Arizona And Purdue Meet On The Gridiron For The First Time
Sept. 15, 2003
Cats and Boilermakers in Pac-10-/Big Ten Match-up
|Date||Game - TV||Score||Atten|
|A 30||Texas-El Paso||42-7||40,264|
|S 6||#13 LSU (TBS national)||13-59||46,110|
|S 13||Oregon (TBS national)||10-48||40,462|
|S 20||at Purdue||11 a.m. CDT|
|S 27||Texas Christian (FSNA)||7:07 p.m. MST|
|O 4||at Washington State||2 p.m. PDT/MST|
|O 11||UCLA#||4 p.m. MST|
|O 25||at California||12:30 p.m. PDT/MST|
|N 1||at Oregon State||1 p.m. PST|
|N 8||Washington%||4 p.m. MST|
|N 15||Southern California||4 p.m. MST|
|N 28||at Arizona State (FSN)||1 p.m. MST|
|#Family Weekend; %Homecoming|
|Times subject to change; Additional TV TBA|
The Game - The University of Arizona (1-2, 0-1 in the Pacific-10) opens its 2003 road season with an intersectional contest in West Lafayette, Ind., Sept. 20 against the Purdue Boilermakers (2-1, 0-0 in the Big Ten). Kickoff in 62,500-seat Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 12 noon EST/CDT (10 a.m. MST/PDT). The game will not be televised. Arizona fans can follow the action on the Wildcat Sports Network with Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson describing play. A capacity crowd is expected.
Some Game Themes- Arizona and Purdue meet on the gridiron for the first time despite Purdue launching its program in 1887 and Arizona fielding a team in 1899... UA starts a two-game break from league play... The Wildcats search inwardly and elsewhere for a needed victory, against a team coming off a six-year streak of bowl appearances... Arizona has been better on the road than at home in the past two years... John Mackovic faces a team against which he notched a 4-1 record as a head coach while at Illinois (4-0) and Wake Forest (0-1)... Mackovic returns to face the program that helped launch his head-coaching career. He served as Jim Young's offensive coordinator at Purdue in 1977, then was hired as top gun at Wake Forest... It's a match of contemporaries in the team boxes: Mackovic and Purdue mentor Joe Tiller each graduated from college and entered the coaching trade in 1965... A clash of Daylight Saving Time-free schools. Arizona (except the Navajo Indiana Reservation) and the Eastern Time Zone portion of Indiana where West Lafayette is situated do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Hence, a two-hour difference remains... Purdue comes off a big victory on the road against Wake Forest...The game is among four Big Ten-Pac-10 match-ups on Sept. 20...
The Series - First meeting. Arizona is 13-19 (.406) all-time against Big Ten foes... UA has lost its last three games against Big Ten teams and last won, 35-11, in 1998 in Tucson against Iowa.
The Coaches - Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), third year at Arizona (10-16) and 16th season as a collegiate head coach (95-80-3). Mackovic has a 4-1 record against Purdue, while coaching at Illinois and Wake Forest. Purdue: Joe Tiller (Montana State '65), seventh year at Purdue (48-29) and 13th year overall as a head coach (87-59-1). Tiller is 1-5 against Pac-10 teams as a head coach, most recently in a victory over Washington in the 2002 Sun Bowl.
Arizona Last Week - Arizona played tough for 15 minutes, trailing Oregon 6-0 after a quarter, then the Ducks preened their feathers for some rugged running and a hot passing attack in scoring in bunches to roll for a 48-10 victory in Tucson. UA came out of the halftime locker room down 20-0 and put together an 11-play drive for a 44-yard field goal by Bobby Gill, but UO answered swiftly and added a trio of third-quarter touchdowns to blow the game open. Oregon rushed for 210 yards and its QB duo of Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined to complete 22-of-32 (69%) for 283 yards and a pair of TD throws each. Demetrius Williams snagged five catches and made the most of them, scoring three touchdowns of 3, 65 and 30 yards to total 139 markers. UA had 34 net rushing yards and added 146 passing to total 180 net yards. UA quarterback Nic Costa earned his third start and complete five of nine throws, but only for 33 yards, giving way to Ryan O'Hara late in the second quarter. O'Hara led the Cats on the third-quarter field-goal drive, and later threw a 53-yard scoring toss to Biren Ealy. Ealy led all receivers with seven receptions (90 yards), but aside from some tough running by halfback Clarence Farmer (11 totes, 42 net yards) and O'Hara's modest field generalship, the offensive highlights were limited for UA. The Ducks ran 88 plays to UA's 61, had an edge in first downs of 26 to 11, and when infrequently forced to punt (3 times) made the most of it with a net punting figure of 46.0 yards. UA punter Danny Baugher had a decent night, but protection broke once and Keith Lewis blocked one of his efforts. UA never ventured into the red zone while the Ducks had six possessions inside UA's 20 yard-line and scored four TDs on four separate 1st-and-goal opportunities to give them a fifth straight win over UA.
Noting the Boilermakers...
Purdue University; West Lafayette, Ind. ** Enrollment: 38,564 ** Colors: Old Gold & Black ** Conference: Big Ten ** 2002 Record: 7-6...The Boilermakers typically line up in a one-back offense with three receivers or two tight ends, not unlike similar UA formations, and play a 4-3 defense with two interior tackles... Under Joe Tiller the Boilermakers are 29-9 at home and 37-10 against unranked opponents... Then No. 16-ranked Purdue was upset by Bowling Green, 27-26, in its season opener a few weeks ago, then last week the Boilermakers went on the road and defeated ranked Wake Forest, 16-10... Among those who lead Purdue's defense is senior free safety Stuart Schweigert, considered among the top safeties and defenders in America, and on the Walter Camp, Nagurski and Thorpe awards watch lists. He (35) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (38) have combined for 83 career starts. Schweigert has 14 career picks and Phillips has 21 career sacks... WR Taylor Stubblefield had 16 receptions for 139 yards in the BGSU game, the third-most catches ever by a Purdue player and tied for fourth-best in Big Ten history. He grabbed seven at Wake Forest, but missed the second half with a sore ankle. He has caught a pass in all 24 games he's played at Purdue. Meantime, fellow senior receiver John Standeford has a 23-game streak. Those two guys led the Big Ten in per-game catches last year... Standeford has 199 career grabs and Stubblefield 173. But, another target on the field is 6-foot-9 freshman backup receiver Kyle Ingraham, whose father, Corky, lettered as an Arizona linebacker in 1977 and 1978, the latter as a team captain... Purdue rated sixth nationally in passing yards from 1996-2002 with 23,766 yards... Senior punter Brent Slaton is listed on the preseason Ray Guy Award watch list . His individual figure is 41.5, but the team's net punting mark of 38.2 yards is more compelling... When they get beat it's not a whipping - the last seven losses by the Boilermakers have come on a combined 27 points... Joe Tiller was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and OL coach at Washington State under Mike Price when Jim Livengood, UA athletics director, had the AD job in Pullman... Members of the University's staff pioneered PAT - Prescription Athletic Turf - for Ross-Ade Stadium more than a decade ago... This year marks the completion of Ross-Ade's three-year renovation project and the game celebrates Ross-Ade's new amenities... Arizona assistant sports information director Matt Rector will make the trip to West Lafayette, where his uncle works - uncle Morgan Burke, Purdue's athletics director...
