Jake Richter standing out for MSU Moorhead
Jake Richter has heard the comparisons. He usually deflects the comments, praising his teammates and his coaches.
Richter hails from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, which is also the hometown of the NFL's top receiver, Minnesota Viking Adam Thielen.
Richter worked out with the Vikings Pro Bowler a couple of years ago.
"I haven't heard from him in a while, he's got bigger things to worry about right now. I'm just trying to make the most of my opportunities," Richter said.
The sophomore wide receiver has done that and then some for MSU Moorhead. Richter has racked up 64 receptions, 10 of those going for touchdowns. He was named to the Northern Sun Conference first team at wide receiver.
One of his receptions was a jaw dropper, catching it over the shoulder of a MSU Mankato defender. The catch was so good it landed on ESPN's Sportscenter's Top Ten Plays.
Richter has been the highlight reel player Dragons' head coach Steve Laqua has been searching for.
"When you watch him play and practice, it's like the catches he makes are a dime a dozen, it's just wow, that's impressive, he's done it again," MSUM head football coach Steve Laqua said.
Richter surprised everyone this season after playing just two games in 2017 because of an ankle injury. He says he knows how quickly the game can be taken away from you and has used that as motivation going forward.
"This season has definitely been a step in the right direction for me and this program, we're excited for it, we've been working for it, we're excited for it to go and get it," Richter said.
MSUM ends a 24-year postseason drought Saturday, Dec. 1, when the Dragons face Missouri S&T in the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
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