play football because of my family. I know that with me playing football, it’s something that could help change my families life forever. Football can also provide my wife and I with what we need to provide for ourselves. I have a ton of family, so seeing my mother struggle with my younger siblings, I want tot be able to help her because she’s helped me so much with my playing career and supporting me with my dreams.
-What are three things that you feel that you need in order to be successful in football?
- 1. The first thing you need is a place to train at, because that’s going to get me to where I need to be as a football player. Training on your own just isn’t the same.
- 2. The second thing you need is continual support from everyone you love. I have people always supporting me and telling me that I need to have faith. Even if I’m down on myself, they’ve been there to correct me.
- 3. The third thing you need is determination. Having this is what playing football all comes down to. I have to want to do it, and I have to stay determined, motivated, and keep continuing to have faith in being able to get to where I need to be.
-What do you like to do for fun?
- I love to play basketball! It’s my safe haven, as during this past summer, besides lifting, most of my conditioning happened in the form of playing basketball. For the past fall camp, I was in the best shape of my life, and much of that I attribute to playing basketball. I also really love playing video games, as I have a GameCube, PS2, and a couple other gaming systems. Lastly, I love hanging out with friends and family.
-Who is your favorite NFL player and someone who you model your game after?
My favorite NFL player is Julio Jones. I actually don’t have a favorite NFL team, but I love watching WR’s. Jones is going to do what he needs to do, regardless of what it is. He’s a very selfless player and will do anything for his team. I model my game after him because besides having the same type of playing style, I look at myself as the same type of player.
-How would teammates and coaches describe you?
- My coach said I was a “do it all” WR, and that I will do what I need to do at all times. I will be where I need to be, catch the ball, make blocks, and do whatever it takes to help my team be successful. I was kind of put into the role of being a “possession WR” this season, and I really embodied it, because I was targeted a ton on third down. Gaining the trust of my teammates and QB was very important. I had a couple “home run” plays, but my team needed me as a possession WR. This just shows that I’m able to do different things and adapt.
-What is your favorite type of music?
- My favorite type of music is old school R&B, even though I like to listen to a lot of genres. I’m also a big J-Cole fan.
*Being able to interview Richard was an awesome experience for me. He has dealt with a lot of adversity in his life and has had to overcome many hurdles. I think that his playing career can really be exemplified by his final year in school, because he was able to finally be so successful after all of the work that he’s put into the game. Richard has great hands, speed, agility, quickness and is that player who you can trust when times are getting tough. He’s a born leader, and anyone who you talk to about him raves about his ability of being loving and selfless. Keep an eye out for him at the CGS in Fort Worth TX and in this years upcoming 2020 NFL draft, because he’s not afraid to do what it takes to be successful. As Richard put it, “Any team that is looking for someone that’s going to work, will be there every day in the moment, and learn as much as they can, I’m a guy that you should give a chance.”*