Aug. 26, 2002
The Game - Arizona (0-0) renews football acquaintance with Northern Arizona (0-0), in both teams' season opener Saturday, Aug. 31, in Tucson. Kickoff at 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 7:07 p.m. The game will be cablecast live in Arizona markets by Fox Sports Net, with Dave Sitton and Glenn Parker describing the action.
Some Game Themes - The two teams have not played in 57 years, since September 1945. That's the month President Harry S. Truman declared VJ Day at the close of World War II... It's Arizona's first game against a Division I-AA team since the NCAA established the designation for championship play in 1978, although UA has played some new I-A teams in the past decade shortly after they left I-AA (Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, UAB)... It's a playoff team ranked No. 15 in the final 2001 polls (NAU) against a team looking for some renewed respect after a few years' hiatus in national appeal... NAU is ranked No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 21 in The Sports Network preseason I-AA SID/Media poll...
The Series - Arizona holds a 5-1 record in the series, which dates to 1931 when UA won the first meeting, 19-12, in Flagstaff... The Lumberjacks' lone victory came in 1932 in Phoenix, 7-6... The last meeting was a 52-6 Wildcat victory in Tucson in 1945... UA is 9-2 against Big Sky schools all time...
The Coaches - Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), second year at Arizona (5-6) and 15th season as a collegiate head coach (90-70-3). He has not coached against Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona: Jerome Souers (Oregon '83), fifth year at NAU (21-25) and fifth year overall. He has not coached against Arizona and is 0-1 against Pac-10 schools after a 45-10 loss at Oregon State a year ago.
Arizona Training Camp - The team completed training camp Aug. 23, with 22 practices spread over 14 days. If anything, the preseason was a smoothly run, businesslike affair. When plans called for 24 plays in a skeleton passing drill, 24 plays were run in the allotted time. Arizona solved some questions about depth but had some injuries to key starters throw some untested players into potential roles, perhaps a bit ahead of time. Head coach John Mackovic said in February he expected the 2002 signing class to have a number of guys who would play, and that appears likely along the lines, in both backfields and at the punting position, at least. Some off-field summer distractions left a few unanswered questions about personnel, too. Those could be dealt with this week. No matter what, Arizona's players are eager to build on their season-ending victory last November and move the Mackovic program into new territory. The Cats are bigger, stronger, more in tune with their leader's style and dedicated to the proposition that Arizona football can return to the top of the Pac-10 heap.
Lumberjack, Match-up Notes...
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff. Enrollment: 20,000. Colors: Blue & Gold; Conference: Big Sky. 2001 Record: 8-4
The Lumberjacks posted the third-best turnaround in I-AA last season, with a five-game improvement to 8-4... A reward: the fourth NCAA playoff appearance in the program's history... Fifteen players earned All-Big Sky honors... Two All-Big Sky performers at wide receiver - Clarence Moore and Johnny Marshall - should help junior college transfer quarterback Clint Womack (injured in the third game last year, medical redshirt) keep the NAU offense rolling. They each caught 43 balls last year. Marshall's an accomplished 400m sprinter and hurdler for NAU's solid track program... Linebacker Keith O'Neil was an all-conference first-team pick, leading the club with 83 tackles. The linebacker corps is expected to be a strong point for the Lumberjacks, with Kaaina Keawe, Mike Sands and George Asalele joining O'Neil for a strong nucleus in the 4-3 defense... Freshman RB Philo Sanchez, a Tucson Sunnyside High School star with more than 4,800 career yards, had 47 yards on five carries in a recent scrimmage and is contending for a tailback spot, plus listed as a top kickoff returner... NAU reserve offensive lineman Andy Nuessle, a sophomore, was on Arizona's roster the past two years and logged time in the Oregon game last year as a defensive end... UA offensive line coach Charlie Dickey was an NAU assistant for two years from 1990-91 under another former Wildcat staffer, then head coach Steve Axman... NAU sports information director Steve Shaff is a Tucson prep product and Arizona grad who worked in UA's SID office from 1988-92...
