QB Jack Richardson stands out in Stanford spring game, lands a scholarship

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Stanford quarterback Jack Richardson awarded scholarship after Spring Game: ‘I just got done being in tears’

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Pac-12 Networks’ Evan Moore interviews Stanford quarterback Jack Richardson after the Cardinal and White Spring Game Saturday in Stanford. Richardson revealed he was put on scholarship after the spring football game.

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Stanford quarterback Jack Richardson awarded scholarship after Spring Game: ‘I just got done being in tears’



Nobody was happier after Stanford’s spring game than the team’s only standing quarterback, Jack Richardson.

Not only did he throw two touchdown passes for the Cardinal (offense) in a 24-16 victory over the White (defense), he also was given a scholarship starting with his third year on campus.

The other players erupted in applause when head coach David Shaw announced the move in a huddle after the game at Cagan Stadium. Shaw didn’t mention the scholarship to reporters afterward, other than to say, “We’ll take care of Jack.”

Richardson affirmed the scholarship. Naturally, he couldn’t stop smiling.

“For the most part, I did a good job,” he said after his 21-for-30, 178-yard performance. “There were a few things to clean up on the mental side in terms of getting to the right play.”

With starter K.J. Costello recovering from hip surgery, backup Davis Mills recovering from a knee injury and Keller Chryst on his way to Tennessee as a graduate transfer, Richardson was the only quarterback in action this spring.

“He had a big job shouldering the entire load by himself,” offensive coordinator Tavita Pritchard said. “I can’t say enough about him. He did a phenomenal job.”

Shaw called Richardson “the most improved player on the team. From where he was when he walked on the campus, he’s bigger, stronger and more athletic. His arm is stronger.”

Richardson’s improvement takes the pressure off incoming freshman Jack West to immediately serve as the No. 3 quarterback, Shaw said. Richardson “can come into a game if he needs to.”

The defense was given points for stopping the offense at various points on the field. Both units were shorthanded — the offense was without tailbacks Bryce Love and late scratch Trevor Speights and center Jesse Burkett, and the defense was missing linebackers Bobby Okereke, Curtis Robinson, Joey Alfieri and Sean Barton, among others.

Cameron Scarlett handled much of the rushing load, gaining 111 yards on 18 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown run.

Fullback Houston Heimuli made a one-handed catch of a 5-yard touchdown pass.

“We had worked on that route multiple times after practice,” Richardson said. “To come out today and run it as it was drawn up, we were both excited about that.”

Wide receiver Connor Wedington caught a 22-yard TD pass and was the day’s top receiver with five catches for 68 years.

The game ended with Richardson’s only interception, by cornerback Noah Williams, who returned it up the sideline only to be decked by an offensive player.

Shaw pointed out that, by the rules of the game, the play was dead on any turnover. “There was a little unnecessary contact at the end,” he said. “It’s not the worst thing in the world. But we want to take care of each other a little better than that.”

Scarlett said of the offense-defense rivalry, “We like to chip at each other a little bit. We spend so much time with each other. We’re all so close that when we get a chance to go against each other we take it pretty personal. It’s love, but at the end of the day it’s a rivalry.”

Tom FitzGerald is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: tfitzgerald@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @tomgfitzgerald

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