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Football Notes: Wildcats Brace for Bruins
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/23/2000
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    Arizona Football Schedule/Results

    
    Date		Opponent (*-Pac-10)	Time/Score
    Sept. 2		at Utah (ESPN2)	17-3	41,352
    Sept. 9		No. 16 Ohio State (FSN)	17-27	57,367
    Sept. 16	San Diego St. (KWBA)	17-3	44,973	
    Sept. 30	*at Stanford (KW/FSNA)	27-3	31,165
    Oct. 7		*at No. 18 USC (ABC)	31-15	49,342
    Oct. 14$	*Washington State	7:15 p.m. MST
    Oct. 21		*at Oregon (FSN)	7:15 p.m. PDT
    Oct. 28 	*UCLA (ABC)		4 p.m. MST 
    Nov. 4		*at Washington		12:30 p.m. PST 
    Nov. 11%	*Oregon St. (FSN)	8:15 p.m. MST
    Nov. 24		*Arizona St. (FSN)	2 p.m. MST

    (*Pac-10; $Family Weekend; %Homecoming)

    Game Tickets:
    Single-game tickets range from $7 to $41 depending on location and purchase plan. McKale Center Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Game-day tickets are sold at the Stadium's southeast side from 10 a.m. until halftime. Call 621-CATS or 1-800-452-CATS.

    Arizona Football On TV
    A number of games have been selected for television under the Pac-10's ABC/Fox Sports Net contracts. The UCLA game is to be televised on the West Coast only by ABC. TV for the UW game is TBA, but the rest of the schedule has been set for either ABC or Fox Sports Net.

    Arizona Football On Radio:
    KNST Radio (790 AM) is the flagship station for the Wildcat sports network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates include KOY/1230-Phoenix, KDAP-Douglas, KVNA-Flagstaff, KJAA-Globe, KWRQ-Safford, KTAN-Sierra Vista/Bisbee, KINO-Winslow, KNOT-Prescott/Chino Valley, KVWM-Showlow, KBLU-Yuma, KTOX-Needles, Calif., and KRLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Airtime: 40 minutes prior. TEAMLINE (1-800-846-4700) carries KNST's broadcast via telephone. Yahoobroadcast netcasts KNST's signal via the Internet, clickable at arizcats.com

    Dick Tomey Shows:
    Dick Tomey's weekly radio show, with host Brian Jeffries, airs Tuesdays at 7:05 p.m. on KNST Radio. Tomey's weekly television show, with Brian Jeffries, is shown Wednesdays on KTTU-TV-18 at 9:30 p.m.

    Coach Dick Tomey Weekly Media Events:
    Head coach Dick Tomey meets weekly with media in McKale 106 to preview games (Tuesdays at 1 p.m.) and in his office to review games Sundays at 1 p.m. Tomey is available in his office at mid days (520-621-4917) and also briefly after most practices. Tomey meets Wednesdays with any interested parties at 12 noon in the McKale Room of McKale Center for a Brown Bag Lunch.

    Information by FAX/Internet: SID Fax Number: 520-621-2681. Pivotal Communications (770-558-6000) for media on-demand fax services, or releases via the Internet at www.mediateamlink.com

    The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference, , No. 24 AP, No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) stay at home for a 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, game against the UCLA Bruins (4-3, 1-3) in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the West Coast only by ABC-TV with Sean Grande and David Norrie describing the play. A capacity crowd is expected.

    Some Game Themes: Two teams licking wounds after close losses Arizona battles to stay in second place in the league race while UCLA battles to snap a two-game conference losing streak and climb from the lower division Superficially it's a match-up of UCLA's offense vs. Arizona's defense, but few football games in the league have played to expected scenarios UCLA plays as an unranked team for the first time this season after entering Pac-10 play at No. 6 in the AP poll

    The Series: Arizona trails by 14-9 margin, with two ties. The Cats have won six of the last 11 and the teams were 5-5 in the 1990s. UCLA has won three of the last five, but Arizona won last year in Pasadena, 33-7. Arizona is 8-5 in games played in Tucson. The series dates to 1927 when Arizona recorded a 16-13 victory in Tucson, two years before Arizona Stadium was opened.

    The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 14th year at Arizona (95-60-4) and 24th overall (158-106-7). He is the coaching victories leader at two schools -- Arizona and Hawaii. He is 6-7 against UCLA, all while at Arizona. UCLA-Bob Toledo (San Francisco State '68), fifth year at UCLA (33-20) and 10th year overall (62-57). Toledo owns a 2-2 mark against Arizona.

    Last Week: Oregon Ducks 14, Wildcats 10
    Arizona saw its two-game conference road winning streak snapped at Eugene and dropped from a tie for first place in the Pac-10, falling to the Ducks in a defensive nail biter, 14-10. The score stood from the half as bruising tackling and give-no-quarter defense reigned in the third and fourth stanzas. But the Cats had a chance and were driving for the potential winning touchdown with only moments remaining, only to see four consecutive passes broken up, including two with contact by defensive backs in the end zone. Oregon, the league's top defensive unit, held Arizona to 217 total yards in offense, but Arizona held Oregon to a season-low 260 yards, too. The Ducks took an early 7-0 lead on their second possession with a passing play, then the teams traded defensive shots for eight possessions until mid way through the second quarter. UA's Ortege Jenkins was intercepted at Arizona's 22 yard-line to set up a short-field for the Ducks and Oregon scored on another pass play. The Cats stormed back on the next possession with Jenkins throwing a 58-yard strike to tailback Larry Croom. The Cats' Jermaine Chatman intercepted his first pass of the year on the Ducks' next possession and after Arizona was held, on Oregon's next try the Cats held and Adrian Koch blocked a punt to set up Sean Keel's 34-yard field goal to make it 14-10 at the half. Oregon's persistence in running the ball proved critical in the last 30 minutes of the game, keeping Arizona in tough field position: Arizona started second-half drives at an average 27 yard-line on nine possessions, including a 90-yard field on last call. Jenkins completed five passes - three to Brad Brennan - and rushed for six yards on the final drive, but the four final plays left the Cats stranded at the Oregon 36 yard-line as the final throw was batted away in the end zone. The teams combined for 11 quarterback sacks and Arizona was on the short end, with its young offensive line giving up eight for the second time this season. UO's Maurice Morris finished with 114 yards rushing on 34 carries - good for the Cats in holding him to 3.4 per tote and good for the Ducks in providing them some clock-management tools. UO quarterback Joey Harrington had the two scoring throws to counter his otherwise modest 9-for-22 evening. Noting the Bruins UCLA beat two No. 3 teams this year - Alabama and Michigan -- but oddly bring an eight-game road losing streak to Tucson. Its last road victory was Nov. 14, 1998, at Washington QB Corey Paus, the team leader with 54 percent accuracy and eight TD throws, missed three games after a shoulder injury against Alabama but has returned to take over the reins from fellow soph Ryan McCann Punter Nate Fikse is No. 14 nationally with a 43.33 average Linebacker Robert Thomas has five forced fumbles this year and leads the club with 48 tackles. That means he causes a fumble every 9.6 tackles Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has 43 catches for 830 yards and six touchdowns, to rank him No. 2 nationally with 118 yards per game and No. 14 with 6.14 receptions per game. He had 10 grabs against the Wolverines. Fellow wideout Brian Poli-Dixon of Tucson has 29 receptions and two scores Seven Bruins have thrown passes this year including WRs Drew Bennett, Mitchell and Poli-Dixon, and punter Fikse The leading UCLA rusher, tailback DeShaun Foster, missed the OSU game last week with a hand injury and is questionable for the Arizona game

    Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
    Tomey, 62, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and the NCAA Football Rules Committee, is in his 14th season at UA. He is the all-time victories leader at Arizona and the University of Hawaii. Tomey is No. 8 on the all-time list of Pac-10 conference coaching victories and the leading active coach. He has nine winning seasons and two .500 years in his tenure at Arizona, plus has taken seven teams to bowl games. He has been a feature of Arizona football while 27 counterparts have been head coaches at the other nine Pac-10 schools. He is the only coach in school history to win a Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. Tomey's leadership and recruiting ability have helped Arizona attract players who earned 17 All-America honors during the last decade, plus Arizona had 60 players in the professional ranks during the 1990s. His players have won four Pac-10 defensive Player of the Year awards, five Morris Trophy awards for top league lineman and six major national awards -- Thorpe Award, Outland Trophy, Bronco Nagurski Award, UPI Lineman of the Year, Lou Groza Award and the Mosi Tatupu Award. He is No. 9 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories. Tomey is one of only three coaches to be the all-time victories leader at two schools, joining Bear Bryant (Kentucky/Alabama) and George Welsh (Navy/Virginia). He has suffered only three losing seasons in 23 years as a head coach.

    	Overall record:  158-106-7 (.594)
    	Pac-10 record:  60-45-4
    	UA record: 95-60-4 (.603)
    	UA home record: 60-24-2
    	UA road record: 34-35-2
    
    Winningest Pac-10 Coaches By Conference Victories:
    1. Terry Donahue, UCLA (1976-95)		98-51-5
    2. Don James, Washington (1975-92)		97-38-2
    3. John McKay, USC (1960-75			70-17-3
    4. Howard Jones, USC (1925-40)			65-23-12
    5. O.E. Hollingberry, WSU (1926-42)		64-43-10
    6. John Robinson, USC (1976-82, 93-97)		63-23-3
    7. Larry Smith, Arizona (1980-86; USC 87-92)	63-34-4
    8. Dick Tomey, Arizona (1987-)			60-45-4
    
    Arizona and the Pac-10 in the 1990s
    Team		W	L	T	Pct.	Bowl Record
    Washington	82	35	1	.699	3-5
    Arizona		71	46	1	.606	3-3
    UCLA		70	45	0	.608	2-3
    Oregon		70	48	0	.593	2-5
    USC		68	49	3	.579	3-3
    ASU		61	51	0	.545	1-2
    Stanford	60	54	2	.526	2-3
    California	55	59	1	.483	3-1
    WSU		52	61	0	.460	2-1
    OSU		29	81	1	.266	0-1
    

    Injury Report:
    Starting center Bruce Wiggins (ankle) missed the last four games and remains questionable for UCLA. Starting LT Makoa Freitas (foot) had surgery Oct. 12 after missing three games and is out for the year. Starting left guard Steven Grace, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999, missed the Utah/SDSU/Stanford games with a shoulder injury (aggravated vs. Ohio State) and had surgery Oct. 3. He is out for the year. Sometime CB starter David Hinton (concussion at Oregon) is questionable for UCLA. Backup safety and special teams starter Clay Hardt (ankle at Oregon) is doubtful for UCLA. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder) missed the WSU/Oregon games and is doubtful for UCLA. Missed starts because of injury: 15 - LG Grace (3), WR Brennan (3), C Bruce Wiggins (4), OT Makoa Freitas (3), WR Wade (1), OT McFadden (1). (Note: for purposes of 'missed starts,' McFadden is now considered the starter at LG rather than Grace, as is Safranek for Makoa Freitas at LT.) Joe Tough? Oh, Yeah Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya has been playing with a sore shoulder but you wouldn't know it. At Oregon he had eight hits including one for a loss and knocked down two passes to help Arizona keep in the game with strong defense. This year he has two scoring plays - jarring hits on sacks which caused fumbles that Arizona recovered for scoop-and-score returns of 10 yards (Adrian Koch at Utah) and 32 yards (Idris Haroon at Stanford). He returned to his natural position this year after spending some time as an interior tackle in 1999. In seven games he has 33 tackles (9 for losses), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and four passes batted away. In the opener he had two sacks and two tackles for loss among eight hits, knocked down a fourth-down pass on 4th-and-goal at the 2 yard-line, and one sack caused a fumble which UA returned for a score. The Utah work earned him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5. Tafoya was the Cats' sacks leader in 1999 with 10 and the co-leader with 14 tackles for loss in a second-team All-Pac-10 effort.

    Squeezing the Most Out of It
    Fifth-year senior quarterback Ortege Jenkins has provided the 5-2 Cats with outstanding leadership. He's 14-7 as the starter in his four-year career. The 2000 season is his first as the sole proprietor of the position, and it's been an interesting ride. He weathered a 3-for-21 start in the first game and a half to improve to 50 percent on the season. He's played the last four games with newbies in front of him at center, left tackle and right tackle, and kept Arizona moving. After three years of sharing duties with Keith Smith, Jenkins has been under center for all but a handful of snaps performed with backup Jason Johnson. At Oregon he completed five passes for 52 yards on a 90-yard field in the final drive to help UA move within striking distance of the potential winning score. Against WSU he threw for three scores and ran for another and finished with 236 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Against SDSU he completed 19 passes for 200 yards and a TD - the third-most completions in his career. He is one of 23 senior QB candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Jenkins was a 1997 Pac-10 freshman record holder (19 TD throws), a 1998 big-play icon (somersault TD at Washington) and a 1999 thrower with 61 percent accuracy and a 144.72 efficiency rating. Jenkins' 4,892 career total offense yardage is No. 6, as is his 4,554 career passing yards. He has 41career touchdown passes, No. 5 on the UA chart and five short of tying a record set by Tom Tunnicliffe 17 years ago in 1983.