Spaced Out: Purdue's renowned engineering program produced the first man to walk on the Moon and the last to leave it - astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, respectively, while Arizona's similarly exceptional engineering program produced astronaut Francis 'Dick' Scobee, one of the early Space Shuttle program test pilots and a man who eventually logged 168 hours in space. He perished on the Challenger explosion Jan. 28, 1986. Astronaut Thomas D. Jones, who earned a 1988 doctorate in planetary science at UA, flew on shuttle Endeavour, Columbia and Atlantis missions in the past decade... Donald Pettit, who earned a chemical engineering doctorate from UA in 1983, spent five months aboard the International Space Station - and outside the craft in space walks - November through May...
Arizona in 2003 Statistical RankingsCategory/Figure NCAA Pac-10Rushing/114.0 83 9Passing/155.3 96 9Pass Eff./86.26 108 10Total Offense/269.3 108 9Scoring/21.7 80 9Rush Def./154.3 74 9Pass Def./262.0 94 8Pass Eff. Def./143.82 97 10Total Def./416.3 95 10Scoring Def./38.0 108 10Net Punting/32.56 93 10Punt Ret./5.5 95 7KOR/20.33 68 7Turnover Margin/1.0 33 4Fumbles Lost/2 33 3Fumbles Rec./6 4 1Passes Had Int./4 88 9Passes Intercepted/2 62 7Turnovers Gained/8 17 3Turnovers Lost/6 61 7Punting - J.Molina 41.4 41 5
Injury Report for Purdue
Offensive tackle Brandon Phillips (knee vs. Oregon) is out for the year. Cornerback Gary Love (ankle, missed UO) is questionable. Tight end Steve Fleming (kidney bruise, missed UO) is questionable. Halfback Chris Henry (ankle, missed LSU/UO) is questionable. LB Kirk Johnson (knee) played Saturday after missing two games. RT Tanner Bell (knee) is questionable after missing three games. LB Marquell Stinson (knee) has yet to play and is questionable. Projected starting left guard John Parada hurt his knee early in camp, had surgery in late August and is out for the year. Freshman DL Cedric Cofer had leg surgery during camp and will redshirt. HB Gainus Scott (undisclosed illness, missed three games) has returned to practice and could return to action soon.
The team will elect permanent team captains in November. Each Friday prior to then, the coaching staff nominates game captains. UTEP - LT Brandon Phillips, OLB Matt Molina, HB Mike Bell. LSU - LB Joe Siofele, QB Nic Costa, TE Steve Fleming. Oregon - C Keoki Fraser, DE Carlos Williams, OG Kili Lefotu. Purdue - TBA.
Miscellany of Late...
...Sophomore receiver Biren Ealy had a game- and career-high seven receptions for 90 yards against Oregon, including a 53-yard scoring catch, his longest play in a brief career. Ealy lettered as a true freshman a year ago...
...A number of Wildcats earned their first career starts in the league opener against Oregon. Sophomore outside linebacker Marcus Smith, junior cornerback Zeonte Sherman, redshirt freshman Matt Padron and inside linebacker John McKinney earned spurs. Smith was considered a potential starter prior to the 2002 season but was slowed by an injury. Sherman filled in for injured Gary Love, while Padron earned the nod because of Steve Fleming's kidney bruise...
...The Cats have started three different corners in three games at the spot opposite Michael Jolivette...
...Arizona had its three season high-water drive marks on two scoring drives against Oregon, with an 11-play drive (most plays) for a field goal in the third quarter and a 10-play, 97-yard (most yards) drive using 4:14 (most time used) for a touchdown in the fourth period...
...Arizona did not throw an interception against Oregon, its first pick-free game of the year. Three-game starter Nic Costa has not been intercepted this year, Ryan O'Hara has thrown three and holder James Molina tossed one (actually effective in terms of field position) on a bad-snap field goal attempt...
...More trouble on the injury front for UA's lines arose against Oregon. Right tackle Brandon Phillips hurt his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. So far this year injuries or departures for other reasons have permanently cut four line starters and two other top reserves from the picture - OG John Parada, Phillips, NT Vince Fuela, DE Brad Brittain, DT David Sharp and DE Fata Avegalio - although the latter remains on scholarship serving as a student volunteer assistant...
...Coaches have cross trained a number of offensive linemen and sophomore guard Kili Lefotu likely will switch to Phillips' spot, while senior Reggie Sampay moves to Lefotu's right guard spot and redshirt freshman Keith Jackson elevates to the starting left guard role...
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
UA's 26th head coach is in his 20th year as a collegiate head coach, athletics director or professional head coach, plus adds another dozen years in the game as a coordinator or assistant to give the Wildcats a mentor with more than three decades of established leadership. He has a solid track record of program improvement at each of his head coaching jobs.Mackovic is just five victories shy of the 100-victory level, and is the Pac-10's leader in career victories.UA's victory over UTEP gave Mackovic a 3-0 record in his season openers at Arizona, matching the most recent such streak, by Jim Young from 1973-75 when Mackovic was offensive coordinator at UA. Overall in his two-plus seasons he has compiled a 7-2 record in non-conference games.Arizona's passing game re-emerged under his direction in his first two years, and this year he turned considerable attention to both the Cats running game and the Wildcat defense. The jury is out on Arizona's young offense in 2003.Mackovic's recruiting success in his initial years in Tucson has provided Arizona some outstanding young talent, many of whom may be heavily relied on this season. Among last season's freshman class of 21, UA played 11. It's clear Arizona's future lies in the hands of its young talent.Mackovic's first Arizona team unveiled a sophisticated offensive attack that produced a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a near 1,000-yard receiver, while his second club developed a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard receiver. The 2002 club established a number of high-water offensive marks and historical UA top 10 ratings. He developed an untested quarterback, Jason Johnson, into a leader who helped post five 400-yard passing games in Mackovic's brief UA tenure, and the team has exceeded 400 yards in total offense 10 times in Mackovic's two years.Off the field, the Wildcat mentor has established high standards for academic performance and citizenship, and backed them up with a fair but disciplined hand. Successive players have earned spots on the America Football Coaches Association Good Works Team - Eli Wnek and Johnson - and the latter won the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete Award in 2002. Both were Verizon Academic All-District VII honorees. Arizona recorded a program-high four first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selections in 2001 and backed that up with two more citations a year ago. Overall, 13 players were first or second-team selections or honorable mention Pac-10 All Academic in his two years. His focus on the total student-athlete has been underscored by nine national academic/citizenship honor winners during his collegiate career.As the District 9 representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association, Mackovic, who will turn 60 in October, has a voice heard nationally in matters of keen interest to coaches concerned about the direction of college football and the comportment of its principals.