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
UA's 26th head coach enters his 18th 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 and organization. The Wildcats are that - a well organized program - and it starts at the top under a head coach with a proven record as a football strategist. UA's 2001 team unveiled a sophisticated attack which produced a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a near 1,000-yard receiver - those an untested junior quarterback, a sophomore halfback and a junior receiver. Mackovic served notice that under his tutelage Arizona will be a productive team that can score points. Mackovic's first year in Tucson opened with the team snapping a program five-game losing streak, and opened the year 3-0 to complete only the third perfect non-conference campaign in the past 11 seasons. Pacific-10 Conference play ushered in some difficult going as the club extended its league losing streak to 10 games before a breakthrough. This year he's emphasized the mental readiness the team must have at the same juncture. Mackovic's second-year legacy at several previous coaching stops gives Arizona partisans optimism. At Wake Forest his second club improved by seven games. His second Kansas City Chiefs team went from 6-10 to 8-8. His Fighting Illini improved from 6-5-1 to 10-2 in his second season. Anticipation is clearly a theme in UA's camp. As the District 9 representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association, Mackovic, 59, has a voice heard nationally. His focus on the total student-athlete has been underscored by eight national academic/citizenship honor winners during his collegiate career including another member (Eli Wnek) selected last year to the AFCA "Good Works Team." Arizona recorded a program-high four first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selections in 2001.
Mackovic at a Glance:
Offensive guard Makoa Freitas (wrist surgery Aug. 24) is out for several weeks. Defensive end Andre Torrey (hip) is out for NAU. Offensive tackle Darren Safranek (knee) is doubtful. LB Pat Howard (knee) is questionable. OL John Vorsheck (concussion) is questionable. True freshman wide receiver Mike Jefferson (knee) and sophomore transfer quarterback Matt Belshe (knee) had surgery last week and will miss several weeks. Safety Justin Jochum had ankle surgery after an early August weight-room injury and is out indefinitely. Frosh DE Paul Philipp has been slowed by off-season shoulder surgery and has not yet been able to fully participate.
Status of Three Players In Question
Four players were involved in off-the-field incidents during the summer and have pending court appearances. Coach John Mackovic said he would announce any decision regarding their status sometime during the week of the NAU game. All reportedly at least violated implicit team curfew guidelines. They are: starting wide receiver Bobby Wade, nominal starting defensive end Andre Torrey and defensive end Javier Martinez, who worked himself into the rotation during camp.One other player involved in the incidents, defensive back Danny Perry, quit the team before camp.
The team will elect permanent team captains near the close of the season. Each week prior to that honor, game captains are selected by head coach John Mackovic. The game captains for the Northern Arizona game will be announced shortly.
Arizona In Season Openers
Arizona is 53-23-3 in season openers played against four-year university opponents. UA opened the season against Northern Arizona in 1940 and 1945, winning 41-0 and 52-6, respectively.
Arizona's Coaching Staff During Games
UA will spot head coach John Mackovic, defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff, offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer, wide receivers coach Rob Ianello and defensive line coach Marty on the sideline this year. The high view in the coaches booth will be used by offensive coordinator Rick Dykes, defensive ends coach Charlie Camp, secondary coach Steve Bernstein, running backs coach Jay Boulware and graduate assistants Jeff Rodgers and Terry Samuel.
