| Richard Hightower
5-8 · 185
Houston, Texas (Aldine MacArthur)
An athletic and speedy reserve wide receiver who excelled on UT's special teams units ... a versatile athlete who also worked at both defensive back and running back during his career ... earned UT's D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award as a senior ... played in 41 career games on special teams, including four bowl games (2000 & 2003 Cotton Bowls; 2000-01 Holiday Bowls) ... posted 24 career special teams tackles ... earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2002 and earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2001.
Appeared in all 13 games on special teams ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... UT's D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award winner ... registered eleven special teams tackles (three solo) ... recorded a pair of stops against Houston, at No. 17 Kansas State and in the 35-20 Cotton Bowl victory over LSU.
Saw action in all 13 games, including the Holiday Bowl, on special teams ... ... a second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... recorded eight special teams tackles (five solo) ... posted three stops against North Carolina ... added a two-tackle effort in the Big 12 Championship game against No. 9 Colorado ... the Longhorns limited their opponents to an 18.4 kickoff return average.
Saw action in all 12 games, including the Holiday Bowl, on special teams ... posted three tackles on special teams ... helped UT limit opponents to an average starting field position of the 20.9-yard line and a 15.8-yard kick return average (57 returns).
Played in three games, including the Cotton Bowl ... posted two tackles and a fumble recovery ... saw action against Stanford, Texas Tech and Arkansas ... redshirted in 1998.
Coached by Bob Alpert and Terry Forgan at Aldine MacArthur High ... first-team all-district selection as a senior ... posted 97 tackles, four interceptions and two caused fumbles that season ... earned honorable mention all-district honors as a junior after posting 29 receptions for 697 yards.
Born 9/15/80 in Houston ... full name is Richard Anthony Hightower Jr. ... majored in marketing ... a three-time member of the Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... his sister, Tracee, is a UT graduate ... cousin, Antonio Armstrong, played for Texas A&M and the Miami Dolphins.