Mackovic at a Glance: ï¿½ 16th year as a collegiate head coachï¿½ Overall collegiate record: 95-80-3 (.548)ï¿½ Career bowl teams: Eightï¿½ Arizona record: 10-16ï¿½ Non-Conference Record: 7-2ï¿½ Pac-10 Record: 3-14ï¿½ Arizona Road Record: 4-6ï¿½ Arizona Home Record: 6-10ï¿½ Walter Camp Foundation National Coach of the Year, 1979ï¿½ Conference Coach of the Year: ACC ('79), Big Ten ('88, '89), SWC ('95)
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
If you wish for peace, prepare for war, a pundit wrote long ago. Arizona's 2003 schedule was known to be tough ahead of time, and the Cats need to keep gearing up for rugged football. The Wildcats the Cats will face 10 bowl teams in 2003. The Aug. 17 Associated Press preseason college football poll backed it up, as has early-season play. Louisiana State (14), Purdue (19) and Texas Christian (25) made the chart. LSU rose to No. 13 during game week. Arizona's early league opponent, Oregon, earned votes. Pac-10 Conference affiliates USC (8), Washington (17) and Arizona State (22) also earned preseason Top 25 status in the AP poll. Defending Pac-10 champion Washington State drubbed Colorado in Boulder on Saturday and could crack the rankings soon. Nothing will be easy for Arizona the rest of the way.
QB, or not QB...
Sophomore quarterback Nic Costa has started the first three games with mixed results. In the opener he was effective passing (6-for-10, 119 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD) and running (3-33, 1 TD), plus led the team on four scoring drives in stewardship of six possessions. Against LSU he struggled, with three completions in 11 attempts, for 21 yards. Against Oregon he completed five passes (in nine attempts) for 33 yards. Redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara led the Cats on its other two scoring drives against UTEP including a nifty 79-yard touchdown throw to Lance Relford for O'Hara's first career TD toss. Against the Tigers, O'Hara complete seven throws in 20 attempts (79 yards) and had one intercepted. He led UA on its lone offensive scoring drive. He led the team on its two scoring drives against Oregon, including a season-best 11-play drive helped by a UO roughing-the-passer call. O'Hara has twice as many passing attempts as Costa, 63 to 30, while Costa enjoys a better efficiency and better completion percentage. John Mackovic is known to be a one-QB coach and publicly suspected the proof in this year's equation wouldn't emerge until after September. The two non-conference games to complete the month should give coaches some QB answers. If winning games is the sole factor, Costa is 1-2 as the starter while O'Hara has a save.
Running on Empty
Playing from behind against LSU and Oregon made it tough to try to win the games with a steady rushing attack. Arizona ran the ball a combined 52 times in those games, netting a combined 125 rushing yards. With a young situation at quarterback the running game is going to have to come around to support a learning curve in the passing game. UA worked to bolster its rushing attack after a 2002 season concluded with merely 43.8 rushing yards per game. Halfbacks Clarence Farmer and Mike Bell had some moments. Farmer ran for an average of 7.6 yards on eight carries against LSU, and then added some tough runs for 42 against a stacked Ducks defense. Bell has started and chipped in 41 yards on 13 totes against LSU after a 119-yard (13 carries) game in the opener. He ran into a wall against Oregon with -2 yards on nine carries. After the UTEP game things looked promising -- the team averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored four rushing touchdowns, well above the 2002 final marks of 1.5 yards per rush and a total of 7 rushing TDs. The going was tougher in subsequent weeks and will get no easier against a Purdue club that has held opponents to 53 net yards per game. The Cats need to regain some confidence in the talent that lines up in the backfield.
UA defensive backs had three interceptions throughout the 2002 season. In three games this year, safeties Lamon Means (UTEP) and Darrell Brooks (LSU) have picks. But four quarterbacks have torched the Cats in the last two weeks. LSU quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall completed 71 percent of their throws for 11.96 yards per attempt, including a throw each (Mauck, 48 yards; Randall, 55 yards) for scoring bombs. The Ducks' Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined for 69 percent completions for 283 yards and scoring tosses of 65 yards (Clemens) and 30 yards (Fife). Underlying those numbers for the foursome was their team's success running the ball - 182 and 210 yards rushing, respectively. The Ducks ran on first down 29 times and had some success at it. LSU ran on first down 32 times. It's harder to play pass defense if you're rotating up for run support, might be a layman's view of the conundrum. UA's defense had held UTEP to a mere 4.7 yards per pass attempt (and overall a 3.6 average per play) and broke up nine passes. Means' 32-yard interception return set up a score against UTEP.
Arizona has a 7-4 edge in quarterback sacks after three games. One reason the UA switched to a 3-4 defense this spring was its pass rush. In the opener, it helped the club get four sacks, with a limited amount of blitzing. Against LSU, the club corralled the quarterback three times. Oregon's front kept UA away from its two quarterbacks. The Cats were No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001, but last year slipped to 26 sacks, ninth in the league. The new alignment gives the team more deceptive options for blitzing, and helps coverage people when the green light is on. On the other side of the ball, the 2002 team was last in the league in allowing 52 sacks by opponents, well above the single-game offensive goal of 1 sack per 20 attempts. Against the Miners in the season opener, UA's offensive line did not allow a sack. Against LSU the line did a good job of holding the Tigers to two sacks. Oregon reached Nic Costa twice for sacks. Offensive coordinator Mike Deal, Mackovic and the entire offensive staff took a part in developing better pass protection by players on each offensive unit. Allowing only four sacks in nearly 100 pass plays called so far in 2003 is workable protection.
Turnabout is Fair Play
UA is among national leaders with six fumble recoveries and it's helped give the team a modest 1.0 turnover margin. Anything on the plus side is good after last year's final -.58 figure. Four interceptions thrown by quarterback Ryan O'Hara (3) and holder James Molina (1) have hurt the margin. Arizona and Oregon each lost a fumble and neither team threw an interception.The Cats fumbled to give the Ducks the ball inside the redzone, allowing the first score of the game to come as turnover points (FG). LSU had enough going offensively that its four turnovers didn't cause much more than concern. UA was 3-0 in games when it had fewer turnovers in 2002. In the rest: 1-8.
