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Hi everybody — welcome to our latest Arizona Wildcats football chat. The UA, coming off a 38-35 loss to Oregon State, will travel to No. 18 Stanford this week to take on a physical, tough Cardinal team. Let's get started! Fire away, and I'll do my best to answer as many as possible — and as completely as I can — in the next hour.
I talked to Rich Rodriguez about that very point on Monday. NCAA rules state that the defense must give the kicker a place to land,at the end of his kick. That means no players are allowed near where his kicking leg lands after the attempt. Using that definition, Jonathan McKnight "ran into" OSU's Trevor Romaine last week. It seemed ticky-tack at the time, and led to a Beavers TD instead of a missed field goals. But the call was correct, to the letter of the law.
Agreed, though maybe not this season. Arizona's going to have to make do with the players it's using now.
The UA will release its weekly injury report soon, probably in the next hour. My guess is that S Jared Tevis and C Kyle Quinn will both be listed as questionable to play because of ankle injuries. Arizona may end up taking the longview with their recoveries: Remember, the Wildcats have a bye after this week. Sitting both against the Cardinal would give Tevis and Quinn 2 weeks to recover before the Oct. 20 game against Washington.
Exactly. Expect the Wildcats to stack the box and force Stanford QB Josh Nunes (pronounced NEW-ness, not noon-yez, by the way) to throw. But expect Stanford to find different ways to run the ball, too, after an embarrassing loss to the Huskies.
I think Washington was sky-high; the Huskies, like Arizona, seem to jump up and bite at least one ranked team at home every year. Washington played lights-out on defense, and was bailed out by at least 6 Cardinal drops and overthrows. It was a perfect-storm game at home, no less; I doubt Arizona can capture any of that mojo this weekend on The Farm.
Ankle and hip still hurt, but he'll play Saturday. He has to.
Their tackling's been surprisingly good this season, IMHO, but, yes, the Wildcats have focused on staying low, getting good "pad-level" and swarming the ball. It's their best chance of pulling off the upset.
Do we? Arizona wore a non-school-colored helmet for the first time in program history, and I think you saw exactly 1 note and 1 column about it. Uniforms, like marching bands, stadiums, etc., are part of college football culture. I think we give it the proper amount of attention.
Arizona's fast, compared to past seasons, but slow compared to what Rodriguez was used to at WVU and Michigan. The Wildcats' fastest freshman, J.T. Washington, is redshirting, and the UA hopes to recruit more speed moving forward. Rodriguez won't be happy until he has 10 backs and receivers that are as fast as Washington, or starter Ka'Deem Carey.
Yes. He's Arizona's new No. 3 quarterback, behind Matt Scott and B.J. Denker. i wouldn't be surprised if Morrison plays a bit of a larger role in the red zone, especially with Scott being so banged up. Assuming he can hang on to the ball, of course.
I think you'll see them do exactly what Washington did: Stack the box and force Nunes to throw. The Wildcats will probably blitz more, too, because they're so small up front. They're going to need to take chances, force turnovers and make plays on defense to win. Could be a long night for Wildcats fans.
Yes. Expect the Wildcats to have six or seven QBs on their roster next season. They're woefully thin right now.
I haven't, but I know enough to tell you that Tyler Williams can play. Arizona, as far as I know, is not recruiting him. He currently has offers from a handful of D-I programs, including Colorado and San Diego State.
Look, we all knew Arizona's defense wasn't going to be very good this season — especially after Adam Hall went down with an injury and Brian Wagner left the team. They're small — too small to hang with teams like Stanford — and probably too slow to run the 3-3-5 odd-stack defense the way coaches would like them to. Consider the Oklahoma State game to be the perfect template to win games: Arizona is going to allow yards and points. The defense needs to force turnovers and three-and-outs to stay in games.
Agreed, Jim. Fans won't like to hear this, but results are secondary in the first year of a rebuilding process. Rich Rodriguez got lucky that Matt Scott was on the roster, and the team's having success — in fact, they're ahead of schedule — because of the offensive talent that he inherited. That said, the Wildcats are probably running about half of what coaches would like to on both sides of the ball. The team will continue to grow within the system this year; it's unfair to judge the team by wins and losses until, maybe, 2014.
No news. Greg Byrne addressed the matter in his Wildcat Wednesday newsletter yesterday, and so I'll refer you to that. Luckily for fans, this game is on over-the-air television.
That's the question. The beauty of the 3-3-5 is that teams need to recruit just one "war-daddy" nose tackle instead of two defensive ends, but they're still the most rare of recruits. Keep an eye on Arizona's Tevin Hood going forward: He's a 300-pound kid with good instincts. He may grow into the position.
Agreed, but Stanford's O-line is pretty solid at seeking out backers. That said, I like Arizona's "gimmick" defense against teams with little/no time to prepare. I think it makes them a tougher "out", week to week.
Haven't heard anything. The UA is pretty close to full for 2013; any player it adds would have to be special, and would have to come with a corresponding move.
I agree more with you than Rick, though it's clear that he sees something we don't — maybe he just doesn't think Nunes is any good, and that most teams will follow the blueprint Washington used in the upset. I don't see Arizona winning this game without forcing three or four turnovers, a tough task given Stanford's size and skill.