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20070403 Outlook Part 2 - QBs
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Release: 04/03/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT face=Arial>Offense ? Coordinator Sonny Dykes<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT face=Arial>Quarterbacks<o:p></o:p></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT face=Arial>Making the Right Decisions<o:p></o:p></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>QB Coach:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sonny Dykes</FONT></SPAN></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN></I> </P><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT size=2>- Don't just imagine what 50 passes means -- <EM>See it in person with </EM></FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=275787"><EM><FONT size=2>Season Tickets</FONT></EM></A><EM><FONT size=2>...</FONT></EM></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align=center><FONT face=Arial size=2><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">******</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT></P><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></I> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Last year the Wildcats completed nine touchdown passes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sonny Dykes helped direct a Texas Tech system that completed five or more in three games, and three or more in seven different games. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Nothing&rsquo;s promised, of course, but the point is inescapable ? scoring them by throwing the ball. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s going to give it a go with the prolific chain-moving, quick-strike action employed at Tech. To do it, Stoops brought in Dykes and Tech&rsquo;s offensive line/running assistant, and new receivers and running backs coaches. Joining Dykes were Bill Bedenbaugh, Darrell Wyatt and Michael Smith, respectively.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Stoops took care assembling his new offensive staff and the bottom line was finding a way to move the ball consistently. The benefit in a <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=right bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics22/200/DZ/DZREUHFZZIAFRTJ.20051108230622.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>Tuitama</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics30/200/AV/AVFMKRIDBMYCXCY.20070403174553.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>Lyon</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics/200/SQ/SQITYDNTXHUWKAP.20061017233741.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>Heavner</FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE>makeover this year comes from the fact UA&rsquo;s defense will be so good that there&rsquo;s some major support to use patience in defining the new offensive identity.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>For Dykes, that will start with quarterbacks, notably junior Willie Tuitama and redshirt freshman Tyler Lyon. The Cats also bring back Kris Heavner, a fifth-year veteran.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>A year ago Tuitama essentially missed three starts and much of five games overall after a series of hard hits to the helmet. That not only slowed his development but took one of the Cats&rsquo; best players out of the action. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The quick-strike offense, built around swift pressure and more pressure via moving the ball all over the field, should help take some of the pressure off Willie. Plus a year of duty and some new schemes for young linemen will help even more.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Tuitama&rsquo;s career is yet to be defined, though his two brief seasons (15 games) have shown sparkle that begs for good health and a full year&rsquo;s worth of growth. Coaches feel he&rsquo;s capable of 60-percent throwing and have a system that will take advantage of his ability to throw the ball anywhere on the field. He&rsquo;s accurate and studies the game. He earned freshman All-America honorable mention in his five-game &rsquo;05 debut and is the perfect tool for UA&rsquo;s re-tooling. <st1:place w:st="on">Lyon</st1:place>, 6-foot-5, has been appointed his understudy and Heavner has been around the block enough to be a solid reserve as a fifth-year senior.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Top QBs<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Willie Tuitama, 6-3, 225, Jr., 2L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Tyler Lyon, 6-5, 220, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Kris Heavner, 6-3, 230, Sr., 3L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">Fall Recruit</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">: Bryson Beirne, 6-3, 215, Fr.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Position Notes...</FONT></SPAN></I></B></SPAN></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial> The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> record for passing attempts is 430 by the 2002 team (mostly Jason Johnson) in 12 games. That squad also posted the record of 246 completions and the most yards per game ? 290. Those marks are in jeopardy based on Stoops&rsquo; projection about throwing the ball 45 times. Hopefully, too, Willie and friends can contest the record 27 touchdown throws by the 1997 team (Keith Smith, Ortege Jenkins, Dennis Northcutt, et al)... Heavner has more career starts (15) than Tuitama (13), some of those (like Willie) as a mid-year appointee as a true freshman, in his case 2003... 2007 True freshman Bryson Beirne spent the first week in spring camp on his own quest from Hawaii to learn more about the new system... <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior receiver Anthony Johnson started one game at quarterback for UA last year in a speed-option try against OSU, and you can forget that notion this year...<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats have some other young guys at QB, walk-on mid-year freshman Jimmy Bevell and second-year squadmen John Sanders and Jimmy Donaldson...<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P>
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