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20070404 Outlook Part 3 - Receivers
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Release: 04/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT face=Arial>Receivers<?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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT face=Arial>Get Open ? Get the Ball<o:p></o:p></FONT></I></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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>Coaches: Darrell Wyatt, Dana Dimel</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 miss the ball flying all over the place -- <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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Clearly the most critical position on Arizona's offense in spring ball was receivers. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re going to throw the ball maybe 50 times a game, you&rsquo;re going to need receivers to make plays&rdquo; was how head coach Mike Stoops put it. <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>In one spring scrimmage, 14 different guys at seven different positions caught 39 passes. It appears that catching the ball is catching on. <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>Junior Mike Thomas already has a track record that shows he&rsquo;ll be doing so. With 102 career receptions he&rsquo;s clearly been a talented focal point. Offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes&rsquo; model could get him the ball at a strikingly more frequent rate. </FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>But there&rsquo;s keen competition among all four receiver spots, tight end, H-back and running back ? all positions that run routes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One layman&rsquo;s view of the spread is that the first guy to get open gets the ball thrown his way. That makes for keen competition both in practice and on the field. <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>Two reasons UA feels good about its development in the passing game is new passing game coordinator Darrell Wyatt and tight ends coach Dana Dimel. Wyatt spent the last 10 years working the throwing game at <st1:State w:st="on">Minnesota</st1:State> (Vikings), <st1:City w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:State> State and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kansas</st1:place></st1:State>, while former head coach Dimel returns for his second year ? including half the action last year as running game coordinator and play-caller for UA when Stoops tried <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">something</I> to get the offense rolling. They&rsquo;re eager to work with coordinator Dykes.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Senior Anthony Johnson, juniors B.J. Dennard and Bobby McCoy, sophomore Terrell Turner and redshirt freshmen Terrell Reese and Delashaun Dean all have the skills to help UA&rsquo;s corps spread the field. Tight end veterans include junior Travis Bell and senior Brandyn McCall, with redshirt freshman A.J. Simmons ready to contend. The H-back spot is solid with sophomore Earl Mitchell, junior Brandon Lopez and redshirt freshman Brooks Reed.<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>Incoming freshman tight end Rob Gronkowski is said to be physically ready and able to be a serious pass-catching option this fall. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">Too, there's no question that spring practice has shown the running backs -- who caught eight balls in one scrimmage -- will be catching passes, lots of them.</SPAN></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics10/160/EH/EHHNVZUNBPHFMQY.20060131223232.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics21/160/KW/KWMVONXEHHJIQTV.20061105182411.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics12/160/JI/JIDXZJOXRJDBPNZ.20050706185911.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><EM><FONT size=1>Mike Thomas</FONT></EM></TD> <TD><EM><FONT size=1>Anthony Johson</FONT></EM></TD> <TD><EM><FONT size=1>B.J. Dennard</FONT></EM></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics29/160/YH/YHCTGXSEVSCDEGF.20060404235740.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics7/160/PF/PFENCNYFRKIEFYU.20060910194332.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics11/160/NJ/NJTHJDWRQZVKTQG.20070404163522.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1><EM>Coach Dana Dimel</EM></FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1><EM>Terrell Turner</EM></FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1><EM>Brandyn McCall</EM></FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE></SPAN></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>Dykes prefers to assign positions to the receivers and keep them there, so he and Wyatt have spread the corps out to fill various formation roles ? such as<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;small tight end&rdquo; like Anthony Johnson and a &ldquo;small H-Back&rdquo; like B.J. Dennard, guys who can start a series along with two other receivers and a big tight end, if so opted. <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Or, other combinations can work a formation for a more power-style play. </SPAN>There are lots of options with four or five guys as targets on any given play.<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>The Cats can use a leader type catching the ball. 2005 senior Syndric Steptoe had as much value in the locker room and sideline as his all-league, all-purpose ability on the field. Identifying one of these players to walk out for the coin toss would be a huge boost to UA&rsquo;s adoption of the spread.<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><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We need someone to step up,&rdquo; says Mike Stoops.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Wyatt adds another caveat, that receivers will do a much better job of down-field blocking in 2007 to help spring some big plays. &ldquo;I guarantee it,&rdquo; he notes.<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></SPAN></P></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><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><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Top Receivers<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Mike Thomas, 5-10, 178, 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>Anthony Johnson, 6-2, 215, Sr., 3L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Terrell Turner, 6-2, 175, So., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>B.J. Dennard, 5-11, 194, Jr.-RS, 2L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Terrell Reese, 6-4, 201, 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>Bobby McCoy, 6-1, 185, Jr., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Delashaun Dean, 6-4, 198, Fr-RS<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 Recruits</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">: David Roberts, 6-0, 175; Devin Veal, 5-11, 170; Bug Wright, 5-10, 170.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Tight Ends<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Travis Bell, 6-6, 245, 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>Brandyn McCall, 6-5, 245, Sr., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>A.J. Simmons, 6-3, 255, 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>Matt Richards, 6-5, 256, Sr., 2L<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">: Rob Gronkowski <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>H-Backs<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Earl Mitchell, 6-2, 250, So., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Brandon Lopez, 6-1, 224, 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>Brooks Reed, 6-3, 240, Fr-RS<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"><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Position Notes...</SPAN></I></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> Thomas&rsquo; career receptions total puts him in shape to reach the Arizona Top 10 chart in the first game. He&rsquo;s 12<SUP>th</SUP> with 102 He has to displace Andrae Thurman (105) at No. 10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>CFL career leader Terry Vaughn had 109 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> for the 9<SUP>th</SUP> spot... Based on this offense, Johnson also is within reach at 71 career receptions... UA&rsquo;s most recent high-volume receivers were Bobby Wade (93 in 2002) and Dennis Northcutt (88 in 1999). Wade had the benefit of John Mackovic&rsquo;s pro-style passing game and Northcutt was on UA&rsquo;s best-ever offense, a 471 yards per game package that rated 3<SUP>rd</SUP> nationally under Dick Tomey... UA receivers and partisans hope Dykes and Wyatt pull it off. Red Raiders&rsquo; receivers caught 39 touchdown passes last year. The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> record is 27 in 1997... Mitchell was the top H-back in 2006, with seven starts... McCall started five games at tight end, Johnson was the No. 2-3 receiver with five starts, Turner with two as a true freshman... <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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