2003 Turnovers: Arizona 6, Opponents 8Turnover Points: Arizona 21, Opponents 17Miscue Points: Arizona 21, Opponents 14 (includes turnover, blocked/botched kick possessions)
The Scoring Zone
John Mackovic aims for a 67% scoring efficiency, in touchdowns, when UA penetrates the opponents' 20 yard-line. A year ago it didn't happen - the Cats made touchdowns only 44 percent of the time in the scoring zone. Arizona had nearly 20 fewer red-zone possessions than opponents last year. In the season opener the off-season emphasis proved worthy - UA scored four touchdowns in four penetrations against UTEP, all running plays. Against LSU it was 1-for-1, on an 11-yard run by Clarence Farmer. Against Oregon, moving downfield into scoring position was difficult and the Cats crossed mid-field just twice. One such drive led to a field goal. UA's touchdown came from its own 47 yard-line on a pass from Ryan O'Hara to Biren Ealy. That's the strike zone, not the red zone.
Arizona: 5 Scoring Zone Possessions - 5 scores (5 TD) = 100% scoring; 100% TDOpponents: 12 Scoring Zone Possessions - 11 scores (9 TD + 2 FG) = 92% scoring; 75% TD1st-and-Goal: Arizona - 2 times, 2 TD. Opponents - 9 times, 9 TD.
UA has suffered a 4-for-27 third-down conversion rate in the last two games, including a 1-for-13 evening on third down against LSU - when it didn't convert until the third quarter. Coaches want 42 percent effectiveness on conversion plays and Arizona will have to improve dramatically to get there. Against UTEP the team had a good night, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. Getting yardage on first and second downs and avoiding mistakes is key. Against Oregon, for example, because of penalties the first two third downs UA faced were 3rd-and-24 and 3rd-and-8. The next three: 3rd-and-9, 3rd-and-11 and 3rd-and-15. You might say the defense had an idea what was coming. As for opponents on third down, UTEP was modestly successful with 7 conversions in 18 attempts, while LSU was 7-for-12 and Oregon 8-for-17. Defensive objectives are around 33%.
Arizona on third down: 12-43, 28%Opponents on third down: 22-47, 47%Arizona faced 3rd-and-long (5 or more yards): 36 plays; 20 of at least 3rd-and-8Opponent faced 3rd-and-long: 29 plays; 5 of at least 3rd-and-8
Sophomore Danny Baugher and senior James Molina each have punted since about mid way through the 2002 season, possibly an indication that the job isn't exactly settled. Baugher started all three games this year, but Molina finished. He has 12 kicks for a 41.4 average, while Baugher has 12 for a 38.7 average. Arizona punted nine times against Oregon and 10 times against LSU and a big problem came in coverage. UA allowed a combined 158 yards on 12 punt returns in those games. LSU's Skyler Green took one back 62 yards for a score. UA's net in the LSU game was 28.0 and in the Oregon game it was 34.3. Arizona has caused fumbles on punt returns against UTEP and Oregon, however.
Arizona 2003 Game-by-Game StartersOffense WR LT LG C RG RT QB TE/WR HB FB/TE/WR WR PKUTEP Relford C.Johnson Sampay Fraser Lefotu Phillips Costa FlemingTE Bell McRaeTE Ealy GillLSU Relford C. Johnson Sampay Fraser Lefotu Phillips Costa Fleming TE Bell McRae TE Ealy GillOregon Relford C. Johnson Sampay Fraser Lefotu Phillips Costa Padron TE Bell McRae TE Ealy GillPurdueDefense OLB DE NT DE/ROV OLB MLB WLB CB SS FS CB PunterUTEP Bryan Williams Tuitavuki Hardt M.Molina Siofele Howard Love Means Brooks Jolivette BaugherLSU Bryan Williams Tuitavuki Hardt M.Molina Siofele Howard Nunez Means Brooks Jolivette BaugherOregon Smith Williams Tuitavuki Hardt M.Molina Siofele McKinney Sherman Means Brooks Jolivette BaugherPurdue
New Coaches, New Emphases
Head coach John Mackovic hired five new assistants in the off-season, with one leaving after spring ball - making it six. It's been one of the good developments in the Arizona program. He secured two seasoned coordinators in Mike Deal on offense and Mike Hankwitz on defense, lured a coordinator to become inside linebackers coach in Craig Bray, attracted a young coordinator to become quarterbacks coach in Jeff Hecklinski, and signed on Mose Rison out of the NFL ranks to coach wide receivers. Rison joined the staff in early summer. Jay Boulware, running backs coach, will direct special teams. Returnees are tight ends coach Charlie Dickey (switch from OL), defensive line coach Marty Long, secondary coach Steve Bernstein and Boulware. New graduate assistants Dan Loyd (offense), a former Wildcat, and Frank Jimenez (defense) round out the staff. On paper and on the field it's a vibrant group with know-how, experience and a push-'em-hard demeanor. Hankwitz directs a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Cats had used the double-eagle flex since the early 1990s.
...Senior Lance Relford, junior Ricky Williams and sophomore Biren Ealy lead UA's receiving corps, a group that has to step forward with the departure of four-year starter Bobby Wade (and Andrae Thurman, who is not eligible for his senior year). Ealy leads after three games with 12 receptions for 144 yards and a score, while Relford has six for 119 yards and a score. Williams has four grabs for 58 yards and one touchdown. Relford was on the end of Ryan O'Hara's initial collegiate touchdown pass of 79 yards. Williams started the scoring with a 41-yard catch. UA rotates others (Mike Jefferson, Syndric Steptoe, Ryan Eidson) and moved sophomore corner Jason Martin to wide receiver a few weeks ago after a true freshman season as a cornerback... Ealy is a first-time starter, Jefferson is a redshirt freshman and Relford's the dean of the corps...Meantime, tight ends Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae each started the first two games in strong formations, then with Fleming ailing, McRae and first-time starter Matt Padron opened against Oregon... Fleming has three catches, while McRae and Padron are looking for their first UA receptions. McRae won spring ball's outstanding newcomer award, and a scholarship...
...LSU's Skyler Green returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown to wreck UA's net punting effort (28.0) and give an opponent such a scoring play for the first time in 12 seasons. Eric Guliford of ASU did the deed (68 yards) in 1991...
...Arizona's 217-yards rushing in the opener was its most since it ran for 258 yards in a humbling 63-28 loss to Oregon on Oct. 6, 2001. Clarence Farmer had 158 yards on 15 carries in that game...