New Faces in the Mix
A number of players are expected to see their first action in an Arizona uniform this year. Redshirt freshmen who should debut against Northern Arizona include: halfbacks Mike Bell and Gainus Scott, fullback Sean Jones, quarterback Nic Costa, defensive tackle Brad Brittain and cornerback Darrell Brooks. Others could be defensive end Copeland Bryan and linebacker Pedro Limon. Junior college transfers on the depth chart include wide receiver Juan Valentine, cornerback Luis Nunez, defensive tackle Carl Tuitavuki, defensive end Javier Martinez and offensive lineman Matt Lamatsch. (DE Andre Torrey hurt his hip a few days into camp. He was penciled in as the starter on one side after a strong showing in spring ball. He's doubtful for NAU). Among true freshmen in the mix are WR Biren Ealy, FB Gilbert Harris, DE Marcus Smith, FS Lamon Means, OG John Parada, OT Tanner Bell, C Kili Lefotu. LB Spencer Larsen and punter Danny Baugher. Smith is listed as the starter at DE with Torrey out. Senior fullback Joey Willrodt joined the team as a non-scholarship player in spring ball. He just received a scholarship from coach John Mackovic and is the listed starter following a solid camp.
The Farmer and the Bell
Arizona's situation at halfback is among the most promising developments on the team. Junior Clarence Farmer, the first-team All-Pac-10 pick in 2001, and redshirt freshmen Mike Bell and Gainus Scott should give the program as good a three-back punch as it's had in the Wildcats' Pac-10 years. Farmer rushed for more yards (1,229) than any runner in the league a year ago and was named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award Aug. 20. Farmer has 1,895 career rushing yards and needs 88 more to hit UA's all-time chart, where Gary Taylor sits at No. 10 with 1,982. With 128 more he'd move into the No. 9 spot, passing Eddie Wolgast (1945-50) who toted for 2,022. Bell's an explosive player whose open-field talent is superlative and has coaches eager to see his game skills, while Scott is a rugged, slashing runner with speed. Any combination of the two should make focusing on one a dangerous proposition for opponents. Those three plus redshirt freshman fullback Sean Jones, senior fullback Joe Wilrodt, true freshman fullback Gilbert Harris and junior halfback Chris Harris give Arizona a nice stable of runners. Catching the ball out of the backfield is critical in UA's offense, too.
Senior inside linebacker Lance Briggs brings two-time All-Pac-10 credentials to UA's defense and it hasn't been done with mirrors. His total of 206 tackles in those two seasons came on the move. With 210 career hits (4 as a true freshman fullback on special teams in 1999), a big year could move him close to former UA All-American and NFL draftee Sean Harris (1991-94), a swift and rugged linebacker like Briggs who recorded 320 tackles. Briggs is a preseason All-American and clearly the top physical presence behind the line for the Wildcats. Beside him, senior Ray Wells and sophomore Kirk Johnson have solid Pac-10 experience. Johnson drew raves playing as a true freshman a year ago. Soph Pat Howard is the fourth inside linebacker and lettered a year ago as a redshirt freshman. On the outside, junior Joe Siofele is the returning starter at whip linebacker and brings speed and size to the position.
Cogito Ergo Sum
'I think, therefore I am' wrote Rene Descartes nearly four centuries ago. With all apologies to the French philosopher, Arizona senior quarterback Jason Johnson has seemingly willed - and worked -- himself into contention as a Pac-10 quarterback of notoriety. It took four years -- one as a redshirt, two as a holder and one solid year last season - to demonstrate his aptitude and ability measure up to his work ethic. Last year he eagerly devoured the offensive strategies of John Mackovic and coordinator Rick Dykes and completed 169 passes for 57 percent , 2,347 yards and 19 touchdowns, all in Arizona's top 10 for single-season marks. That he was previously untested... was demonstrated by 13 interceptions. But he had three 300-yard games and capped the year with 18 throws in 29 attempts (62%) for 225 yards and two scores against Arizona State. He's capable of that each time out. He's not terrifically fast and he doesn't possess a rocket arm, but he's the quarterback and field general, and Arizona coaches intend to determine just how much he's digested of a complex and attacking offense. Based on spring ball and fall camp - plenty. He looks for the open man and finds him, practice after practice. It's said by Mackovic that "we play that way and practice that way" - with multiple threats. Johnson's familiar with them. A graduate student, Johnson's the reigning first-team Academic All-Pac-10 quarterback and a candidate for the AFCA "Good Works Team" which cites athletic, scholastic and civic responsibility. Behind Johnson, redshirt freshman Nic Costa had a good camp and the lefty, despite no game experience, should see some early action. True freshman Ryan O'Hara came on strong at the end of camp and despite a wiry 190-pound, 6-foot-6 frame, could see action this year, according to Mackovic. Costa throws the deepest ball and is the fastest, but O'Hara has some wheels, too.
