Richard Helepiko
Richard  Helepiko

Moreno Valley, Calif.

High School:
Moreno Valley



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Last updated on Dec. 5, 2012

2012 (Senior): Named to the 2012 All-Mountain West honorable mention team ... played and started in all 12 games ... most versatile offensive lineman on group that led the Bulldog offense which led the Mountain West in scoring (40.2), passing (322.6) and was second in total offense (488.5) ... started the first seven games of the season at right guard and the last five games of the regular season at center ... Fresno State averaged 47.2 points per game and 515.4 yards of offense in his five games starting at center ... part of offensive line that allowed Fresno State to tie for 12th nationally in scoring, rank 12th in passing and 14th in total offense ... the Bulldogs averaged 6.3 yards per play and 12.1 yards per completion behind the offensive line ... blocked for running back Robbie Rouse, who tied the MW record with nine 100-yard rushing games and quarterback Derek Carr who set a new MW record with three 400-yard passing games ... Carr was able to complete 68.1 percent of his passes and throw for 36 touchdowns ... part of offensive line that only allowed 22 sacks on 480 pass attempts - just 4.5 percent of the team's passes.

2011 (Junior): Played in eight games, starting each one of those contests at center ... helped the Bulldog offense average 411.8 yards per game ... guided running back Robbie Rouse to 1,549 yards rushing, a total that led the WAC and was the third most in a year in school history ... helped quarterback Derek Carr become the fifth Bulldog to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season ... Fresno State averaged 4.1 yards per rush, 12.7 yards per completion and 6.0 yards per play on the year behind the offensive line.

2010 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games and started two at center ... filled in nicely for Joe Bernardi when he was down with minor injuries ... worked his way up the depth chart in the spring, earning some reps with the first unit.

2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action at guard and on special teams.

2008 (Freshman): Redshirted.

High School: Led his team to the Inland Valley championship and CIF-Southern Section semifinals and a 10-3 record ... selected to play in the Navy Marine Corps Classic, which was shown live on ESPN2 ... selected first-team All-Inland Valley after spearheading an offense that averaged more than 27 points per game, had a 1,000-yard rusher and a quarterback who threw for more than 1,300 yards ... played left tackle at Moreno Valley ... lettered in football 2005-2007 ... senior captain ... MVP of teams offensive and defensive line ... All-CIF.

Personal: Born June 29, 1990 to Flora and Soane Helepiko ... has three younger brothers: Cody, Leland and Spencer ... cousin, Everett Thompson, plays football for Washington ... most admires his parents for telling him to never quit no matter what ... came to Fresno State because it was the best chance for him to advance ... majoring in criminology corrections.

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