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20070331 They Weren't Kidding: 55 Passes
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Release: 03/31/2007
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<FONT face=Arial><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>TUCSON--True to head coach Mike Stoops' off-season transformation of the offense, the Wildcats came out mixing it up but heavily concentrating on the forward pass in a 90-minute scrimmage Saturday morning at Arizona Stadium</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>The three quarterbacks combined for 55 passing attempts and 300-plus yards in a modest display of the multiple spread Stoops brought in with new offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, while UA kept what Stoops also has promised -- a bit of physical punch with a running game that added 185 yards and a score.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>The latter, of course, was a two-edged sword, as Stoops and his brother, defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, were a bit chagrined at UA's run defense, but it also proved the Cats have changed their offensive style but still will "bring it" at opponents.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>"Overall, I though it was a pretty good day," Stoops said afterward. "We didn't have great flow offensively -- there was still some hesitation -- but I like what we're doing. I love the way our kids are picking things up," he said.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>"The spread creates some problems for you," Mark Stoops said. "But our linebackers have great experience and came up with that big play" -- a 70-yard interception off Willie Tuitama that Spencer Larsen returned 70 yards for a score.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Junior quarterback Tuitama completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 155 yards and a touchdown of four yards to redshirt freshman tight end A.J. Simmons, plus led the drive later that culminated in the offense's other TD -- a six-yard run by Xavier Smith, who led all rushers with 89 yards. Tyler Lyon completed 12 of 16 and Kris Heavner added five of eight. The Cats had a total of 492 yards in offense.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Heavner connected for the longest play, a 45-yard completion to redshirt freshman Terrell Reese.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Dykes said the offense, stopped by the defensive units on its first several possession by penalties and a missed field goal, "was a little bit antsy at first. After relaxing a little bit we were able to move the ball better. The players understand the big concept, now it's a matter of getting them to make better decisions," Dykes said.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>One thing the new offense did was put the ball in a variety of hands -- 14 different receivers including all three running backs. Smith had four catches with Chris Jennings and Terry Longbons catching two apiece. They, like others, get the ball quickly in the new offense. "Getting the ball to guys in space will help us," Dykes notes.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Mike Stoops was impressed with Tuitama. "Willie has a chance to be a very significant player" The scrimmage was a good start, he said, "the infant stage of our offensive game."</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>The offensive line had an average day protecting the quarterback, allowing three sacks by senior defense end Louis Holmes. redshirt freshman tackle Lolomana Mikaele and junior tackle Dave Bertrand. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Redshirt freshman punter Keenyn Crier showed that claims about his big leg are accurate. He boomed six punts for a 48.5-yard average, including a pair of 55-yarders. Junior place kicker Jason Bondzio hit two of four field goals in the scrimmage -- one was blocked by freshman defensive end Ricky Elmore -- and connected on four of six at the start. He made his two longest attempts, from 42 and 40 yards.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>"Keenyn hit the ball well. He has a special leg and his future is unlimited," Stoops said. "Bondzio just needs to start gaining confidence. The early block on his first try wasn't the best thing to help do that," he said.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><STRONG>NOTES...</STRONG> A number of key starters didn't play, including starting cornerback Antoine Cason, sitting out partially in preparation for a date with the UA track team's spring relay later in the day, safety Dominic Patrick, nursing a sore foot, and corner Wilrey Fontenot, who is sidelined during much of spring while rehabilitating following winter shoulder surgery... Sophomore CB Devin Ross, rejoined the team Wednesday after missing earlier drills while "getting back in better graces with us," Stoops said. He lettered as a true freshman a year ago and could factor in UA's kick return game -- which was not a part of the scrimmage... The practice was UA's seventh of spring, with seven more scheduled and one to be added, possibly after the Spring Game April 14... A crowd of around 400 showed up on a sunny day at Arizona Stadium for the action... </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2></FONT> </P></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Arizona</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"> Spring Football 2007<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><FONT face=Arial>Statistics ? March 31 Scrimmage</FONT></SPAN></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"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">First Downs</B>: 24 (14 passing, 10 rushing)</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Successful Offensive Drives: 4 (2 TD, 2 FG)</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Defensive Drive Stops: 8, including defensive TD</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Plays/Total Offense</B>: 77-492, 6.4 ypp</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Passing<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Willie Tuitama: 31-22-155-1, 1 TD</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Tyler Lyon: 16-12-1-68</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Kris Heavner: 8-5-0-84</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Total:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>55-39-1-307<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Rushing<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Xavier Smith 10-89, 1 TD</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Chris Jennings 6-64</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Terry Longbons 5-26</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>DelaShaun Dean 1-6</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Total 22-185 </B>(excludes sacks)</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Receiving<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>WR Mike Thomas 6-45</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>STE Anthony Johnson 5-49</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>WR Terrell Reese 4-65</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>RB Xavier Smith 4-29</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>WR Terrell Turner 3-31</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>TE Travis Bell 3-18</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>SHB B.J. Dennard 3-13</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>TE A.J. Simmons 2-18, TD</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>RB Terry Longbons 2-18</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>RB Chris Jennings 2-8</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>SHB Delashaun Dean 2-3</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>HB Brandon Lopez 1-7</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>WR Rod Rivera 1-5</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>STE Aaron Anderson 1-2</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Punting<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Keenyn Crier 6-48.5, 55 long (twice)</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Field Goals<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Jason Bondzio 22, 37, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U>37</U></B>, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U>32</U></B></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Plus in warm-ups:<U> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">32</B></U>, 34, 36, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U>39</U></B>, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U>40</U></B>, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U>42</U></B></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Penalties:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Offense: 4 (false start-3, holding)</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Defense: 2 (offsides, pass interference)</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>Defensive Leaders:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Xavier Kelley (LB) ? 10 tackles</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Corey Hall (DB) ? 6</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Nate Ness (DB) ? 6</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Michael Klyce (DB) ? 6</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Marquis Hundley (DB) -6</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ronnie Palmer (LB) ? 5</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Louis Holmes (DE) ? 4, sack</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Devin Ross (DB) ? 4</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Dane Krogstad (LB) ? 4, PBU, TFL</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Cole Graybill (LB) ? 4</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Spencer Laresen - 3, INT (TD)</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Brandon Tatum (DB) ? 3</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Dave Bertrand (DT) ? 3, sack</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Cam</st1:place> Nelson (DB) ? 3</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>D&rsquo;Aundre Reed (DE) ? 2</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ricky Elmore (DE) ? 2, blocked FG</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Michael Turner (DB) ? 2</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Jared Mosley (DB) ? 2</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>James Alford (LB) ? 1</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Lolomana Mikaele (DT) ? 1, sack</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=2>Yaniv Barnett - PBU</FONT></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"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></P>
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