The Little Streak
It's a very modest winning streak, but Arizona's football program has been upbeat since its victory at Arizona State to close last season. The one-game winning streak is something to build on. Enthusiasm and a foundation of success for the program have been evident since that contest. 'You're only as good as your last game' is one coaching adage. The Wildcats played an outstanding game in the finale, in all aspects, and worked hard to continue to do so.
'Youth Now Flees on Feathered Foot'
...So wrote Robert Louis Stevenson more than a century ago. Arizona's Robert Louis Wade - Bobby - has shown plenty of fleetness of foot in his career as a Wildcat wide receiver. He's No. 3 on the school career chart with 137 catches and 17 touchdowns, and No. 4 with 1,962 yards. His 62 receptions a year ago were the No. 4 single-season figure. He has a live streak of three 100-yard games entering the season and a streak of 31 consecutive games with a reception - No. 12 nationally and 11 short of UA's record of 41 by Dennis Northcutt (1996-99). He and junior Andre Thurman (30 receptions, 470 yards in 2001) could make it tough for opponents to double-team, plus junior Lance Relford brings solid game experience to the mix. Juco transfer Juan Valentine and freshman Biren Ealy were impressive in camp and are expected to contend for substantial rotation play. Wade, also, has 2,836 all-purpose yards and is a quality kick returner.
Offensive Line Deep and Big - and Jumbled Somewhat
Recruiting efforts in the off season centered in part on height and size across the lines. On offense, coaches attracted five recruits with the attributes - 6-foot-8, 326-pound John Parada, Tanner Bell (6-8, 324), Kili Lefotu (6-5, 298), Keith Jackson (6-5, 312) and Matt Padron (6-5, 259, TE). Meantime, the guys on the varsity heard the dimensions and got busy. Returning regulars Makoa Freitas (6-4, 295), Chris Johnson (6-3, 295), Keoki Fraser (6-3, 300), Brandon Phillips (6-8, 330), Darren Safranek (6-7, 290), Reggie Sampay (6-3, 285), John Vorsheck (6-4, 305) and Aaron Higginbotham (6-5, 295) didn't slip through slats in the fence reporting to camp. The lettermen tight ends - James Hugo (6-6, 266), Justin Levasseur (6-4, 245) and Steve Fleming (6-6, 250) also ate well and worked hard in the summer. What fall camp has shown is that coaches have a nucleus of veterans, young and old, to help bring along the newcomers, some position flexibility by key people like Freitas and Johnson, and some immediate problems with injuries - Freitas and Safranek. But Arizona appears to have the people for a sizeable and proficient front. The group was responsible for helping UA record some solid offensive output in 2001 and there's no reason those numbers won't climb in 2002. A 2,000-yard passer (Jason Johnson) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Clarence Farmer) required skill in the trenches, so building on that foundation would not be a surprise.
Arizona's off-season work in the secondary centered around stopping the litany of big plays which plagued the defense in 2001. Junior cornerback Michael Jolivette intercepted five passes and set an Arizona single-season record in breaking up 20 passes. Michael's been a fixture of UA's secondary since then quarterback Keith Smith told bystanders in summer 1999 that there was only one guy who was covering wide receiver Dennis Northcutt with any regularity in informal drills - Jolivette. Since, he's intercepted five passes in each of his first two years (after redshirting the '99 season), good enough for national Top 20 rankings. Across from Jolivette, redshirt freshman Darrell Brooks seems to have wrested the top role from senior David Hinton. Mid-year juco transfer Luis Nunez and converted (in spring) wide receiver Gary Love also have roles. At free safety, senior Jarvie Worcester is the dean of the secondary, a fifth-year player with three years' experience. True freshman Lamon Means has raised eyebrows there. Junior Clay Hardt is the starter at strong safety, but sophomore Tony Wingate and junior Anthony Fulcher rotate in various sets. Hardt also has experience at the free safety spot. Arizona's eager to see how some different looks and altered assignments will work in the secondary.
The Double-Eagle Flex
Despite some difficulty in 2001 - surrendering a school-record 34.3 points per game, for one -- Arizona kept its double-eagle flex defensive scheme. But in the off season coordinator Larry Mac Duff and head coach John Mackovic looked at ways to improve and did add some wrinkles to continue the gap-control, pressure style that pushed Arizona to the top of the national statistics in total defense and rushing defense in the 1990s. Look for the Cats to be more disciplined and effective with a variety of pass-defense alignments, but expect stopping the run to be paramount. UA slipped in the department a year ago, dropping from No. 8 nationally (2000) to No. 48.
Coach John Mackovic's a stickler for details and accountability, and it left UA short four guys on the defensive interior when camp opened and final grades for summer school had not been posted. The only returning starter, senior tackle Young Thompson, was one of those fellows, as were sophomore tackles Carlos Williams and Vince Feula. Williams played sparingly in 2001 after switching from tight end at the start of the year; Feula did not play in 2001. All three joined camp after a week or so, joining redshirt freshman Brad Brittain and juco transfer Carl Tuitavuki inside. The fourth player held out, DE Isaac Watts, was ruled academically ineligible. At defensive end, spring ball elevated Andre Torrey to potential starter. Letterman Fata Avegalio, mid-year juco convert (from TE) Javier Martinez, and newcomer Marcus Smith also figure in the mix on the edge -- Smith should start this week. Redshirt freshman walk-on Copeland Bryan will provide depth at DE. Promising freshman Paul Philipp reported with a shoulder in rehabilitation and has yet to see full-contact practice action. As a group, it's considerably deeper, with more practice reps under each belt than last year's.
Kicking the Ball
The punting and kicking jobs haven't been absolutely nailed down by the incumbents - place kicker Sean Keel, punter Ramey Peru and kickoff specialist Ryan Slack. Competition from freshman punter Danny Baugher, squadman kicker Bobby Gill and Keel (at kickoff specialist) kept things lively in fall camp. Baugher has a deep leg, but Peru stepped up and began getting the depth and hang time coaches expect. Gill did a good job in his camp kicks. The team needs to improve on its figures from last year - 34.7 net punting average and overall 64.3 percent field goal effectiveness. The jobs clearly could be won in game action, starting this week. On the coverage/return end of the kicking game, special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer and the assistants who coach ST units have loaded them up with quick, strong people geared to reducing big plays, blocking a half dozen opponent kicks, not having a kick blocked and taking the ball back all the way. It's not a wishing-and-hoping sort of thing. The staff focused strongly on those aspects since last December.
Wildcats Share Roles
Arizona enters the season opener with some lineup positions not necessarily in contention but spread among several players. On defense, for example, coaches have spoken of a potential for 16 "starters," based on guys who have earned roles in different alignments and points of emphasis. Rover linebackers Ray Wells and Kirk Johnson could see equal play, for example, while cornerbacks David Hinton and Luis Nunez each have battled against redshirt freshman Darrell Brooks for the starting role opposite Michael Jolivette. (Brooks enters the first game with the nod.) Junior CB Gary Love, who switched from receiver during spring ball, also has some spots in certain formations. No one outside the staff rooms is quite sure how Mackovic and offensive coordinator Rick Dykes might deal with the backup quarterback role, but neither redshirt freshman Nic Costa nor freshman Ryan O'Hara have any experience and the staff needs a step-up guy there, soon.