    Michael J. the Fox
    Redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette is a sly defender in the secondary. He's fourth nationally with five interceptions and missed most of the Oregon game after getting hit in the mouth by the top of a helmet. The entire team had that total in 1999. His INT in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter gave Arizona a shot at winning the game in regulation against WSU. Earlier, his jarring sack on a blitz caused a fumble that Alex Luna picked up and raced 17 yards for a score. This was a week after he was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions at USC. On the job training has helped UA develop what appears to be a quality young secondary. The group has eight of UA's 12 interceptions. Redshirt freshmen cornerbacks Jolivette and David Hinton, redshirt soph safety Brandon Nash join the elder in the secondary, sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester. (Worcester had seven starts in 1999.) JC transfer Jermaine Chatman has started the last two games. Jolivette (5), Hinton, Nash and Chatman have interceptions and each on effort rather than simply being in the right place at the right time. UA has good depth, too, with safeties Zaharius Johnson and Clay Hardt and corners David Laudermilk and Anthony Banks also seeing playing time. Banks did a good job filling in for Jolivette at Oregon. The team has broken up 55 passes (12 interceptions, 43 PBU).

    Even Keel
    Sophomore Sean Keel has given Arizona a place kicking weapon it needs - consistency. He knocked a 34-yarder home at Oregon to pull the Cats to within four points at the half. His 52-yard field goal attempt vs. WSU hit the upright, but proved his range has expanded and by all respects was a good kick. He's hitting at .750 accuracy and gives UA a dependable source of points. Arizona's success in the red zone - 11 touchdowns in 20 trips - has reduced Keel's opportunities, which is good. He's made six of eight tries and all 18 of his PAT kicks. He knocked a 29-yarder home at USC. He stepped up and booted field goals of 33 and 35 yards at Stanford. He added a 41-yard make against SDSU (and missed a 36-yard effort). He booted a 44-yard field goal on his first try of the year at Utah. After UA's 6-19 season in that regard in 1999, Keel's working on a 11-16 career mark. The Utah kick was the longest of his career.

    Blocking It
    Adrian Koch did it at Oregon. Peter Hansen and Antonio Pierce did it at USC. They blocked kicks. Koch's was a punt and the other two blotted out PAT tries. Koch's set up an Arizona field goal. Pierce's spoiled USC's bid for momentum and Hansen's came with scant minutes left in the game and emphasized UA's 60-minute effort. The blocks gave Arizona five this year. Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play that culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. Hansen has seven career blocks. He notched his sixth place-kick block against Utah on a Ute field goal try. He poses an 11-foot barrier: Hansen is 6-foot-8, has a good reach and has a recorded a 39-inch vertical leap. Last year he had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked, then went and lettered Arizona's basketball team. The Cats had 14 blocks in 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for 2000. Another on the squad who has blocked a kick is DE Joe Tafoya (FG, Middle Tennessee State, '99). Arizona has 42 blocks in the past 11 years and puts strong emphasis on the effort.

    Brad Could Be a Staple
    Senior wide receiver Brad Brennan showed at Oregon why coaches have been looking for his comeback from hamstring and back troubles. He tied his career high with six catches for 90 yards and 36 percent of the Cats' first downs. But the Cats employ a number of threats. Sophomore WR Bobby Wade had a UA season-high 112 yards on six receptions (tying the season high by Andrae Thurman) against WSU, including a 14-yard scoring catch, a 40-yard grab to set up a touchdown and a 24-yard snag on 3rd-and-16. Malosi Leonard made the catch of the night vs. WSU, leaping for an 11-yard connection on 3rd-and-9 in overtime to give Arizona a shot at the winning score. Brandon Marshall put UA on the scoreboard for the first time, catching a 56-yard bomb from Ortege Jenkins in the first quarter. Backup H-back Mike Detwiler had his first career catch against the Cougars, a one-yard scoring toss to help UA send the game into overtime. Meantime, wide receiver Gary Love, a redshirt freshman who sees considerable action on kicking units, earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after the WSU game, during which he kept busy with six kickoff returns for 145 yards and two tackles on the punt and kickoff units. Lance Relford also has seen game action at receiver for UA.

    Tailback Rotation
    Arizona running backs rushed only 13 times at Oregon, and netted only 21 yards. Dick Tomey later said UA could have been more persistent in trying to run the ball. The Cats have some weapons at tailback. Sophomore tailback Leo Mills saw his first extended duty against Washington State, gained a career-high 129 yards on 19 carries and scored UA's final two touchdowns in overtime. Mills' 100-yard effort was the first of his career. He and nominal starter Clarence Farmer share time with sophomore Larry Croom in rotation duty in the backfield. Croom scored UA's lone TD at Eugene on a 58-yard pass play from Ortege Jenkins. True freshman Farmer had back-to-back 100-yard games against Stanford and USC, and picked up 51 tough yards against the Cougars. He had 134 yards on 22 carries and an 80-yard TD run at Tailback U. He did a similar job on The Farm with 116 yards at Stanford (18 carries) to give him his first three-digit day. He's carving some new territory for true freshman backs at UA - Hubert Oliver in 1977 was the only UA running back to have two 100-yard rushing games in a season, though QB Ronald Veal pulled it off in 1987. He is the first true-freshman running back to run for 100 yards since Vance Johnson rushed 24 times for 183 yards against Fresno State in 1981. Against San Diego State, he averaged 7.3 yards per pop for 95 yards on 13 carries. True freshman Anthony Fulcher saw his first action at Stanford, playing on kickoff units and rushing twice.

    All Bruced Up
    Senior center Bruce Wiggins missed action in the last four games. As the starter for two-plus seasons, his loss has an effect on UA's offense. He had started 28 consecutive games before the miss, and played in seven games as a reserve center and tackle in 1997. Arizona's offensive production during his tenure has been superlative and he consistently has graded well in the trenches. UA used a new offensive line in its first four league games and might be without Wiggins for the UCLA game. True freshman center Reggie Sampay started for Wiggins, backup Darren Safranek started for injured left tackle Makoa Freitas, right tackle Marques McFadden started at left guard for ill Aaron Higginbotham who had started two games for injured Steven Grace, and Makai Freitas started for McFadden at right tackle. Right guard Kevin Barry did his normal thing. The work of Barry, Safranek, Sampay, Makai Freitas and Higginbotham in the past month has been a blessing. It's been difficult for the Cats to employ some offense that veterans would otherwise make possible, but for underscoring coach Dick Tomey's credo about 'picking up the flag' it's helped define the season so far. Line coach Charlie Dickey and QB Ortege Jenkins get credit from Tomey for helping the new guys play well. The new line was tested by the league's top-rated defense at Oregon and allowed eight sacks. Before that the group allowed only six sacks in three games - 2 vs. WSU, 4 at USC, 0 at Stanford.

