Hi everybody, and welcome to our weekly Arizona Wildcats football chat. Before we tune in to Oregon-Arizona State tonight, we'll chat a bit about the Wildcats' showdown with Washington. Both teams are 3-3 but struggling in conference play; whichever team wins will position themselves nicely for the second half of the season. Let's get started: I'll answer as many questions as I can in the next hour or so.
Great question — one that, I'm sure, Rich Rodriguez wishes he could answer. The Wildcats' defense is still woefully thin, players are dropping like flies, and reinforcements are about a year away. Defensive end Kyle Kelley, arguably the team's best true freshman, is committed to redshirting, and Rodriguez told me last week he won't mess with the scheme. So, basically, I think Arizona's going to have to rely on winning shootouts the rest of the way. Will their defense improve? It can't get that much worse, right? But I don't see the Wildcats winning unless they can score 30 or more points per game.
I think Ka'Deem Carey is one of the few players on Arizona's roster with a real NFL future (the others, IMHO, are tackles Mickey Baucus ad Fabbians Ebbele and maaaybe Shaq Richardson or Jonathan McKnight). Speaking of McKnight — see what I did there? — Carey reminds me an awful lot of Jonathan's older brother, Joe, a former USC standout who's now a backup with the Jets. Ka'Deem's big (enough), explosive and athletic; his pass-catching and blocking have been works in progress, but he continues to get better. And few players on the team seem to love/care about football more. If Ka'Deem can keep this up, he'll be a top-half-of-the-draft pick and a guy who can contribute — maybe not on every down, but enough to make some decent money in The League.
He didn't address it during the presser, so I asked him afterwards. Jake sorta shrugged. He's going to play.
I think he'll run more this week, yes, but I doubt we'll see him carrying the ball as much in the second half of the season as he did in the first three games. Ka'Deem Carey's too good not to work the ball his way, and Scott's too valuable to expose to more bone-crunching.
In my opinion? Yes. Next season is when fans will see the growing pains that most teams have in the first year of new coaching staffs. Even if BJ Denker starts at quarterback — and that's a big if, I think, because of the talent coaches are going to try to bring in — the team will look (and play) much differently.
Arizona will release its weekly injury report this afternoon. Tevis will likely be listed as questionable. I personally can't see him playing Saturday.
2, 3 years? Arizona's depth and talent problems weren't caused all at once, and won't be fixed all at once. (Gosh, now I sound like Rodriguez). This staff needs time to woo, sign and develop players. That usually takes a while.
I think they want at least one more quarterback. Scott's numbers (and exposure) are allowing Arizona access to players who probably didn't even consider the UA a few months ago, and that's a good thing. Don't be surprised to see the Wildcats pursue more pass-first quarterbacks than pure runners. Scott's shown what QBs can do through the air in this system.
"Root" might be a bad term for it … I think USC will have enough people pulling for a win in Tucson.
They're as thin and inexperienced on offense as Arizona is on defense, with one caveat: The Huskies have a handful of stars (QB Keith Price, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins)
that can sometimes hide their lack of depth.
I'd certainly like to see ASU make it a game, but I think Oregon wins, and big. Consider: ASU's first six opponents are a combined 6-17 this year; their strength of schedule through six weeks ranks 115th nationally. Arizona, by comparison, is 2nd.
I wouldn't worry about him going anywhere, at least not after Year 1.
1: I'd hope its a guarantee. Fans won't be able to complain about the start time, that's for sure. 2: I'm curious what the public reaction to a Washington loss would be. I'd like to think most fans would understand that this is a rebuilding/transition year, but fans can be funny.
Naw. Oregon's VERY good, and has made better teams look bad. I think we'll have a much better idea after 9 or 10 games; Arizona schedule gets easier, and the Devils' gets tougher.
Nope. The UA decides in the morning, and there's no advance notice. Fortunately, most of the players they select are insightful/interesting. But there are days, sure, when I'd prefer to talk to someone else.
Kyle Kelley can be a star, I think, but he's redshirting.
you mean, you've seen him fumble? I don't think its a hand-size issue. He rushes things sometimes, and the ball tends to squirt out. I think his last two fumbles on passes have come on fourth downs. Maybe he's rushing it.
Keep an eye on Greg Hansen in the next few days.
Yes. Trey will definitely redshirt.
It's a personality thing. Magee is outgoing and very quotable, and — frankly — has more to brag on than Casteel. Casteel is quieter.
Agree on Chuck Osborne. Too soon. As for the second half of your question, i think 2-3 years is about right before fans can honestly expect Arizona to compete for its division. USC, UCLA and even ASU have all been looking pretty good of late.
Not sure I agree. Now, if ASU waxes Arizona in the rivalry game …