...Since the start of the 2000 season, Arizona is 1-13 against ranked teams. Its lone victory came against No. 18 USC in Los Angeles in 2000... ...The LSU scoring margin was the third most by a UA opponent in Arizona Stadium history. Michigan State beat UA 75-0 in 1949 and Colorado beat UA 65-12 in 1958... The 38 first-half points by LSU were well off the one-half record allowed by UA, 52 given up to USC in the second half of a 69-6 loss in Los Angeles in 1923...
...Since Clarence Farmer was hurt last year against North Texas, Arizona has averaged 28 rushing attempts per game...
...Arizona's 3-0 mark in season openers under John Mackovic matched the 3-0 mark Jim Young posted from 1973-75. The best in UA history was Tex Oliver's 5-0 record in season openers, from 1933-37... Dick Tomey (5-0 from 1992-96) and Miles Casteel (5-0) in 1942 and 1945-48) also had five-game streaks but not in their first five years...
...Arizona's five 400-yard passing games in the past two years under John Mackovic is the Pac-10's highest total, and the Cats' six 400-yard passing games since 1996 rated No. 9 nationally entering the year... It might take some time before young QBs Nic Costa and Ryan O'Hara help UA post another...
...Arizona's depth chart shows 19 freshmen or true freshmen involved in the action...
...True freshman Syndric Steptoe has returned nine kickoffs for a 20.3 average, including a long of 41 yards against Oregon... Arizona also lines up receiver Biren Ealy and, at times, halfback Clarence Farmer as the deep men on the KOR team...
...Graphic Impact Players of the Game awards following victories are given by the coaching staff and presented in the post-practice huddle Tuesdays, . Honors for the UTEP game went to halfback Mike Bell on offense, co-defensive winners in linebackers Joe Siofele and Matt Molina, and wide receiver Gary Love on special teams.
...Some losses in the off-season reduced Arizona's overall depth to about 70 scholarship players. Sophomore linebacker Landon Kafentzis left the team during camp and was reportedly planning to transfer... Senior wide receiver Andrae Thurman, who was second to Bobby Wade (93-1389, 8 TD) last year with 61 catches for 915 yards, is not eligible for the 2003 season... Ditto for mid-year junior college transfer David Sharp...Junior nose tackle Vince Feula, the probable starter, also did not rejoin the team in fall camp...Sophomore defensive tackle Brad Brittain, a projected starter, left the team for undisclosed reasons shortly before camp... Junior defensive back Justin Jochum decided to take a proffered academic scholarship in the off-season and concentrate on his engineering studies...Coaches switched true freshman Ryan Kilpatrick to tight end, a move aimed for the future and some emphasis on his H-back potential... Offensive lineman Ismael Garcia, another true freshman, moved to the defensive line where he'll work at nose tackle, receiving some personal on-hands help from former defensive end Fata Avegalio. Avegalio, a potential line starter as a junior this year, could not continue his career because of a medical problem, but was kept on scholarship and will assist coaches as a volunteer student assistant...
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The Purdue game will not be televised in either Arizona or Indiana markets. One other UA game has been pre-selected for national television. UA local partner Fox Sports Net Arizona also will produce additional games, starting with the Texas Christian game Sept. 27. Games on FSN also will be distributed by Fox Sports Digital Nets.
Arizona Football on Radio
KNST 790-AM Radio (Clear Channel) is the flagship station for live UA football broadcasts on the Wildcat Sports Network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates:KKNT Phoenix, KDAP Douglas, KVNA Flagstaff, KIKO Globe, KZUA Holbrook, KLAV Las Vegas, KWRQ Safford, KTAN Sierra Vista, KNOT Prescott, KBLU Yuma. KTOX-Needles, KVSL Show Low. KNST administers UA's Spanish language broadcasts carried by KXEW Tucson and XENY Nogales with Francisco Romero and Luis Fernando Perez. KNST's broadcast is available on the Internet for $6.95 monthly, through RealNetworks at arizonaathletics.com. Live GameTracker stats can be followed at arizonaathletics.com.
John Mackovic Coach's Shows
Head coach John Mackovic's weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during 'Tuesdays in the Huddle With John Mackovic,' a public gathering at McMahon's Steakhouse at noon Tuesdays. The radio show airs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays on KNST-790 AM and the TV segment is broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.
Mackovic's Weekly Media Gatherings
John Mackovic will meet with the media weekly throughout the season (except for bye weeks)) in McKale Center 106 at 1 p.m. Mondays. He will conduct game reviews via teleconference at 3 p.m. Sundays. Call the UA SID office to obtain the teleconference details. Mackovic's segment on the weekly Pac-10 Coaches teleconference is at 10 a.m. (PT) Tuesdays. Media may call the UA SID office to get the phone number.Arizona Headliners
QB, Nic Costa, 5-11, 211, So., Aloha, Ore.
After spending a year as a redshirt and one as a back-up, Costa assumed the role of starting quarterback in 2003 ... Connected on 5-of-9 passes for 33 yards vs. Oregon ... Struggled against No. 13 LSU, connecting on just 3-of-11 attempts for 21 yards passing ... Led the Cats to an efficient two touchdown drives in his first two series under center against Texas-El Paso in the season opener ... Opened the UTEP game with a 27-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and added a TD run later in the contest ... An outstanding physical specimen, Costa is one of the team's strongest and quickest players.
Costa Game-By-Game2002 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 5-3-0 26 0 60.0 14Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 5-1-1 9 0 20.0 9Nov. 2 at Oregon State 5-1-0 11 0 20.0 11Nov. 9 UCLA 4-2-0 104 1 50.0 922003 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 10-6-0 110 1 60.0 41Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 11-3-0 21 0 27.3 8Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 9-5-0 33 0 55.6 17Career 7 games/3 starts 49-21-1 268 2 42.9 92
QB, Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 198, Fr., Pasadena, Calif. Joins the quarterback battle along with Costa ... Success should come with more experience ... Led Arizona on its only scoring drives in the last two games ... Completed 11-of-27 throws for 113 yards and a touchdown vs. Oregon, a 53-yard strike to Biren Ealy ... Showed flashes of promise against No.13 Louisiana State by managing to complete 7-of-20 passes for 70 yards ... Completed 8-of-16 passes for 119 yards and a TD in his collegiate debut vs. Texas-El Paso, including a 79-yard scoring strike to Lance Relford.
