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Pac-10 Week 7 Notes and Observations: Arizona Wildcats

By Dave Consolazio, October 21, 2009 7:53 am

Arizona Wildcats 4-2 Overall (2-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Arizona 43 – Stanford 38

Next Week’s Opponent: UCLA


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Pac-10 Week 6 Notes and Observations: Arizona Wildcats

By Sam Saig, October 12, 2009 1:38 pm

Arizona Wildcats 4-2 Overall (2-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Washington 36 – Arizona 33

Next Week’s Opponent: Stanford


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Pac-10 Week 4 Notes and Observations: Arizona Wildcats

By Sam Saig, September 28, 2009 5:42 pm

Arizona Wildcats 3-1 Overall (1-0 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Arizona 37 – Oregon State 32

Next Week’s Opponent: BYE


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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Defensive Line – Oregon Ducks

By Dave Consolazio, August 20, 2009 9:06 am

While the defense did rank 82nd overall in the nation last year when it came to scoring against, that really had a lot more to do with the defense spending so much time on the field because of the offense’s capability to score so quickly. Taking a closer look at the numbers, Oregon’s defense was pretty strong, and the defensive line was no exception.

The unit was responsible in helping lead the team to 38 sacks (2nd in the Pac-10, tied for 8th in the country), 104.5 tackles for loss (2nd Pac-10, tied 5th in country) and giving up only 3.09 yards per carry on the ground (2nd Pac-10, 12th in country). But just like the offensive line, it is hard to use last year’s success to gauge this year’s chances, as three starters are gone, including one of the Pac-10’s all-time greats.

The losses of Ra’Shon Harris (drafted 205th overall by the Steelers) and Cole Linehan (both 13-game starters) hurt bad, but losing Nick Reed is especially difficult. Reed received both All-Pac-10 and All-American honors in 2008 and his 13 sacks ranked 4th nationally. Over his career, Reed accumulated a school-record 29.5 sacks, which ranks 4th all-time in the Pac-10.

Replacing three high-level senior starters will not be easy, but it is essential to the Ducks’ success this year. Oregon’s offense has plenty of power and can shoot out with the best of them, but time of possession will be an even bigger issue this season if the defensive line isn’t up to speed.

Will Tukuafu in pursuit

Will Tukuafu in pursuit

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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Wide Receiver – Arizona Wildcats

By Sam Saig, July 27, 2009 8:59 am

The first day of fall practice will start on Thursday, August 6th for the Arizona Wildcats, but a familiar face will be missing on offense. The ‘Cats will be without the Pac-10’s all-time leading receiver Mike Thomas.

Thomas, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, finished his spectacular UA career with a conference-record 259 receptions, and accounted for 3,231 receiving yards and 22 TDs as a four-year starter.

Although Thomas was the heartbeat of the receiving corps over the last four years, the Wildcats will now move on with a trio of excellent pass-catching playmakers. Arizona’s innovative offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes will have two of the more experienced receivers in the conference at his disposal, as well as the services of America’s best tight end.

Junior Delashaun Dean was last year’s second leading receiver for UA (behind Mike Thomas). Dean finished 2008 with 53 receptions for 593 yards and four touchdowns, capped off by a great performance in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU.

Delashaun Dean heads to the sideline

Delashaun Dean heads to the sideline

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