    Cactus Curtain
    Arizona ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense and much of that comes from improved depth up front and an emphasis on the concept. Oregon kept at it and totaled 137 net yards, the best effort this year, but it took 45 tries (3.0 per) to get it done. WSU did some good things in the second half to finish with 101 net yards, the same figure as Ohio State, the other team to rush for more than 100 against UA this year. UA held USC to 10 net rushing yards. The Cats held Stanford to 68 net yards. The Cats have shown physical stopping power and a tendency to swarm the ball, especially in the red zone. Both USC and Stanford had 1st-and-goal opportunities and had to settle for field goals. Oregon had a first down at the Cats' 14 yard-line and had to settle for a field goal try (missed). The team leaders in tackles for loss are guys up front - DT Anthony Thomas (10) and DE Joe Tafoya (9). Arizona had 23 tackles from its defensive linemen at Oregon including 20 by those two guys and DT Keoni Fraser. The Cats had 19 tackles from its defensive linemen against San Diego State and helped lead another goal-line stand, turning SDSU away from a 1st-and-goal at the UA 1 yard-line without any points (missed FG). UA also did a good job keeping Aztec star Larry Ned's yardage (29 carries, 85 yards) mostly in between the 30s. In his first start since 1998 (redshirted last year), Thomas had five hits including three for losses against SDSU. Tafoya, Thomas, DE Idris Haroon and DT Keoni Fraser have started each game, while DT Young Thompson, DT Ben Alualu, DE Alex Luna and DE Johnny Jackson play in the rotation. UA has allowed only two rushing TDs this year.

    Haroon the Harpoon
    Senior defensive end Idris Haroon has some sharp plays this year. Against USC, he helped hold the Trojans to 15 points and 10 yards rushing with four tackles, including one sack that caused a fumble he recovered on the USC 19 yard-line to set up Arizona's final touchdown. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after his efforts helped UA beat Stanford. He returned a fumble 32 yards for a score and had a sack and two other tackles as UA limited the Cardinal to three points and 68 yards rushing. He had two tackles at Oregon to help UA hold the Ducks to a season-low 260 yards.

    Gray Matters
    Sophomore kicker Chris Gray is one of the Cats' unknown players. He kicks off, and then the other dudes take over. But he's been doing a fine job of it, with a variety in his arsenal - corner shots inside the 5 yard-line, hangers at the goal line, or the deep touch-back blast. Oregon's return game helped boost opponents season totals to 22.2 yards per return on 22 tries. Eleven of his kickoffs have not been returned and one was returned for only two yards at Oregon.

    Baked Goods
    Arizona is among national leaders (3rd) in turnover ratio with a 1.71 per-game margin. UA is first with 26 total turnovers gained, fourth in the country with 14 fumble recoveries, and eighth with 12 interceptions. Physical ball-jarring play was a heavy off-season emphasis. The turnover business, at +12, is a welcome feature of 2000 Wildcat football. When the ball's on the ground, UA appears to be the team most ready to get it, too. UA has recovered 14 of opponents' 17 fumbles. If it's in the air, the Arizona secondary has shown it breaks on the ball well, has an eye for the pick and can make tackles.

    Appreciating A.P.
    Senior inside linebacker Antonio Pierce is second on the team with 45 hits and has six tackles for loss, three knocked down passes, a blocked kick, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an overtime-ending interception. The latter play came at the goal line in the WSU game. At USC he led the way with nine tackles, a pass breakup and the blocked PAT kick. His physical play set the tone for the Troy rushing game on the first series - two tackles on USC runs gaining two yards. He notched the first sack at Stanford to set the tone for UA's defensive effort. He and Lance Briggs (team-best 67 tackles) give UA a pair of inside players with hunger for the hit. Shelton Ross is the third 'backer in the Cats rotation and has 11 tackles. The fourth inside linebacker, walk-on Trevor Wilde, had his first career sack at USC. They all like to hit.

    Lance-a-Lot
    Sophomore inside linebacker Lance Briggs had 12 tackles at Oregon to emphasize that while he's still learning the trade he is getting better. His move from freshman fullback to a natural linebacker spot was only a question of time. He's the team leader with 67 total tackles. He intercepted a pass at Southern California and had another pick against SDSU, tacking on a 17-yard return. He has seven tackles for loss, third on the club. He opened the year strong at Utah with five tackles on the Utes' first nine plays from scrimmage, and finished with a game-high 16 tackles including one for a loss.

    What a Pal
    Punter Chris Palic helped UA keep in contention with a 38.1 net punting average on nine punts at Oregon. He had five rugby punts in the game including one with his left foot. He had a career-high 11 punts against Ohio State and a then-high 10 punts at Utah. He had five against San Diego State, seven at Stanford, eight at USC and eight vs. WSU. It's a busy job (58 total) and Palic has done an outstanding and unselfish job of keeping UA's defense in decent starting field position. In the last five games, opponents total punt return yardage is 57 yards on 13 returns (4.4). At Palo Alto he helped UA start with average field position at its 37 yard-line while Stanford started at its 23. He put three punts inside the 20 in each of the first two games, one vs. SDSU, two each vs. Stanford, USC and WSU and one against Oregon -- 24 percent (14) of his punts put opponents inside the 20. He has only two touchback kicks among the 58 punts. The Buckeyes had one long return (47 yards) to hurt the season net figure (36.3). Palic has kicked 10 rugby-style punts this year including left-footers against the Buckeyes, Aztecs and Ducks. Two of his kicks have been fumbled and Arizona recovered one of those. Palic is a member of the 2000 American Football Coaches Good Works Team for outstanding athletic, scholarship and community service.

