I really don't see any of those guys going anywhere the next three years. Phillips and Grant should be staples of the UA offense the next two years. I've said this a couple of times to people this week, and we'll have to really wait to see, but Grant may be the team's best overall receiver. In my opinion, we saw a drastic improvement in game one from last year. He's quicker, stronger and so good after the catch. Phillips is Mr. Reliable. Griffey I think is still in the improvement stage, but they all seem to be OK with the rotation right now and staying fresher. Who knows what could happen, but I think that trio sticks it out.
Ware was set back by a shoulder injury. Rodriguez said this week it's unlikely he plays this season. He's back involved in practice and re-gaining his strength, but missed all of camp, and is just too far behind. Eventually, I think he can be a solid contributor for the defense. Cobb wasn't able to get to Tucson early this summer because of an NCAA hang up with his summer school, and it set his conditioning back. I think it's probably a longshot he plays this year, too. But for right now, I think what they have at the two OLB spots isn't changing.
I don't think you'll see Arizona abandon the run game. It's too important to what the Wildcats do. The reason a lot of those passes with the spread works is because the run game sets it up. Even if TJG doesn't play or isn't full go, the UA will still try to get the run game going with Nick Wilson and others. I think the 4 WR/1 RB set or 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB set are the two most likely tonight.
He left team after spring because of a medical condition. It forced him to stop playing football.
I can't see Randall going anywhere. This is already his third school, and he seems happy in Tucson. By next year, his grasp of the offense should be a lot better. Connor Brewer should also still be here, as should Brandon Dawkins, who is redshirting this year. Plus, they could still add a quarterback in this recruiting class. There should be plenty of depth at that position. But let's not get ahead of ourselves either. A lot could still happen this year and Solomon isn't done earning the job in Rodriguez's eyes.
That's a very good question. It's still TBD what the UTSA offense does very well. They only passed for 121 yards last week against Houston, and rushed for just 142. UTSA's top running back, David Glasco II, averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. They were able to handle Houston more because of Houston's mistakes and because of UTSA's strong defense. As proven and experienced as UTSA is at most positions, the Roadrunners still have questions at QB with Tucker Carter. I think they are a team that likes to mix it up and sustain drives with small chunks of yards each play. The biggest thing that could pose a problem is UTSA's very deep, very experienced, very talented offensive line.
I don't think the scheme is an issue in terms of pass rush. It's more of a personnel thing. The Wildcats are still searching for that big-time edge rusher that can get to the quarterback on all downs, but especially third downs. If the personnel is there, the pressure will be too. I think that's a reason we're seeing Trevor Wood move over to defense.
Whichever has less humidity! This Texas humidity is not for me!
Rodriguez didn't schedule any of these games in the first three years. That was all done before he got here. I believe the same to be true at ASU, who travels to New Mexico this weekend. But even long-term when it is Rodriguez's call, I'm not sure you'll see a huge shift in that philosophy even though we've been told it could change. With Arizona is right now and will be for the next couple of years, it needs three winnable games. Plus with a nine-game conference schedule, you usually get tested enough in league play.
I didn't think it was that unimpressive. He broke up a pass at the line of scrimmage and held his edge down decently. I do think you'll see improvement from him for two major reasons. One, he'll be fresher with Reggie Gilbert back and there will be a true rotation at DE, which is what the coaches want. Plus, he'll get more comfortable with the 3-3-5, which is a tough scheme to pick up according to the players. I think he'll be fine. Clay Matthews, he surely isn't though, so don't have too high of expectations.
Michas on the Southside! Chicken topopo salad all day! Though it's been way too long since I've been there. But they're friendly and you can't beat the food. A true Tucson gem!
Shalom, Rabbi! I think if Foles continues to have success, it will bring more attention to the Arizona program, but not sure if it will have a huge impact on recruiting, because he wasn't a Rodriguez guy. It's an interesting question though, and worth watching.
He looks like he'll be redshirting this season. I don't believe he dressed out last week against UNLV. Unless they want to try to something totally different, I don't think we see him tonight or this season. But redshirts are always subject to change w/out notice.
Greetings to the coach with more Big 12 Conference championships than home losses! I think it's too early to answer that, coach. We still have to see what Solomon is, and how much he can improve. Rodriguez and QBs coach Rod Smith continue to say that he's not close to reaching his potential and still has a lot of room to get better. If that's true, and he continues to be more dangerous, it would be hard to see him not be the guy. But, there's also this side of it. If he does get better, it could possibly help RR's recruitment at that position, and they could bring in some big-time talent there. Also, it will be interesting to see what they have in Brandon Dawkins. Good question. Just too soon to truly know.
Not yet. Ask me again in a month though. I still think USC is the favorite in the South. I don't know enough about ASU yet, and I think UCLA will be just fine.
I don't know! I'm in my hotel room talking to you all (or y'all) since we're in Texas. I'll let you know sono enough though.
It's so hard to pick against Stanford at home, but USC looked so good last week, I can't pick against them. I think the new up-tempo O really agrees with the Trojans. Those receivers are silly good. Especially JuJu Smith. The D is fast and physical. I like Oregon over MSU. Home field and Mariota being the two biggest reasons.
The "bonanza" at WR is not a bad thing. This is what the coaches have wanted. They want to roll guys in and out to get depth there and create an advantage over the opposing DBs, who do not sub in and out. I don't see Neal moving full-time, but Rodriguez said this week he still expects him to help out on the SWAT Team at some point, soon.
We could eventually see some packages designed specifically for Randall. But I think for right now the majority/all of the meaningful snaps will go to Solomon. They need to get him experience in all situations.
Thanks for the nice words! I was expecting Colorado to win that game, but maybe I shouldn't have. They are still a very big work in progress. I think the Buffaloes can still be improved from last year and win a few games, but they should have been able to beat CSU on a neutral field. As for Cal, I'm not sure on that one yet. But I think it was huge for them to win a game like that. It's amazing how much better a team can get after winning one game like that after losing all of them the year before. They'll likely be 2-0 and off a bye when they come to Tucson later this month. That no longer seems so innocent anymore.
I don't think he's ever kicked in a dome. He started kicking toward the end of his senior year of high school, and that's basically it. I don't think they had a real practice in the dome. Just a walkthrough. I was pleasantly surprised by his leg strength last week. We'll see if that holds indoors.
Really good question. Those two UNLV receivers are Pac-12 caliber guys in my opinion. But I expected Arizona's DBs to look better. If they struggle again tonight, it's logical to think it could be a problem throughout the year. The coaches definitely want to see improvement there against the Roadrunners.
I'm not sure it will be a "strong spot" but it can be better than it was in game one. Denson was active when he was in there, which wasn't that often obviously. He still has to get more comfortable with the scheme and seeing opposing offenses. But Rodriguez called him the "headliner of the class" for a reason. He'll be OK in time.