TUCSON--Arizona head coach Mike Stoops told the squad toward the end of this week that if UA hopes to make something of the 2006 season, Saturday's game at Stanford will take some pointed focus and attention to details.
The Wildcats, 2-4 and 0-3 in Pacific-10 Conference play, will visit the Cardinal at newly refurbished Stanford Stadium for a 2 p.m. kick on Saturday. Stanford, winless at 0-6, plays before a Homecoming crowd and will try to take a fourth consecutive victory over Arizona.
UA's practices this week have been spirited and Stoops switched things up Monday, promoting tight ends coach Dana Dimel
Emphasis on solving that issue appeared to be a primary focus this week, and on paper the match up gives UA some hope. The Cardinal are last in the nation in rushing defense. Still, 'on paper' has little bearing on what takes place on the field.
Stanford spent $90 million sprucing up its stadium for 10 months, culminating with its home opener Sept. 16. The project included enclosing the stadium in a bowl configuration, new seating, a new natural grass field surface and other amenities for the 85-year-old structure, which now seats a capacity of about 50,000, down from 85,000.
The Cats in Action
Running backs Chris Henry (left)
And Chris Jennings (right) will look
to hit the right creases and find
some daylight for positive gains
Tackle Eben Britton (77), center
Blake Kerley and tackle Peter
Graniello (left) need to open some
holes for backs, and protect the QB.
Do-it-all kicker Nick Folk has given
The team solid field position all year
Receiver Syndric Steptoe has been
UA’s weapon of choice catching the
ball and taking back kicks (left).
QB Willie Tuitama (right) won’t be
wearing a helmet this week,
sidelined after last week’s
concussion at UCLA
UA needs a swarming defense
like Michael Johnson, Louis
Holmes and Ronnie Palmer can
provide (left), while the secondary,
led by corner Antoine Cason (right)
will work to limit SU’s passing game
Photos by Luke Adams and Freeze Frame Foto.