RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - When Richmond football takes the field in the spring, expect St. Christopher’s graduate Justin Jasper to be a big part of the Spiders' receiving corps.
Jasper is entering his redshirt sophomore season, after appearing in 11 games during the 2019 campaign. He pulled in ten receptions for 134 yards and his first collegiate touchdown during that span, and now has a good foundation on which to build.
“As one of the older guys in the room, I just want to take it upon myself to bring the young guys along, really work hard to make our room the best room on the team, best room in the conference,” Jasper said.
“Now it’s time for him to take and expand the role, a leadership role, and become a really good player and I think he can,” added Richmond head coach Russ Huesman.
The unconventional spring gave the former Saint some time to focus on his game, not necessarily the physical and X’s and O’s aspects of it, but from the neck up.
“I honestly looked at quarantine as an opportunity to focus on the mental side of football,” Jasper noted. “It’s just working on staying focused, blocking out distractions and really just being goal oriented, but also being willing to commit to the process of getting better.”
“It was more of a consistency thing with him,” Huesman said. “He’d have a great play one time and then not a great play. He’d have a mental mistake. It’s now time for him to be consistent and we know when his number is called that he’s going to do what he’s supposed to [do], he’s going to be where he’s supposed to be and we think that’s where he is right now.”
Another big part of Jasper’s hopeful breakout is the chance to play Division I college football in his backyard. Once fans are permitted back into the stands, Jasper will have quite the cheering section at Robins Stadium.
“I have family members stop by, old high school teachers, middle school teachers even, so it’s cool to still be in the community.”
As for the upcoming season, the wide receiver knows that if he’s better, the team will elevate its game as well.
“I would just hope for myself to help be as good as they can because that’s all that I want is a championship.”
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