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DK's Hit of the Week

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© (USA Today) Shaq Richardson celebrates the Wildcat dramatic win in the New Mexico Bowl. © (USA Today) Shaq Richardson celebrates the Wildcat dramatic win in the New Mexico Bowl.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Every week this season I took a supreme defensive/special teams play from the Arizona Wildcats football games and anointed it as my Hit of the Week.

In case you missed it, our top honor from the Wildcats stunning come from behind win in the New Mexico Bowl went to junior cornerback Shaquille Richardson from Carson, CA (Los Alamitos).

Shaq is by far the hardest hitter on the Cats defense. He took home my top hit honor in each of the last two games giving him a season-high three wins for the season (Oregon, Arizona State and Nevada).

Richardson, linebacker Marquis Flowers and defensive end Reggie Gilbert combined to win Hit of the Week in seven of the 13 weeks.

Once again this is my contest so I make my own rules. Shaq's winning hit versus Nevada, much like his winning hit against Taylor Kelly in the Arizona State game, was ruled a penalty on the field.

In most instances a hit that is ruled a penalty will not be eligible for Hit of the Week. Unless of course, I disagree with the referee's call. Like I said, my contest, my rules.

For the second straight game I disagreed that Shaq's smack on a quarterback, this time the Wolf Pack's Cody Fajardo, was targeting as it has come to be known.

The play in question occurred on Nevada's final touchdown drive of the game. You make the call. I'm sure most of you already have.

No question, Shaq knows how to smack.

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