Returning Team Award Winners
Several players return after winning team awards a year ago. They include junior halfback Clarence Farmer, winner of the Damon Terrell Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Offensive Player awards; senior linebacker Lance Briggs, the Most Valuable Defensive Player; junior safety Clay Hardt, the Most Valuable Special Teams Player; senior quarterback Jason Johnson, the undergraduate academic honoree; senior tackle Darren Safranek, the Martin Gentry Outstanding Offensive Lineman; and scout team Champion Award winners in redshirt freshman linebacker Pedro Limon and redshirt halfback Gainus Scott.
...Halfback Clarence Farmer was No. 22 in a Florida Today Heisman poll of players at 83 universities across the country last week...
...Arizona had 21 players on NFL rosters this past weekend, including 2001 seniors Steven Grace and Kevin Barry, offensive linemen who signed 2002 free agent contracts. Grace (Cardinals) and Barry (Packers) could become the first Arizona players under head coach John Mackovic to make active National Football League rosters... Only recently, the UA player with the longest active tenure in the League - offensive lineman Glenn Parker - retired after 12 years of play. The UA Sports Hall of Fame member is the new color analyst for Fox Sports Net Arizona cable productions of Arizona football games. Other NFL veterans in the Arizona group include kick returner Michael Bates (Panthers, 10 years), linebacker Brant Boyer (Browns, 8 years), punter Josh Miller (Steelers, 7 years), linebacker Tedy Bruschi (Patriots, 6 years) and tackle Frank Middleton (Raiders, 5 years)...
...Two players who switched positions in spring ball aren't going to be idle despite not earning starting roles. Junior Kat safety Anthony Fulcher, switched from fullback during spring ball, and junior cornerback Gary Love (former wide receiver) are the only players on the team who are penciled in as starters on Arizona's five primary special teams units - punt, punt return, kickoff, kickoff return and the "hands" team. A common denominator: they can run...
...Some players expected to see 2002 action will wear duplicate numbers - quarterback Nic Costa and inside linebacker Ray Wells (7), and halfback Chris Harris and kicker Ryan Slack (34)... When Costa, a left-handed passer, sees his first action, he'll be the first UA lefty quarterback in action for Arizona in a decade. George Malauulu (1989-92), an ambidextrous thrower who had attempts both ways his first two years, was groomed thereafter as a left-hander...
Arizona football practices are closed to the public. Media may attend, though access by out-of-town outlets is subject to approval by head coach John Mackovic. Media attendance at practice presupposes that reporters will not report on specific plays, strategy or unusual personnel usage without speaking to Mackovic beforehand. Video may be taken of individual unit work during the first part of practice only. Media must stay in designated areas during practice. Photographers may not use tripods within seven yards of the edges of fields. The team locker room, medical treatment areas and strength training rooms are closed to the media unless accompanied by ICA personnel. Players are not to be contacted at their residences.
2002 Arizona Football Depth Chart Northern Arizona week, Aug. 25-30 WR 4 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 185, *Jr., 2L, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 84 Ricky Williams, 6-3, 210, *So., SQ, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) or 81 Juan Valentine, 6-1, 200, Jr., JC, Houston, Texas (Clear Lake/Tyler JC) LT 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 295, *So., SQ, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 290, *Sr., 3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) 76 Matt Lamatsch, 6-7, 315, Jr., JC, Clafkin, Kan. (Clafkin HS/Butler County CC) LG 77 Makoa Freitas, 6-4, 295, Sr., 3L, Manoa, Hawaii (Kamehameha) 73 Aaron Higginbotham, 6-5, 295, *Sr., 2L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 300, *So., 1L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, Fr., HS, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) RG 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 285, Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 70 John Parada, 6-8, 326, Fr., HS, Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma) RT 68 Brandon Phillips, 6-8, 330, *Jr., 1L, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol) 76 Matt Lamatsch, 6-7, 315, Jr., JC, Clafkin, Kan. (Clafkin HS/Butler County CC) 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 324, Fr., HS, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterrey) TE 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 266, *Sr., 3L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) 88 Justin Levasseur, 6-4, 245, *Jr., 1L, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch) 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 250, *So., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 185, Sr., 3L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, Fr., HS, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls) QB 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers) 7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 200, *Fr., RS, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) 15 Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 195, Fr., HS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir) HB 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Jr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 26 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *Fr., RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) 23 Gainus Scott, 5-10, 195, *Fr., RS, La Porte, Texas (La Porte) FB 37 Joey Willrodt, 6-1, 240, *Sr., SQ, Salinas, Calif. (Palma/Moorpark JC) 36 Gilbert Harris, 6-1, 211, Fr., HS, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill) 35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, *Fr., RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore)
DE 98 Fata Avegalio, 6-3, 255, *So., 1L, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone) 85 Javier Martinez, 6-4, 260, *Jr., JC, Pico Rivera, Calif. (St. Paul/Cerritos CC) DT 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 291, So., 1L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 99 Vince Feula, 6-0, 300, *So., SQ, La Mirada, Calif. ((La Mirada) or 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 350, Jr., JC, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) DT 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 305, Sr., 3L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) 91 Brad Brittain, 6-5, 280, *Fr., RS, Encinitas, Calif. (Torrey Pines) DE 55 Marcus Smith, 6-5, 220, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay) 56 Andre Torrey, 6-4, 250, Jr., JC, Alameda, Calif. (Alameda/Laney CC) ROV 7 Ray Wells, 6-0, 220, *Sr., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel/Mesa JC) or 25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 215, So., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) MLB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-2, 245, Sr., 3L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 44 Pat Howard, 5-11, 220, *So., 1L, La Marque, Texas, (La Marque) WLB 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 255, *Jr., 2L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) 49 Matt Molina, 6-2, 240, *Jr., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) KAT 33 Clay Hardt, 6-2, 200, *Jr., 2L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 200, *So., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro) or 36 Anthony Fulcher, 5-11, 195, Jr., 2L, Scottsdale, Ariz., (Horizon) CB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-10, 180, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 2 David Hinton, 6-1, 175, *Sr., 2L, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 204, *Sr., 3L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla). 33 Clay Hardt, 6-2, 200, *Jr., 2L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) or 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 190, Fr., HS, Galena Park, Texax (Galena Park) CB 6 Darrell Brooks, 6-0, 191, *Fr., RS, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley) 13 Luis Nunez, 5-11, 190, Jr., JC, Chula Vista, Calif. (Hilltop/Southwestern CC) or 9 Gary Love, 5-10, 180, Jr., 2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson)
PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 187, Jr., 2L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *So., SQ, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) (KO) 34 Ryan Slack, 6-1, 195, So., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic) P 12 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 205, *So, 1L, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) or 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 185, Fr., HS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) Hold 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers) Snaps LS 50 Ben DalMolin, , 6-0, 210, So., 1L, Globe, Ariz. (Globe) PK 65 John Vorsheck, 6-4, 305, *Sr., 1L, Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills/Saddleback CC) Returns 1 Bobby Wade (P/KO), 4 Andrae Thurman (P), 9 Gary Love (KO), 81 Juan Valentine (KO)
