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Hi everybody, welcome to the latest — and last — in our series of weekly UA football chats. As we type, the Wildcats are holding their first practice in Albuquerque. They'll face Nevada in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, held at University Stadium. Fire away with questions; I'll take as many as I can in the next hour or so. Ready … go!
I think they're excited to be here, though reading a team's "mood" can often be a tricky deal. Ka'Deem Carey's assault on the rushing title, Matt Scott's final game under center and a national television audience are three pretty big motivators for this team. I think they'll be ready for Saturday, but I've been wrong before.
Like I said, I think so. There's a positive to playing such an early bowl game, and it's this: The team won't spend three weeks (or a month) lounging around. I think they're excited to play.
As healthy as he's going to be. Carey's going to play Saturday, and I doubt we'll see any lingering effects from the shoulder and collarbone injury he battled against ASU.
Great question, and something that I'm sure will be talked about plenty over the next year or so. Say Carey comes back, wins a rushing title and becomes a Heisman Trophy finalist. Would he leave? Possibly. But a LOT would have to go well for Carey to put himself in that situation. Look at it this way: If Carey is high-profile/good enough to leave early, it's probably because he and the Wildcats are having great success. A win-win.
Great questions so far. Keep firing away.
Gonna be cold in the mornings — it was 14 degrees when I landed here yesterday — and warming up to about 50 during the day. If you're tailgating, bring coffee, hot chocolate or other, ahem, warming liquids. It's gonna be brisk.
Sure looks like it. They've been practicing in red lids all week, and that's usually a good indicator. It makes sense, sartorially: Nevada wears navy helmets.
Yes, Nevada is practicing indoors. Arizona is practicing outside. It's not THAT cold right now. Low-40s.
I think BJ Denker, aka "Vanilla Vick", will be given every opportunity to start in 2013. Expect JC transfer Jesse Scroggins, a former USC player, and true freshman Anu Solomon to push him.
Great question. If Carey's healthy — and I think he is — he'll probably run for more. The Wildcats aren't bigger and faster defensively than many teams, but Nevada's one of them. (That's a really awkward sentence, I know. Sorry).
That's the million-dollar question this week. Arizona has struggled to stop the run and other lead-option/read-option attacks all year (remember UCLA? Oregon?). But the Wildcats seem to be bigger and faster on defense than their Mountain West Conference opponents. That's a good sign.
My guess is no. They drew 25,000 last year. Arizona will be lucky to bring 3,000 fans from Tucson. I'd put attendance right at 25,000 or so.
My guess, based on a small sample size, is that fans are split about 50-50. Arizona won't travel well, per se — there's a basketball game Saturday night, and the NM Bowl doesnt have the name recognition of some others —but you'll probably see some red in the stands.
They'll stick with the offense, Randy. There really hasn't been enough time since the ASU game to put in new "wrinkles" anyway.
Probably not, but everybody's sort of banged up at this time of the year. They're going to need him to deliver Saturday; he's arguably the team's biggest hitter.
Yes, Scroggins will be here for spring ball. Having never seen Scroggins, I'd give the early edge to Denker. Experience in the system is super-important, and Denker has some.
Late-rounds, if that. I like Matt Scott, admire his perseverance and think he's a great story. But he's probably too small to be an NFL quarterback. He'll play SOMEWHERE next year, just not the NFL.
You stop right there! I had green chile hashbrowns yesterday morning, and they were great. You don't know what you're missing.
Not off the top of my head, no. Most of the players/coaches will either be off or out of town because of Winter Break.
He won't. Expect Hall to choose a new school sometime before January, and to play there as a fifth-year senior next year.