    Keeping Points Off the Board
    Arizona allowed three opponents only three points each, then did the triple overtime deal with WSU to allow the Cougs 47 points. It dropped UA 14 spots to No. 20 nationally in scoring defense (16.0), but the Wildcats held Oregon under that figure in a good effort. The Cats don't appreciate people running the ball over the goal line: UA has allowed only two rushing touchdowns, both against Ohio State. The defense has given up 11 scoring passes (6 by WSU, 2 by Ohio State and Oregon, 1 by USC) and five field goals. Arizona's offense allowed six points on an interception return. Goal-line defense has been a big help. Opponents have had eight 1st-and-goal opportunities and only 32 of a potential 56 points. Another help has been Arizona's turnover margin success. A number of the Cats' 26 turnovers recovered have turned back scoring efforts by opponents.

    Bagging It
    UA has 25 quarterback sacks for the season and notched three against an Oregon offense which had allowed only five in the previous six games. Two of those were by safety Brandon Nash on blitz plays and tackle Anthony Thomas and end Alex Luna combined for the other. Three of the sacks have led directly to scores - fumble-jarring sacks and scoop-and-score plays by Joe Tafoya/Adrian Koch at Utah, Joe Tafoya/Idris Haroon at Stanford and Michael Jolivette/Alex Luna against Washington State. Arizona has 18 different players involved in sacking the opposing QB this year. Against Utah, the Cats notched six sacks for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points. Another stopped a fourth-down try with the game still in doubt with 10 minutes remaining. Joining team leaders Tafoya (3), Haroon (3) and Nash (3) with sacks are Joe Siofele (2), Alex Luna (1.5), Anthony Thomas (1.5), Trevor Wilde, Adrian Koch, Austin Uku, Brandon Nash, Young Thompson, Keoni Fraser, Jermaine Chatman, Michael Jolivette, Antonio Pierce, Lance Briggs, Zaharius Johnson and Tony Thompson/Johnny Jackson (0.5).

    Arizona Game-by-Game Starters
    Offense	 WR		LT	 LG	 	C	RG		RT		TE		QB		TB		RB/TE/WR	WR/H-Back	PK
    at Utah	 Leonard	Makoa 	 Freitas 	Higg.	Wiggins		Barry		McFadden	Manumaleuna	Jenkins		Croom		Hugo-TE	Wnek-H	Keel
    Ohio St. Marshall	Makoa 	 Freitas 	Grace	Wiggins		Barry		McFadden	Manumaleuna	Jenkins		Croom		Thurman-W	Wade-W	Keel
    SDSU	 Leonard	Makoa 	 Freitas 	Higg.	Wiggins		Barry		Mi. Freitas	Manumaleuna	Jenkins		Croom		Marshall-W	Wnek-H	Keel
    At Stan	 Leonard	Safranek McF. 		Sampay	Barry		Mi. Freitas	Manumaleuna	Jenkins		Croom		Farmer-RB	Wnek-H		Keel
    At USC	 Leonard	Safranek McF. 		Sampay	Barry		Mi. Freitas	Manumaleuna	Jenkins		Farmer		Brennan-W	Wade-W		Keel
    At Ore	 Leonard	Safranek McF. 		Sampay	Barry		Mi. Freitas	Hugo		Jenkins		Farmer		Wade-WR		Wnek-HB		Keel

    Defense DE DT DT DE OLB ILB ILB CB SS FS CB Punt at Utah Tafoya Fraser Thompson Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Ohio St. Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic SDSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Stan Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At USC Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Ore Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic

    Offensive/Defensive Game-by-Game Team Totals Game Rushing Passing Total Opp Rush Opp Pass Opp Total TO's/Opp TO's Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG At Utah 39-135-1 3-15-11-0-0 54-146-1*-1 39-60-0 21-51-310-2-0 90-370-0-1 0/5 Ohio State 39-57-1 11-23-137-0-1 62-194-2-0 40-101-1 12-20-240-1-2 60-341-3-1 1/3 San Diego St. 36-185-0 19-31-200-1-1 67-385-2**-1 37-72-0 15-29-1-0 66-196-0-1 4/1 At Stanford 46-192-1 12-23-198-1-1 69-390-3*-2 30-68-0 14-32-2-0 68-245-0-1 3/6 At USC 44-117-3 7-13-136-1-1 57-253-4-1 27-10-1 26-50-321-3-1 77-331-2-0 2/5 At Oregon 32-17-0 15-32-200-1-1 64-217-1-1 45-137-0 9-22-123-1-2 67-260-2-0 2/1 (*-plus one fum ret TD; **-plus one blocked punt return TD)

    Red Zone Offense and Defense:
    Arizona is doing a good job in red zone offense and defense. At Oregon, however, Arizona had to settle for a field goal after it blocked a punt and recovered inside the Ducks' 20 in its only foray into the red zone. Oregon had two touchdowns and a missed field goal in three trips. The Wildcats also turned back the Ducks on an early key scoreless possession where the latter had a 1st-and-10 at the Cats 23 yard-line and UA held on four plays. The Cats were 5-for-5, all touchdowns, against Washington State, including three crucial OT plays. (WSU was 3-4). At USC the Cats scored two touchdowns and a field goal in three penetrations. USC had two TD and a field goal in five trips. A 1-for-5 night vs. San Diego State on Sept. 16 skewed UA's red-zone offensive numbers. Arizona had two turnovers and a missed FG inside the 20 yard-line against the Aztecs. At Stanford UA was 3-for-4 and held Stanford to one foray and a field goal. UA scored a touchdown on its lone RZ penetration against Ohio State. Ohio State had two touchdowns and two FGs on its four trips. UA scored a TD in two red zone trips at Utah, and the unsuccessful foray was a fourth-down rush in a clock-eat mode at 1:43 remaining. On the other side, UA was superb and turned back Utah four times in its visits to the Cats' 16, 11, 2 and 19 yard-lines. UA has had two 1st-and-goal defensive stops for zero points by opponents.

    Arizona in the Red Zone:	20 trips, 11 TD, 4 FG= 75% scoring, 55% TD 	1st-and-Goal: 10 (9 TD, 1 FG)		
    Opponents in the Zone:		23 trips, 9 TD, 1 FG=	  43% scoring, 39% TD 	1st-and-Goal: 8 (3 TD, 3 FG)		

    Sudden-Change Possessions:
    Arizona has been enjoying plenty of sudden-change opportunities. The Cats are No. 1 in the country with 26 turnovers gained and third nationally in turnover margin (1.71). The Cats are +12 in turnovers. A blocked punt at Oregon led to a quick UA field goal at the half. But after 10 takeaways in the preceding two games (5 at USC, 5 vs. WSU), UA came up with only one (interception) at Eugene. Arizona capitalized at Stanford for 20 turnover points. One botched game was three lost fumbles and an interception against SDSU. Still, Arizona is handling sudden change better than opponents, with 69 points to 33 after miscues. UA returned a fumble for a TD against Washington State, its third such play of the year (also Utah, Stanford). Against San Diego State a blocked punt return (not officially counted as a turnover) helped the Cats score 7 quick points. Against Ohio State, UA turned a fumbled punt into a quick touchdown. At Utah, the Cats recovered third-quarter fumbles after jarring sacks by Joe Tafoya and Idris Haroon, with whip linebacker Adrian Koch putting points up on a scoop-and-score effort following the first, and the Cats' Sean Keel kicking a 44-yard field goal after the second. UA scored a safety against the Buckeyes on a bad pitch from QB Steve Bellisari.

    Turnovers: Arizona 14, Opponents 26 Miscue points: Arizona 69, Opponents 33 (Includes turnover-, blocked/botched kicks-possessions, safeties)

    Arizona Football Notes

  • Wide receiver Brad Brennan had played one snap this year because of hamstring/back problems. He's nearing full strength and saw action in the last four games, starting at USC and vs. WSU. But on his first play (and the first play of a series), he took a post-corner route and Ortege Jenkins hit him at the 10 yard-line, Brennan made a move and scored from 36 yards at Stanford. He caught one pass at USC and added a career-high tying six at Oregon. The 36-yard effort is characteristic of Brennan's style. He's been the team leader in yards per catch the past two years
  • Backup defensive end Alex Luna continues to contribute when on the field. At Oregon he helped on one of Arizona's three sacks. Against Washington State, he picked up a fumble and rambled 17 yards for the first touchdown of his career after Michael Jolivette's jarring sack. He has 11 tackles including three for losses and 1.5 sacks, a pass interception (Stanford) and a two passes broken up...
  • Defensive tackle Keoni Fraser tied his career high with five tackles at Oregon and helped the Cats hold the Ducks to a season-low offensive output
  • Neither Arizona nor opponents have been too effective on third-down conversions. Arizona has a 25 percent rate while opponents enjoy a 34 percent conversion mark. In Arizona's defense, it has employed numerous clock-management possessions where the point is to hang on to the ball for a while, let Chris Palic punt it for field position, then play some defense and win the game
  • Senior outside linebacker Adrian Koch is making his final year a fun whirl in college football. At Oregon he blocked a punt for his first career block, helping lead to a UA field goal. At Stanford he had a sack to set up a short field for UA's first touchdown and recovered a fumble. He has five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries on the year. On Aug. 16, with minutes left in UA's training camp at Cochise College, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee. It appeared that the football career of the U.S. Marine veteran was over. Seventeen days later he was a game captain at Utah, made his first career start, notched four tackles and punctuated the game with a fumble recovery and 10-yard scoring return on the fourth play of the second half to put UA in the lead at 7-3. The ligament tear turned out to be relatively minor damage to an old injury, and Koch's able to play in a brace
  • Freshman WR Andrae Thurman caught six balls for 82 yards in his first real piece of playing time vs. SDSU. A week later at Stanford, Bobby Wade returned after missing a game with injury and led the way with five grabs for 74 yards including one of 46 yards to set up a TD. Wade caught four balls for 102 yards and a 75-yard score at USC and leads the club with 24 receptions and also has a 60-yard score (vs. Ohio State). Thurman has 12 catches. Brandon Marshall has started a couple of games and has 10 receptions. Brad Brennan's return from injury is on pace and he had 36-yard TD catch at Stanford on his first play back. Malosi Leonard and Lance Relford also see rotation time. All but Brennan play on special teams. Thurman returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Aztecs. Leonard completed a pass to Marshall for a big set-up play against the Trojans and also has a double-lateral play with Jenkins which the latter took 25 yards for an overtime score against WSU
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette has broken up 11 passes in seven games and intercepted five Last year's leader was Kelvin Hunter with 8 PBU in 12 games A mouth injury knocked him out of the Oregon game and a concussion knocked out CB David Hinton and Arizona turned to its depth. Arizona has played nine different defensive backs on plays from scrimmage - corners Jolivette and Hinton, SS Brandon Nash, FS Jarvie Worcester, corners Jermaine Chatman and Anthony Banks, SS Zaharius Johnson, FS Clay Hardt and cornerback David Laudermilk
  • A guy named Joe, redshirt freshman whip linebacker Joe Siofele, has given Arizona two guys at the spot. Senior Adrian Koch has started each game, but Siofele is bolstering the defensive unit with some solid play as the apprentice for the position that is so crucial to UA's eagle flex. He had two tackles and a fumble recovery to keep possession (Michael Jolivette's fumble after an interception) against USC. He recovered a fumble and was in on some knocks at Stanford. He has two tackles for losses (both sacks) this year and appears to be a guy who could become an anchor at the spot
  • UA has suffered 61 penalties for 464 yards, an average of nine per game. Last year the club set a "record" with 115 penalties for 930 yards The eight sacks by Oregon (and eight by Ohio State) are the most since No. 3-ranked Washington had eight in a 1991 victory in Seattle, 54-0)... The crowd of 57,367 for the Ohio State game was the biggest home-opener crowd in Arizona history. The next biggest home-opening crowd also was for a Big Ten team - 57,284 for a 1987 game against Iowa. The crowd of 50,350 against Washington State helped make Arizona 36th nationally in home attendance at 50,897

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    Dick Tomey on Pac-10 Teleconferences:
    Media can obtain the phone number by calling the Pac-10 Office, 925-932-4411, or the UA media relations office. The twice monthly teleconferences feature each Pac-10 coach in succession and begin at 9:30 a.m. (10 minutes each in this order: Price-WSU, Erickson-OSU, Willingham-SU, Holmoe-Cal, Neuheisel-UW, Snyder-ASU, Bellotti-UO, Hackett-USC, Toledo-UCLA, Tomey-UA.) Tomey's sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 24 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Nov. 7 12:05 a.m. MST/11:05 PST