O'Hara Game-By-Game2003 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 16-8-2 119 1 50.0 79Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 20-7-1 70 0 35.0 19Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 27-11-0 113 1 40.7 53Career 3 games/0 starts 63-26-3 189 2 41.3 79
HB, Mike Bell, 6-0, 211, S0., Phoenix, Ariz. Carried the ball just nine times vs. Oregon and finished with minus-two yards rushing vs. Oregon ... Collected 13 totes for 41 yards (3.2 ypc) vs. No. 13 Louisiana State, while also snaring one pass out of the back field for three yards ... Opened the season vs. Texas-El Paso as the starting running back and responded with the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, a 119-yard effort on 13 carries (9.2 ypc) and a TD ... Also logged a career-long 53-yard run vs. the Miners ... Was Arizona's s leading rusher last season with 341 yards (3.2 ypc), but battled a toe injury for most of the season.
Bell Game-By-Game2002 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 13 59 4.5 0 18Sept. 14 vs. Utah 2 (-3) (-1.5) 0 -Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 6 18 3.0 0 5Sept. 28 vs. North Texas 14 50 3.6 1 14Oct. 5 vs. Oregon 21 54 2.6 0 11Oct. 12 at Washington 19 54 2.8 0 23Oct. 19 at Stanford 3 (-5) (-.25) 0 1Oct. 26 Washington State 7 25 3.6 0 13Nov. 2 at Oregon State 5 (-1) (-0.2) 0 6Nov. 9 UCLA 1 6 6.0 0 6Nov. 16 at California 3 14 4.7 0 13Nov. 29 vs. Arizona State 12 70 5.8 0 232003 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 13 119 9.2 1 53Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 13 41 3.2 0 16Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 9 -2 -0.2 0 11Career 15 games/7 starts 141 499 3.5 2 53
HB, Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Sr., Houston, Texas The only UA player with multiple touchdowns this season ... Led the Wildcats with 42 yards on 11 carries vs. Oregon and caught two passes for 10 yards ... Scored Arizona's lone offensive TD vs. No. 13 Louisiana State on a nifty 11-yard run in the fourth quarter ... Finished that game with a team-high 61 yards on eight carries (7.6 ypc) ... Scampered for 20 yards on eight carries and a TD vs. UTEP in season opener ... First team all-Pac-10 pick at running back in 2001 ... Topped the Pac-10 in rushing yards (1,229) and ranked second in yards per game (111.7) in 2001 ... Entered the season Ranked seventh on the UA career rushing list with 2,204 yards ... His 1,229 yards rushing in 2001 ranked fourth on the UA single-season list ... One of just eight backs all-time at UA to top the 1,000-yard plateau in a season ... 10 career 100-yard rushing games with 18 career touchdowns
Farmer Game-By-Game2000 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgSept. 2 at Utah 2 0 0.0 0 0Sept. 9 vs. Ohio State DNPSept. 16 vs. San Diego State 13 95 7.3 0 23Sept. 30 at Stanford 18 116 6.4 1 50Oct. 7 at USC 22 134 6.1 1 80Oct. 14 vs. Washington State 0Oct. 21 at Oregon 9 20 2.2 0 20Oct. 28 vs. UCLA 33 107 3.2 2 19Nov. 4 at Washington 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 9 61 6.8 0 35Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 11 82 7.5 0 442001 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 at San Diego State 21 90 4.3 1 27Sept. 8 vs. Idaho 18 118 6.6 2 22Sept. 22 vs. UNLV 11 35 3.2 0 10Sept. 29 vs. Washington State 16 84 5.3 1 31Oct. 6 vs. Oregon 15 158 10.5 0 78Oct. 13 at Oregon State 19 55 2.9 0 13Oct. 20 at Washington 21 147 7.0 1 35Oct. 27 vs. USC 17 78 4.6 1 24Nov. 3 at California 27 165 6.1 1 65Nov. 10 vs. Stanford 12 141 11.8 2 66Nov. 23 at Arizona State 32 158 4.9 1 242002 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 16 29 1.8 1 11Sept. 14 vs. Utah 33 79 2.4 0 10Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 20 131 6.6 1 70Sept. 28 vs. North Texas 15 70 4.7 0 13Oct. 5 vs. Oregon DNP-InjuredOct. 12 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 19 at Stanford DNP-InjuredOct. 26 Washington State DNP-InjuredNov. 2 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredNov. 9 UCLA DNP-InjuredNov. 16 at California DNP-Injured2003 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 8 20 2.5 1 8Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 8 61 7.6 1 28Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 11 42 3.8 0 21Career 28 games/19 starts 458 2327 5.1 18 80
CB, Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 180, Sr., Houston, Texas A solid cover guy ... Tallied six tackles, five solo, vs. Oregon ... Collected six stops (five solo) and a fumble recovery (second career) against No. 13 Louisiana State ... Notched two pass break-ups in the season opener vs. Texas-El Paso to break a tie with Chuck Cecil (1984-87) as the school's all-time leader in that category ... Tallied 20 PBUs in 2001 ... Did not play in remainder of 2002 after suffering a left knee injury on Sept. 18 in practice.
Jolivette Game-By-Game2000 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherSept. 2 at Utah 7 1 8 1-3 0 0 1 PBUSept. 9 vs. Ohio State 4 0 4 0 0 1 2 PBUSept. 16 vs. San Diego State 4 1 5 0 0 0 2 PBUSept. 30 at Stanford 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 PBUOct. 7 at USC 6 0 6 0 0 2 1 PBUOct. 14 vs. Washington State 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 PBUOct. 21 at Oregon 0 0 0 Left game with injuryOct. 28 vs. UCLA 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 PBUNov. 4 at Washington 4 2 6 0 0 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 4 0 4 1-1 0 0Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 PBU
2001 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 at San Diego State 6 4 10 1-6 1-6 0 2 PBUSept. 8 vs. Idaho 3 3 6 0 0 1 1 PBUSept. 22 vs. UNLV 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 FR (TD), 1 FF; 1 PBUSept. 29 vs. Washington State 3 1 4 1-1 0 1 3 PBUOct. 6 vs. Oregon 7 2 9 0 0 0Oct. 13 at Oregon State 5 1 6 0 0 1 1 PBUOct. 20 at Washington 2 2 4 0 0 0 4 PBUOct. 27 vs. USC 4 0 4 0 0 2 4 PBUNov. 3 at California 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 PBUNov. 10 vs. Stanford 2 1 3 1-1 0 0 1 PBUNov. 23 at Arizona State 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 PBU2002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 2 PBU, 2 blocked puntsSept. 14 vs. Utah 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 PBUSept. 21 at Wisconsin DNP-InjuredSept. 28 vs. North Texas DNP-InjuredOct. 5 vs. Oregon DNP-InjuredOct. 12 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 19 at Stanford DNP-InjuredOct. 26 Washington State DNP-InjuredNov. 2 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredNov. 9 vs. UCLA DNP-InjuredNov. 16 at California DNP-InjuredNov. 29 vs. Arizona State DNP-Injured2003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 2 1 3 0-0 0 0 2 PBUSept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 5 1 6 0-0 0 0 1 FRSept. 13 vs. Oregon 5 1 6 0-0 0 0Career 27 games/26 starts 93 24 117 5-11 1-6 10 40 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR (TD)
FS, Darrell Brooks, 6-1, 202, So., Moreno Valley, Calif. Leads the UA defense with 25 tackles (18 solo) to go with one interception ... Notched seven tackles (four solo) to go with one tackle for loss vs. Oregon ... Tallied a career-high 13 stops (11 solo) vs. No. 13 Louisiana State to go with his first career interception ... It was Brooks' second career double-figure tackle game ... Notched five stops in UA's season-opening win over Texas-El Paso ... Ranked fifth on the team with 50 stops last season ... Earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors in 2002 ... Battled back problems a year ago but still started 10 games at corner.
Brooks Game-By-Game2002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 6 0 6 1-2 0-0 0 2 PBUSept. 14 vs. Utah 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 21 at Wisonsin 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 FFSept. 28 vs. North Texas 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 5 vs. Oregon DNPOct. 12 at Washington DNPOct. 19 at Stanford 5 0 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUOct. 26 Washington State 3 2 5 0.5-2 0-0 0Nov. 2 at Oregon State 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 9 vs. UCLA 7 3 10 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 16 at California 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 29 vs. Arizona State 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 FR2003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 11 2 13 0-0 0-0 1Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 4 3 7 1-0 0-0 0Career 13 games/13 starts 57 18 75 2.5-4 0-0 1 3 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR
LB, Joe Siofele, 6-2, 245, Sr., Waipahu, Hawaii Should flourish in Arizona's new 3-4 defense ... Collected five tackles vs. Oregon ... Totaled two tackles vs. No. 13 Louisiana State ... Registered seven stops in season opener vs. Texas-El Paso ... Returns to a traditional linebacker position after essentially playing as a rush end in UA's former double-eagle flex defense
Siofele Game-By-Game2000 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherSept. 2 at Utah 2 0 2 1-12 1-12 0Sept. 9 vs. Ohio State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 16 vs. San Diego State 1 0 1 1-8 1-8 0Sept. 30 at Stanford 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 FROct. 7 at USC 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUOct. 14 vs. Washington State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 21 at Oregon 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 28 vs. UCLA 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUNov. 4 at Washington 2 1 3 1-2 0-0 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 4 2 6 1-1 0-0 0Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 02001 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 at San Diego State 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 8 vs. Idaho 4 0 4 1-8 1-8 0Sept. 22 vs. UNLV 4 0 4 2-4 0-0 0Sept. 29 vs. Washington State 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 6 vs. Oregon 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 13 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredOct. 20 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 27 vs. USC DNP-InjuredNov. 3 at California 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 10 vs. Stanford 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 23 at Arizona State 3 0 3 1-7 1-7 02002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 5 0 5 1-5 1-5 0Sept. 14 vs. Utah 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 FRSept. 21 at Wisconsin 2 3 5 1-6 1-6 0Sept. 28 at North Texas 7 1 8 1-5 1-5 0 1 PBUOct. 5 vs. Oregon 7 4 11 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 12 at Washington 7 1 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 FFOct. 19 at Stanford 1 1 2 1-5 1-5 1 FFOct. 26 Washington State 2 5 7 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 2 at Oregon State 2 4 6 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 9 vs. UCLA 2 4 6 0.5-1 0-0 0Nov. 16 at California 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 29 Arizona State 2 2 4 1.5-9 1.5-9 02003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 2 5 7 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 13 vs. Oregon 2 3 5 0-0 0-0 0Career 34 games/20 starts 72 46 118 14-73 9-65 0 2 FF, 2 FR, 3 PBU
2003 Arizona Football Depth Chart - at Purdue, Sept. 20
WR 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 197, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 83 Mike Jefferson, 6-1, 205, *Fr., RS, El Paso, Texas (Parkland) 3 Jason Martin, 5-10, 175, So., 1L, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)LT 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 323, *Jr., 1L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)69 John Abramo, 6-4, 294, *So., SQ, Los Altos Hills, Calif. (St. Francis)LG 79 Keith Jackson, 6-5, 285, *Fr., RS, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) 78 Phil Clark, 6-4, 306, Jr., JC, Newbury Park, Calif. (NPHS/Moorpark CC)C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 301, *Jr., 2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 63 Tom Robinson, 6-4, 317, Jr., JC, La Mirada, Calif. (LMHS/Fordham/Cerritos)RG 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 298, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 71 Erick Levitre, 6-1, 262, *Fr., SQ, Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)RT 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, So., 1L, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) 76 Peter Graniello, 6-6, 294, Fr., HS, El Paso, Texas (Coronado) 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 314, So., 1L, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County)TE 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 260, *Jr., 2L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) 88 Clarence McRae, 6-2, 235, *Jr., JC, Deltona, Fla. (Pueblo/Arizona Western or 46 Matt Padron, 6-5, 265, *Fr., RS, San Antonio, Texas (Clark)WR 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, So., 1L, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls)84 Ricky Williams, 6-2, 209, *Jr., 1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) 1 Syndric Steptoe, 5-9, 179, Fr., HS, Bryan, Texas (Bryan) 4 Ryan Eidson, 5-9, 157, *Fr., SQ, Moraga, Calif. (De La Salle)QB 7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 211, *So., 1L, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) or 15 Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 198, *Fr., RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)HB 11 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) or 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 218, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 21 Beau Carr, 5-10, 205, So., 1L, Spring, Texas (Westfield)FB 36 Gilbert Harris, 6-2, 222, So., 1L, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill)35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, So., 1L, Houston , Texas (North Shore)48 Pedro Limon, 6-0, 244, *So., SQ, Douglas, Ariz. (Douglas)
