TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson hears the whispers. He knows the criticism swirling around the UA defense.
He knows there are critics to his game, too. They come with the territory. In the cornerback business, there's no room for bad beats, and there have been a few this year for both the Wildcats defense as a whole and Richardson individually.
"Theres been a lot of stuff, good and bad," Richardson said of the fans chatter. "I dont focus on it. But Ive heard a lot."
Richardson understands hes run hot and cold from game to game. He also wants everyone to know he and the team are doing all they can to get better.
More tape review. More observation and analysis. More preparation.
He also knows that a lot of the game is measured and dissected between the ears. Mental toughness is paramount; a lack of it can be devastating.
"Ive been pretty good about that, but then I learned that I still have progress to make," said Richardson, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior...