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Quick Hits - 2010 and 2011 Wildcat Football
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/11/2011
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Jan. 11, 2011

Arizona Football Quick Hits

**UA finished with its third consecutive bowl appearance, matching a school mark, an overall record of 7-6 and a Pac-10 mark of 4-5 for a fifth-place tie.

**Arizona averaged 55,408 fans for its seven home games, the third-best season average in its history behind the 56,562 fans in 1994 and the average of 55,798 in 2006. Mike Stoops’ Arizona teams have drawn an average of 53,662 per game the last six seasons, 94 percent of capacity. The club had capacity crowds for Iowa, Oregon State, UW and ASU in 2010.

**Arizona set season marks for total offense with 5,712 yards and 4,000 passing yards. Per-game marks of 471.9 (1999) in total offense and 308.5 (2007) were slightly better than this season’s 439.8 and 307.7, respectively.

**Based on the late-season depth chart, Arizona will return six starters on offense and seven starters on defense in 2011, with some consideration for formations used. On offense they are quarterback Nick Foles, running back Keola Antolin, and receivers Juron Criner, David Douglas, Terrence Miller and David Roberts. H-Back Taimi Tutogi also will be back as the nominal junior starter at H-back, while bowl game starter Kyle Quinn (center) also is back. Defensively the Cats return linebackers Paul Vassallo, Jake Fischer and Derek Earls; defensive tackle Justin Washington, corners Trevin Wade and Robert Golden, and free safety Adam Hall. DT Sione Tuihalamaka returns with four starts under his belt as well, plus corner Shaq Richardson had three starts in 2010. Primarily, Arizona will have to re-tool its offensive line, replace its league-leading sack artists at defensive end, and detail its safety/nickel back positions. Nic Grigsby’s near-3,000 yard rushing career came to an end and he’s a key loss.

**The Cats will return their leading tackler (LB Paul Vassallo, 102 tackles), leading passer (Nick Foles, 3,191 yards, 20 TD), leading rusher (Keola Antolin, 668, 7 TD), leading receiver (Juron Criner, 82-1,233, 11 TD) and leading scorer (PK Alex Zendejas, 83 pts). UA was 24th in total offense in 2010 (439.8 ypg).

**Arizona’s defense rated 14th nationally in holding opponents to 3-and-out, with an average of 3.62 per game. The national leader was Texas Christian (6.0). Arizona State led the Pac-10 with an average of 4.08 3-and-outs per contest (9th). The Cats were 33rd in total defense (340.8 ypg).

**The Wildcats were on national or regional television 11 times in 2010 including nine games on national networks (ESPN, FSN, Versus). The other two games were shown statewide by UA’s media partners IMG/FS Arizona. The network appearances (ABC, ESPN, FSN, Versus) were an historical high, besting nine appearances in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

**With its playmakers back, a single offensive coordinator and a new line coach, Arizona’s offense will be a key feature for success in 2011. Receiver Juron Criner turned in a league-best 82 catches for a league-best 1,233 yards. He scored 11 touchdowns on the year, equaling Mike Thomas and Theopolis “T” Bell for the most ever in a single season. With another year of eligibility and a similar effort, he’s poised to become a 200-catch, 3,000-yard Wildcat, accomplished only three times, by guys who moved on to the next level, Thomas (2005-08), Bobby Wade (1999-02) and Dennis Northcutt (1996- 99). With him, transfer receiver Dan Buckner will be eligible to compete as a junior and could be the best offensive player on Arizona’s roster. Other targets in the passing game, David Douglas, David Roberts, Terrence Miller, Bug Wright and Richard Morrison, also return. Mix in senior-to-be running back Keola Antolin out of the backfield and tight end Jack Baucus, and the Wildcats will have an additional 201 receptions for 2,055 yards and 12 touchdowns returning. (Plus Criner’s numbers of 134, 1,903 and 21 TD). Quarterback Nick Foles has his own set of numbers under construction, figures that should be Arizona’s best ever after his senior year. He and Antolin were honorable mention all-league picks while Criner earned first-team honors.

Arizona 2011 Football Schedule - *Pac-12, **Pac-12 South

  Date 

  Opponent 

  Sept. 3

  Northern Arizona 

  Sept. 10  

  at Oklahoma State

  Sept. 17

  Stanford*

  Sept. 24

  Oregon* – Family Weekend

  Oct. 1

  at Southern California**

  Oct. 8

  at Oregon State*

  Oct. 15

  Open Date

  Oct. 20

  UCLA** (Thursday)

  Oct. 29

  at Washington*

  Nov. 5

  Utah** - Homecoming

  Nov. 12

  at Colorado**

  Nov. 19

  at Arizona State**

  Nov. 26

  Louisiana-Lafayette

 

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