The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000 Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Andrae Thurman vs. SDSU, 2000 (34 yards, B. Nash block) Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii 1998 Returned an interception for a TD Brandon Nash (13 yards) at Arizona State, 2001 Returned a fumble for a TD: DE Austin Uku (2 yards) vs. WSU, 2001 Blocked a punt for a safety: Andrae Thurman at San Diego State, 2001 Scored a safety: Blocked punt (Andrae Thurman), at San Diego State, 2001 Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54?0) Did not score a touchdown: vs. Oregon State, 2001 (OSU 38-3) A back ran for 200 yards: Trung Canidate (33?221) at OSU, 1999 A back ran for 100 yards: Clarence Farmer (32-158 - 1 TD) at Arizona State, 2001 A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11?104) vs. UCLA, 2000 A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (18-29-315-0-4) at California, 2001 Team 400 yards passing Stanford, 2001 (50-25-415-1-2) Two players rushed for 100 yards: C. Farmer (33?107) and O. Jenkins (11?104) vs. UCLA, 2000 A player intercepted two passes Michael Jolivette (CB) vs. Southern California, 2001 Blocked a punt : Malosi Leonard vs. Stanford, 2001 Blocked a field goal: Peter Hansen at Utah, 2000 Blocked a PAT kick : Peter Hansen at USC, 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC, 2000 Scored a 2?pt. conversion: Jason Johnson to Andrae Thurman pass at San Diego State, 2001 Missed a PAT kick: Sean Keel at Arizona State, 2001 Made a field goal: Sean Keel (43 yards) vs. Stanford, 2001 (3-for-3) Missed a field goal: Sean Keel at California, 2001 (29-yard attempt, blocked) Beat a ranked team: 31?15 at USC (No.18), 2000 Lost to a ranked team: 37-51 vs. Stanford (No. 16), 2001 Beat an unranked team: 34-21 at Arizona State, 2001 Lost to an unranked team: 34-41 vs. USC, 2001 Won as a ranked team: 53?47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000 Won as an unranked team: 34-21 at Arizona State, 2001 Lost as a ranked team: 24?27 vs. UCLA, 2000 (Arizona No. 23) Lost as an unranked team: 37-51 vs. Stanford, 2001 Played in tie?breaker game: 53?47 vs. Washington State, 2000 (3 OT)
The last time an Opponent...
Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Arizona State, 1991 Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001 Returned a kickoff for TD: JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington, 1997 Returned an interception for a TD: Kris Richard (58 yards) vs. USC, 2001; Kevin Arbet (70) yards vs. USC, 2001 Returned a fumble for a TD: Coy Wire (89 yards), Stanford, 2001 Scored a safety: Oregon (UA=s Ortege Jenkins lateral into endzone), 1999 Did not score: Illinois, 1996 (UA 41?0) Did not score a touchdown: at Stanford, 2000 (27?3) Made a field goal: Mike Biselli vs. Stanford (21 yards), 2001 (3-for-3) Missed a field goal: Mark Jensen at California (48 yards), 2001 A back ran for 100 yards: Delvon Flowers at Arizona State (20-138, 2 TD) at Arizona State, 2001 Two backs ran for 100 yards: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001 A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45?202) vs. Oregon, 1999 A quarterback passed for 300 yards Cody Pickett (29-49-455-4-3) at Washington, 2001 Blocked a punt : Cole Clasen, at Oregon State, 2001 Blocked a field goal: Nnamdi Asomugha, at California, 2001 (Sean Keel attempt) Blocked a PAT kick: Idaho, 2001 Scored a 2 pt. conversion: QB John Welsh to Kevin O=Connell vs. Idaho, 2001
The McKale Center Ticket Office is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (520-621-2287). Season tickets remain on sale until Aug. 28. Single-game public tickets range from $6 to $28. Arizonaathletics.com offers online purchases. Call 1-800-452-2287 toll-free.
Arizona Football On TV
The Northern Arizona game will be produced by Wildcat football partner Fox Sports Net for live cablecast on its Arizona regional outlet, with Dave Sitton and Glenn Parker calling the play. Other games have or will be selected for national or regional cablecasts or local production by FSNA..
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: KCTK 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 Joel Bojorquez and Francisco Romero. KNST's broadcast is available on the internet for $6.95 monthly, through RealNetworks, at arizonaathletics.com. It's also available by phone using TEAMLINE, by calling 1-800-846-4700, team code 5909.
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 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.
Mackovic's Weekly Media Gatherings
John Mackovic meets with the media in McKale Center 106 to preview games at 1 p.m. Mondays. He will review games on Sundays in a 3 p.m. teleconference. Media can call the SID office for information: 520-621-4163. Mackovic is available briefly after all practices. Mackovic will appear on the weekly Pac-10 Coaches Teleconference at 10 a.m. (MST/PDT) Tuesdays beginning Sept. 17. Media may call the SID office for the phone number and passcode.