Hey all! Thanks for coming by for the last chat of the season. We're less than 24 hours away from the AdvoCare V100 Bowl and there are plenty of good questions waiting for me here, so let's get started.
Nothing new and there likely won't be for a little bit. I suppose there's a slim chance Carey could make a decision right after the bowl game, but it's more likely he waits a week or two and makes his decision after consulting with his coaches and family. As of last night, Carey still hadn't received his paperwork back from the NFL draft advisory board and that will certainly play a role into the running back's decision.
I think it was a culmination of things with Allen, but Rodriguez didn't want to get into specifics and just left it as a violation of policies. There's a thought Allen's troubles are related to grades, but I haven't confirmed that. As for the BC defense, I'm not sure they have a "major weakness" but they don't have the speed and athleticism that the UA offense has and haven't played against a team that plays with as much tempo as Arizona. If the UA can string together some first downs and keep the ball moving, BC could have some issues keeping up.
I've never been to Fantasyland, that's in Anaheim, Calif., I believe, but if Randall played next season, it seriously wouldn't shock me. I'm not saying it's likely or going to happen, but Arizona would not bring him in if they didn't believe he could be an impact guy right away. I wouldn't pay too much attention to his JC numbers for a couple of reasons. First, his team wasn't loaded with talent and he wasn't playing with a lot of other D1 players. Secondly, he hadn't played in two seasons. He also admitted he didn't have a very good season. But I think the UA looks at his ability and tools more than his stats. All that said, I believe the job will be wide open and is Anu Solomon's to lose. If Solomon does everything that's asked of him and has a strong spring, I think he'll be the guy. That's based off things I've heard around the program. But I wouldn't rule out Randall, even if it does cost you a trip to FantasyLand.
Hey Tyshawn! Man I miss you in Crimson and Blue! An end-of-the-season chat would be after the final game, meaning it would be an "offseason chat." Pay attention to detail, TT. That was never your strong suit though. We'll meet again. As for the Cotton Bowl, never go against the (real) Big 12. Oklahoma State 44, Missouri 28.
From what I've seen, I wouldn't expect too much of a different look from the UA offense in terms of personnel. I think it'll be the guys you're used to. Putting more beef in the box isn't a bad idea, but I'm not sure they have more beef to put in the box. They're pretty undersized and Rodriguez hasn't hid that this year. There could be some different looks as far as schemes, but I don't expect much.
Someone didn't read my notebook from Sunday! Austin Hill won't play tomorrow. He's officially out. Watching him in practice this week, it's obvious he's still not 100 percent and they want to make sure they get him to that point for next season.
He needs to put on some weight, but 25-30 pounds is a bit high. And he's not just all the rage in Tucson, he's a legitimate four-star recruit, who will have an impact at Arizona. I'd also disagree with him not having to make a tackle at Salpointe. That's actually a strength of his. Against I-Ridge last year in the regular season finale, his ability to wrap up Tyler Williams in the open field (something not even Peoria Centennial could do) was the main difference in that game. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but I bet he could tackle a wet sock.
I don't see any of the assistant coaches leaving right now, but that can certainly change once all the coaching dominoes fall around the country. As for Penn State, that will totally depend on who gets that job once it officially opens.
PopRod! I really like that! Rhett's not a major prospect at the moment, but he's only a freshman at Foothills. There's no doubt he's probably smarter on the field than most high school quarterbacks, but he still has to develop physically. If he ends up being "PopRod's" size, then he'd surely become a prospect. I do think, no matter what, he'll probably play for his dad because that's been a dream of his.
Thanks, Eric. I haven't heard much as far as the conference schedule yet. That probably won't officially come out for another couple of months. One thing I heard earlier was that it was set up similarly to this year, which isn't ideal for Arizona. But there's time to tinker with it.
Definitely. Both backs are great and it is something fun to talk about, but the O-lines are going to be huge for this game. I think the BC O-line's play is a bigger factor. The reason I say that is because Carey has put up big games this year even when his line hasn't been great because he can create his own space and then make moves in the open field. Williams is more dependent on his line and needs holes to run. That comes straight from coach Steve Addazio's mouth. But the big boys up front have to play for both teams, no doubt.
I am a bit lonely! It was just me on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. David Kelly from Tucson News Now got in last night and was at the press conference this morning. Our Greg Hansen just touched down in Shreveport and will be in the press box tomorrow to file a column that will surely be better than anything I put together. Our wonderful photographer Kelly Presnell also got here today.
There will be quite a bit of depth there and it does seem like something has to give. I'm not sure who redshirts or moves to DB, but I'm sure there will be some moves. Deboskie is definitely a WR, but it wouldn't surprise me if Denson played some DB for Arizona and not WR right away.
It'll start with Scooby Wright, who will definitely be a starter for the second straight year. Cal transfer David Wilkerson and JuCo product Antonio Smothers will also challenge for immediate playing time because of their size and experience. DeAndre Miller, who redshirted this year, is a favorite of the coaching staff and made some strides this season. I wouldn't be surprised to see Derrick Turituri move full-time to defensive end, but am just guessing on that based on what I've seen this season. And then recruits Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware will certainly get a look in fall camp and could see a lot of time as true freshmen like Wright did.
The class is pretty much full at this point. That doesn't mean they won't add a couple more guys, but I wouldn't expect a lot of news from now until signing day in February. Arizona did most of its work in the summer, picking up the majority of their commitments then.
I'd hope most fans could name RB Andre Williams at this point. The Doak Walker Award winner and unanimous first-team All-American is a legit stud. Other than him, keep an eye on BC linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Both are seniors and have good size. They're the two leading tacklers on the team and will try to be all over Ka'Deem Carey. Left tackle Matt Patchan is probably the best pro prospect on BC from what I've heard. He's a transfer from Florida and is the anchor of BC's offensive line.
One of the best perks of being here for the bowl practices was being able to watch the entire sessions. Normally on campus, we can just watch the first 20 minutes and that's it. I would say the focus and intensity down here was pretty good. The guys seemed into it and Rodriguez's yelling was as loud as ever. Don't forget: The last time this team played, they were embarrassed (their words, not mine) and I think they're eager to get a win after that game. I'd be surprised to see an unfocused, lazy team tomorrow.
Advocare is a "multilevel marketing company, which sells nutrition, weight-loss, energy and sports performance products." Kinda weird, right? And I'll agree with your rankings. Higher than National University and definitely lower than Vizio.
Alright, I have time for one more question and you all know what it is. Here it comes...
I think it should be a fascinating matchup with two teams that play totally different styles of football. In the end, I think the UA gets it done. I'll go: Arizona 34, Boston College 25.
Thanks for participating everyone! It's always appreciated! Time to go eat some gumbo!