Richardson Seizes the Moment

Entering the 2003 season, fans were anxious to see wide receiver Terry Richardson perform. After a stellar redshirt season on the scout team and a fine spring practice, many expected the former Centennial high school star to be an integral part of the team's passing game. It may have taken a little while to materialize, but Richardson told DevilsDigest it was worth the wait.

"After the way I played in the spring, anybody would be disappointed not playing a lot in the first two games," says the redshirt freshman who's second only to Skyler Fulton in receiving yards (123). "You want to go out there and help the team and put up good numbers. I kept on working hard, and now that I am playing a lot – that's all that counts. We just have a lot of good receivers on the team, and you have to wait your turn. When they need you, you have to be ready to step up and get the job done. Hopefully at the end of the season I'll be a starter."

Last Saturday, Richardson had his best game as a Sun Devil catching four balls for 79 yards. Nevertheless, he states that he's not complacent about his latest performance. "I felt confident out there (vs. Oregon State) like a I did against Iowa," exclaims the wide receiver. "I feel like I can do better and better every week. I just keep on trying to prove myself in practice. If you make it second nature in practice, Saturday's are that much easier. I'm just trying to do as much as I can, same thing for this week."

When analyzing the current struggles of the Sun Devil offense, many have singled out the wide receiver unit as the main culprit. Richardson replies to those claims. "I don't know what the problem is. I think it's a chemistry thing. Some people will try and make excuses and point fingers at a certain positions on the team. But we have a good receivers core. I've been saying that from the beginning of the season, and I'll keep on saying that until the end. We're gonna get ours, and when we start rolling they're won't be anybody that can stop us."

"Last week we had a good week of practice," continues Richardson. "And it's going the same way this week. We don't know what it is on Saturdays. We just have to duplicate what we do here in practice to Saturdays. Offense has to stay on the field longer, that's all I know."

Just like dozens of players on the team who hail from Southern California, Richardson is very anxious to play the Trojans. "It's hard to keep emotions aside," says Richardson. "I just look at USC and I smile thinking about all the guys I'll go up against. I've known guys like (USC RB) Hershel Dennis since Pop Warner. I like this rivalry a whole lot. It's right behind U of A." While he claims that there hasn't been much pre-game smack exchange between him and Dennis, that's not to say that other family members are avoiding the fray. "Our parents work with each other, and they've been talking and relaying messages all week (smile). It's lots of fun."

Terry Richardson knows that a win on Saturday could do wonders for an ASU team, which has been heavily scrutinized from the beginning of the 2003 campaign. "A win would symbolize a turning point now," he says. "People think we're in a slump right now, and we sorta of are. The offense still has to prove that we can have a break out game. A big win and a dominating performance could really turn this season around." The wide receiver has managed to reverse his fortunes. Now it's time for the rest of the team to catch up.

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