    The Last Time Arizona...
    Returned a punt for a TD: 		Dennis Northcutt vs. Arizona State (81 yards), 1999
    Returned a blocked punt for a TD: 	Andrae Thurman vs. S.Diego State 2000 (34 yards), Brandon Nash block
    Returned a kickoff for TD: 		Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii, 1998
    Returned an interception for a TD: 	Greg Payne (24 yards) vs. UTEP, 1999
    Scored a safety: 			Team vs. Ohio State, 2000 (bad pitch by Steve Bellisari)
    Did not score: 				at Washington, 1991 (UW 54-0)
    Did not score a touchdown:		at Oregon, 1994, (UO 10-9)
    A back ran for 200 yards (last 2):	Trung Canidate (33-221) at OSU 1999; Canidate (27-202) vs. UTEP 1999
    A back ran for 100 yards (last 2):	Leo Mills (19-129) vs. Wash. St. 2000; Clarence Farmer (22-134) at USC 2000
    Blocked a punt (last 3): 		Adrian Koch at Oregon 2000; Brandon Nash vs. SDSU 2000; Nash vs. Nebraska 1998
    Blocked a field goal (last 3): 		Peter Hansen at Utah 2000; Hansen at OSU 1999; Hansen at UCLA 1999
    Blocked a PAT kick (last 3): 		Peter Hansen at USC 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC 2000; Peter Hansen vs. Washington 1999
    Scored a 2-pt. conversion (last 2): 	Ortege Jenkins' run vs. OSU, 2000; Ortege Jenkins to B. Manumaleuna vs. UW 1999
    Missed a PAT kick:			Sean Keel at ASU 1999
    Recovered a fumble for a TD (last 2):  	DE Alex Luna (17 yards) vs. WSU 2000; DE Idris Haroon (32 yards) at Stanford 2000
    Beat a ranked team (last 3): 		31-15 at USC (No. 18), 2000; 31-24 USC (No. 22), 1999; 23-20 Nebraska (No. 14), 1998
    Lost to a ranked team (last 2):			10-14 at Oregon (No. 7), 2000; 17-27 vs. Ohio State (No. 18), 2000
    Beat an unranked team:				53-47 vs. Washington State 2000
    Lost to an unranked team:	 		27-42 at Arizona State, 1999
    Won as a ranked  team:	 			53-47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000
    Won as an unranked team:	 		31-15 at USC 2000
    Lost as a ranked team:				10-14 at Oregon 2000 (Arizona No. 21)
    Lost as an unranked team:			17-27 vs. Ohio State, 2000
    Played in tie-breaker game (last 2):		53-47 vs. Washington State, 2000; 41-38 vs. California, 1998

    The last time an Opponent... Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Ariz State '91 Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Frank Primus, Stanford '97 Returned a kickoff for TD (last 2): JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington '97; Saladin McCullough (93), Oregon '97 Returned an interception for a TD: Chris Martin (31 yards) vs. WSU 2000 Scored a safety: vs. Oregon (Ortege Jenkins lateral into endzone), 1999; at TCU, twice, 1999 Did not score: Illinois, '96 (UA 41-0) Did not score a touchdown (last 3): at Stanford, 2000 (27-3); San Diego State, 2000 (UA 17-3); at Utah, 2000 (UA 17-3) A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): Maurice Morris (34-114) at Oregon, 2000; Dave Minnich (12-101) vs. WSU, 2000 A back ran for 200 yards (last 2): Reuben Droughns (45-202) vs. Oregon, 1999; Saladin McCullough (25-223) at Oregon, 1996 Blocked a punt (last 2): Eric Sturdifen, Penn State '99; Pat Tillman, ASU '97 Blocked a field goal: Terrance Carrole, Oregon State '97 Blocked a PAT kick: Duane Clemons, Andy Jacobs, Regan Upshaw (all 3, California), 1995 Scored a 2-pt. conversion: QB A.J. Feeley rush vs. Oregon, 1999, RB Droughns rush vs. Oregon 1999 Recovered a fumble for a TD: Antuan Simmons (44 yards), Southern California, 1999

    Arizona in the National Statistical Rankings: Turnovers Gained (26) 1st NCAA 1st Pac-10 Fumble Recoveries (14) 4th NCAA 3rd Pac-10 Turnover Margin (1.71) 3rd NCAA 1st Pac-10 Rushing Defense (80.0) 10th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Interceptions (12) 8th NCAA-tie 1st Pac-10-tie Scoring Defense (16.0) 20th NCAA 2nd Pac-10 Punt Returns (12.76) 26th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Michael Jolivette -INT (.71) 4th NCAA-tie 1st Pac-10

    NOTES The Cats' game vs. WSU dropped the club out of the Top 25 in total defense and pass efficiency defense, and the combined 8 TD passes against UA in those two games has kept UA low in the latter. But UA climbed upward (35) in total defense at Oregon This week, UCLA's passing offense rates No. 24 nationally at 253 yards per game Bruin WR Freddie Mitchell is No. 2 nationally with 118 yards per game and No. 14 with 6.14 catches per contest

    UA Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Career Game-by-Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int TC Yds TD Notes

    Jenkins - 1997 UAB No. 3 QB 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 0 mop-up duty, 2 positions at UCLA No. 2 QB 9 15 96 1 0 5 -6 0 in relief SDSU W, 31-28 17 32 285 3 0 11 28 0 first start; 56-yard TD Stanford W, 28-22 18 34 167 4 1 11 23 0 4-for-4 TD in red zone Washington L, 28-58 22 46 348 1 1 8 -39 0 directed 445 yards total offense Wash State L, 34-35 OT 20 42 246 4 0 12 8 1 Responsible for 5 TDs Oregon State W, 27-7 18 33 238 3 0 2 2 1 to No. 4 UA season TD throws California W, 41-38 2OT 4 11 95 0 1 3 -7 0 started, 2 scoring drives ASU W, 28-16 7 19 194 3 2 11 33 0 37-, 40-, 29-yd TD throws New Mexico (1 series) 0 4 0 0 1 3 -14 0 Senior Brady Batten started and went most of the way

    Jenkins -- 1998 at Hawaii W, 27-6 3 11 19 0 0 2 -1 0 Thwarted drives in his 6 series at Stanford trailing 8 14 158 1 0 7 25 0 2 scoring drives; 6 series vs. Iowa increased lead 4 10 118 0 0 5 17 0 2 score drives, 7 series, 76-yd pass at SDSU 5 series 6 9 75 1 1 4 13 0 40-yd pass off scramble at Wash 8 winning drive 10 19 111 1 0 5 13 1 flip-flop TD to win game at 0:04 UCLA L, 52-28 14 30 260 1 1 8 26 0 11 series; 3rd-most yds in career at Oregon State W, 28-7 4 6 22 0 0 2 -12 0 4 series, opened lead at 7-0 vs. NLU 4+ series 7 12 62 1 0 2 16 0 2 scoring drives, 14-yard run vs. Oregon 6 series 1 4 8 0 0 4 -7 0 1 scoring drive vs. WSU 3+ series 5 7 68 0 0 2 2 0 11-play, 89-yard scoring drive at Cal 5 series 5 9 50 0 1 5 0 0 >2-minute= drive for long FG at half ASU 8 series 3 11 60 0 1 10 64 1 led team on drives for 24 pts Nebraska 4 series 1 4 15 0 0 5 -18 0 2 plays on winning drive

