Arizona Wildcats 2010 Football Preview

 

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Team Quick Facts

 

2009 Overall Record:

8-5

2009 Pac-10 record/Finish:

6-3/T2nd 

Starters Returning/Lost:

14/10

Offensive Starters Returning/Lost:

8/3

Defensive Starters Returning/Lost:

4/7

Starting Kickers Returning/Lost:

2/0 

First Year of Football:

1899

All-Time Record: 

544-403-33

All-Time Pac-10 Record: 

124-126-6

All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances:

13-15-1

Last Bowl Appearance:

2007 (lost to BYU in Las Vegas Bowl) 

 

HEAD COACH MIKE STOOPS

(Iowa 1986)

Seventh Year at Arizona

Record at Arizona: 33-39 (.458), 6 years

Overall career record: Same 

 

Coaching Experience

 

Has served as head coach of the Wildcats since 2004 ... had coaching stints at Oklahoma and Kansas State ... has coached in 16 bowls games ... led the Wildcats to their first Bowl victory in 10 years in 2008. 

 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS

 

 

Offense:

Offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes departed for a head coaching job, but Arizona returns a ton of players on the offensive side of the ball and is particularly deep at the skill positions. QB Nick Foles had his moments as a sophomore starter last year and that experience should lead to improved consistency.  Foles has a bevy of experienced receivers, and veteran running backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin are proven commodities. C Colin Baxter and OT Adam Grant, both second-team All-Pac-10 selections last year, anchor the offensive front. 

 

 

Defense:

The Wildcats also lost their defensive coordinator--Mark Stoops--and have a lot more holes to fill on this side of the ball. Only four starters return on defense, but there are some headliners. The DE tandem of Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed might be the top pass-rushing duo in the Conference and CB Trevin Wade is a standout in the secondary.  An area of concern is linebacker, where all three starters must be replaced. 

 

 

The Schedule:

After a 10-year drought from the post-season, Arizona has gone bowling the last two seasons and looks positioned to do so again. The Wildcats have seven home games, including four of the first five. A home game against Iowa highlights the non-conference portion of the schedule. 

 

 

2009 Results

Result Score Opponent
W 19-6 Central Michigan
W 34-17 Northern Arizona
L 17-27 at Iowa
W 37-32 at Oregon State
L 33-36 at Washington
W 43-38 Stanford
W 27-13 UCLA
W 48-7 Washington State
L 16-24 at California
L (2 OT) 41-44 Oregon
W 20-17 at Arizona State
W 21-17 at USC
L 0-33 Nebraska (Holiday Bowl)

 

 

2010 Schedule

Date Location Series
Sept. 3 at Toledo Arizona leads, 2-0-0
Sept. 11 Citadel First meeting
Sept. 18 Iowa Series is tied, 6-6-0
Sept. 25 California California leads, 14-13-12
Oct. 9 Oregon State Arizona leads, 21-11-1
Oct. 16 at Washington State Arizona leads, 24-13-0
Oct. 23 Washington Washington leads, 17-8-1
Oct. 30 at UCLA UCLA leads, 19-13-2
Nov. 6 at Stanford Arizona leads, 14-11-0
Nov. 13 USC USC leads, 26-7-0
Nov. 26 at Oregon Oregon leads, 21-14
Dec. 2 Arizona State Arizona leads, 46-36-1 

 

SIX TO WATCH

Pos Name Year Height Weight
C Colin Baxter Sr. 6-4 295
RB Nic Grigsby Sr. 5-10 190
CB Trevin Wade Jr. 5-11 182
OT Adam Grant Gr. 6-6 325
DE Ricky Elmore Sr. 6-5 250
DE Brooks Reed Sr. 6-3 255
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