Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Need to Make It Happen
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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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

to co-offensive coordinator with Mike Canales to help boost the team's productivity in the running game. Arizona has been held to negative rushing yardage the past three games, thanks in part to a spate of 14 sacks allowed that cost the club 120 yards in lost yardage.

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.



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