    Jenkins -- 1999 at Penn State 8 series 8 14 104 1 0 11 16 0 led team on lone scoring drive at TCU 9, come-back 5 9 163 2 1 15 -20 0 21-point flurry 3rd Q; 2-pt PAT run, WR on winning drive vs. MTSU W, 34-19 16 23 118 1 0 4 21 1 zero-turnover direction; 8-yard TD run; 10 series vs. Stanford L, 22-50 15 23 200 3 0 10 -63 0 sixth 3-plus TD game in his career; 11 series at WSU W, 30-24 6 8 61 0 0 3 -6 0 1st scoring drive; 3 series vs. USC 1 series 0 1 0 0 0 2 -7 0 1 reception, +/- 10 plays at WR vs. UTEP 10, come-back 10 17 113 1 1 11 83 1 brought UA back from 14 pts down; 52-yd run vs. Oregon L, 41-44 3 7 45 0 0 5 47 1 7 series, career-long 65-yrd TD run at UCLA 4 series 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 much of game at WR, 2 catches, 25 yds vs. Washington 5 series 12 18 198 1 1 5 3 1 2 score drives, 2-pt PAT pass at Oregon St 6 series 4 9 80 0 1 5 9 0 2 FG drives at ASU 2 series at WR

    Jenkins - 2000 At Utah W, 17-3 3 15 11 0 0 9 8 0 not a highlight film but directs to victory; no turnovers vs. Ohio State L, 17-27 11 23 137 1 1 19 4 1 career-long 60-yard TD throw to Bobby Wade; 9-15 2nd half vs. S. Diego St W, 17-3 19 29 200 1 1 8 5 0 30-46 (65%) last throws; 2-minute drive at half for lead at Stanford W, 27-3 12 22 198 1 1 6 2 0 Not sacked; 50-yard TD bomb dropped by receiver at USC W, 31-15 6 12 110 1 1 8 -41 2 career-best 75-yarder to Wade; nifty bootleg running scores vs. Wash St. W, 53-47 3OT 15 30 236 3 2 11 61 1 trades TD pass shots with Gesser; 25-yard TD run at Oregon L, 10-14 15 31 200 1 1 17 -5 0 12-play drive at end gives UA a shot; 58-yard TD throw

    O.J. as Starter: 13-6

    Arizona 2000 Football Depth Chart (vs. UCLA, Oct. 28) OFFENSE WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 187, So-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 6 Brandon Marshall, 5-11, 194, Jr*-JC/RS, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside/Palomar CC) 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 179, Fr*-RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) LT 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 270, So*-1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) LG 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) C 70 Bruce Wiggins, 6-3, 282 , Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Robert E. Lee) - INJURED or 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RG 72 Kevin Barry, 6-5, 330, Jr.*-JC/RS, Racine, Wis. (Park/Hutchinson CC) 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) RT 76 Makai Freitas, 6-7, 297, Sr-3L, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Clintondale, Mich. HS) 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) TE 90 Brandon Manumaleuna, 6-3, 292, Sr-3L, Torrance, Calif. (Narbonne) 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 271, So*-1L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) 88 Justin Levasseur, 6-5, 240, Fr*-RS, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch) QB 16 Ortege Jenkins, 6-1, 213, Sr*-3L, Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 200, So*-1L, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup) 17 Kyle Slager, 6-1, 194, Fr*-RS, Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) WR 25 Malosi Leonard, 6-2, 212, Jr*-2L, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale 13 Brad Brennan, 5-11, 177, Sr*-3L/RS, Redwood, Calif. (St. Francis HS/Worcester, Mass. Academy) 3 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 179, Fr*-RS, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 194, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) RB 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington or 20 Leo Mills, 6-0, 212, So*-1L, Humble, Texas, (Humble) or 5 Larry Croom, 5-10, 209, So-1L, Long Beach, Calif. (Polytechnic) FB/HB 91 Eli Wnek, 6-3, 246, Jr*-2L, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood HS) 40 Mike Detwiler, 6-2, 231, Jr-JC, Truckee, Calif. (Truckee/Pasadena CC)

    DEFENSE DE 99 Joe Tafoya, 6-4, 255, Sr*-3L, Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg) 9 Johnny Jackson, 6-3, 265, Jr*-JC, San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine, Sacramento CC) 92 Aaron Huisman, 6-4, 235, So.*-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Christian) DT 56 Keoni Fraser, 6-1, 282, Jr-2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 298, So*-1L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) DT 58 Anthony Thomas, 6-2, 290, Jr.*-2L/RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena) 95 Ben Alualu, 6-1, 275, So*-1L/RS, Honolulu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) DE 87 Idris Haroon, 6-2, 248, Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Hastings) 54 Alex Luna, 6-0, 230, Jr*-2L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando HS) WLB 52 Adrian Koch, 5-9, 216, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Desert View) 42 Joe Siofele, 6-1, 240, Fr*-RS, Waipahu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) ILB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-1, 230, So-1L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 96 Trevor Wilde, 5-10, 200, Sr*-1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon/Mesa CC) ILB 45 Antonio Pierce, 6-1, 233, Sr*-1L, Ontario, Calif. (Serra/Mt. San Antonio CC) 38 Shelton Ross, 6-0, 222, Jr*-1L, Kansas City, Mo., (Hutchinson CC) BCB 23 Jermaine Chatman, 5-11, 177, Jr-JC, Compton, Calif. (Hawthorne/Pasadena CC) 2 David Hinton, 5-11, 170, Fr*-RS, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) 11 David Laudermilk, 6-2, 172, So*-1L, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View) SS 19 Brandon Nash, 6-1, 215, Jr*-2L/RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills) 24 Zaharius Johnson, 6-0, 194, Jr-1L, Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 195, So*-1L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 192, Fr*-RS, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) FCB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 175, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 165, Jr.-1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC)

    SPECIALTY PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 200, So*-1L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) 24 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 195, Fr*-RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) KO 28 Chris Gray, 6-1, 193, So.-1L, Irvine, Calif. (University) 12 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Punter 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) 19 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Snapper 84 Nate Campbell, 6-1, 223, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS) Holder 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) Returns 1 Bobby Wade (PR), 9 Gary Love (KOR), 5 Larry Croom (KOR), 3 Andrae Thurman (KOR), 17 Anthony Banks (PR)

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