OLB 51 Copeland Bryan, 6-4, 242, *So., 1L, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep) or 56 Andre Torrey, 6-4, 237, *Jr., RS, Alameda, Calif. (Alameda/Laney CC)45 Antoine Singfield, 6-1, 230, *So., SQ, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)DE 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 298, Jr., 2L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 62 Clifton Stanford, 6-4, 277, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson)NT 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 325, Sr., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) or 94 Paul Philipp, 6-3, 290, *Fr., RS, San Bernardino, Calif., San Bernardino) 93 Shawn Pack, 6-3, 287, Fr., SQ, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)DE 94 Paul Philipp, 6-3, 290, *Fr., RS, San Bernardino, Calif., San Bernardino)54 Lionel Dotson, 6-4, 242, Fr., HS, Pasadena, Texas (Dobie) 53 Jason Parker, 6-3, 244, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. Mission Bay)OLB 55 Marcus Smith, 6-6, 235, So., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay or 49 Matt Molina, 6-1, 237, *Sr., 3L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)MLB 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 245, *Sr., 3L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis)25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 223, Jr., 2L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline)57 Justin Stewart, 6-1, 246, *Jr., SQ, Woodinville, Wash., (Redmond)WLB 44 Patrick Howard, , 5-11, 228, *Jr., 2L, La Marque, Texas (La Marque) 40 John McKinney, 6-0, 223, *Fr., RS, Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove)CB 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 175, *Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson) 10 Zeonte Sherman, 5-11, 192, Jr., JC, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas/Ariz.WesternSS 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 196, So., 1L, Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 210, *Jr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro)FS 6 Darrell Brooks, 61, 202, *So., Moreno Valley, (Moreno Valley) or 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 199, *Sr., 3L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana)CB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 180, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)13 Luis Nunez, 6-0, 191, *Jr., RS, San Diego, Calif. (Hilltop/Southwestern CC)
PK 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *Sr., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame)KO 16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame) 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC)P 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 200, So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) or 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC)Holder 20 James MolinaSnappers 42 Joe Siofele (LS), 53 Tom Robinson (PKS)Returns 9 Gary Love, 82 Biren Ealy and 32 Clarence Farmer (KOR), 1 Syndric Steptoe and 83 Mike Jefferson (PR)
The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Lamon Means at California, 2002 (27 yards, Lance Relford block)Returned a blocked FG for a TD: Gary Love vs. North Texas, 2002 (60 yards, C. Williams block)Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii 1998Returned an interception for a TD LB Ray Wells (42 yards) at California, 2002; Brandon Nash (13 yards) at Arizona State, 2001Returned a fumble for a TD: CB Zeonte Sherman (1 yard) vs. LSU, 2003Blocked a punt for a safety: Andrae Thurman at San Diego State, 2001Scored a safety: Blocked punt (Andrae Thurman), at San Diego State, 2001Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54 0)Did not score a touchdown: at Oregon State, 2002 (OSU 38-3)A back ran for 200 yards: Trung Canidate (33 221) at OSU, 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Mike Bell (13-119, 1 TD) vs. UTEP, 2003Team rushed for 100 yards vs. UTEP (43-217, 4 TD), 2003Rushed for 250 yards vs. Oregon (36-258, 1 TD), 2001Rushed for 275 yards at UCLA (49-307, 3 TD), 1999Rushed for negative yardage at California (32- -5), 2002; at Oregon State (25- -23), 2002A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11 104) vs. UCLA, 2000A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (23-41-1-302-2) vs. Oregon, 2002A quarterback passed for 400 yards Jason Johnson (45-31-1-492-4), at California, 2002 (also at Washington, vs. Utah)Team 400 yards passing at California, 2002 (45-31-1-492-4), 2002Had 400 yards in total offense vs. UTEP, 2003 (69-446, 6.5 per play; 217 rush/229 pass)A receiver had 100 yards Bobby Wade (6-109) vs. Arizona State, 2002A receiver had 200 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD) at California, 2002Two receivers had 100 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD), Andrae Thurman (9-157), at California, 2002Two players rushed for 100 yards: C. Farmer (33 107) and O. Jenkins (11 104) vs. UCLA, 2000A player intercepted two passes LB Ray Wells (42 yds-TD, 3 yds) at California, 2002Blocked a punt: Lance Relford (returned for TD) at California, 2002; Michael Jolivette (2) vs. Northern Arizona, 2002Blocked a field goal: Carlos Williams vs. WSU, 2002; Mike Schwertley at Washington, 2002; Williams vs. North Texas, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Peter Hansen at USC, 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC, 2000Scored a 2 pt. conversion: Jason Johnson to Andrae Thurman pass at San Diego State, 2001Missed a PAT kick: Bobby Gill vs. LSU, 2003 (wide from 35 yards [penalty])Made a field goal: Bobby Gill (44 yards) vs. UTEP, 2003 (1-1)Missed a field goal: Bobby Gill (38 yards) vs. UTEP, 2003 (0-for-1)Beat a ranked team: 31 15 at USC (No.18), 2000Lost to a ranked team: 13-59 vs. Louisiana State (No. 13), 2003Beat an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003Lost to an unranked team: 10-48 vs. Oregon, 2003Won as a ranked team: 53 47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000Won as an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003Lost as a ranked team: 24 27 vs. UCLA, 2000 (Arizona No. 24)Lost as an unranked team: 10-48 vs. Oregon, 2003Played in tie breaker game: 53 47 vs. Washington State, 2000 (3 OT)
The last time an Opponent...
Returned a punt for a TD: Skyler Green (62 yards), vs. LSU, 2003Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001Returned a blocked FG for a TD: James Bethea (60 yards), at California, 2002Returned a kickoff for TD: LaShaun Ward (94 yards) at California, 2002Returned an interception for a TD: Joe Fleskoski (39 yards) vs. UTEP, 2003Returned a fumble for a TD: Coy Wire (89 yards), Stanford, 2001Scored a safety: Washington State (sack forces fumbled ball thru endzone), 2002Did not score: Illinois, 1996 (UA 41 0)Did not score a touchdown: North Texas, 2002 (14-9); Northern Arizona, 2002 (37-3)Made a field goal: Jared Siegel (22 yards), vs. Oregon, 2003 (2-for-2)Missed a field goal: Keith Robinson, vs. UTEP, 2003 (42 yards, 0-1)Missed a PAT kick: John Anderson at Washington, 2002Rushed for 200 yards: Oregon (56-210), 2003Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002Rushed for 275 yards: North Texas (60-282), 2002Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Mike Williams (40-162, 4 TD), Arizona State, 2002; plus six others in 2002Two backs ran for 100 yards: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001Had 400 yards in total offense Oregon (88-493, 5.6) and Louisiana State, 2003 (81-481, 5.9), 203A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45 202) vs. Oregon, 1999A quarterback passed for 300 yards Cody Pickett (29-49-455-4-3) at Washington, 2001A receiver had 100 yards Demetrius Williams (5-139), 3 TD), vs. Oregon, 2003Blocked a punt: Keith Lewis (partial). vs. Oregon, 2003Blocked a field goal: Lorenzo Alexander (Bobby Gill 44-yard attempt), at California, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Idaho, 2001 (Sean Keel attempt)Scored a 2 pt. conversion: QB John Welsh to Kevin O'Connell vs. Idaho, 2001
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