Nov. 5, 2001
The Game - The Arizona Wildcats (4-5, 1-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference), play their final home game, meeting the No. 16 (AP) Stanford Cardinal (5-2, 4-2) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium. The game will be broadcast live in West Coast markets by ABC Sports. UA celebrates its 85th Homecoming weekend. A crowd of about 50,000 is expected.
Some Game Themes - Arizona's improving team enters a one-game season with its hopes of bowl eligibility on the line... The Cardinal try to rebound from a 42-28 loss at Washington and maintain upper-division league status... It's a put-up or shut-up game... The last ranked team Arizona beat was No. 18 USC on Oct. 7 last year, 35-21... The league's best rushing defense (SU, 98.6 ypg) takes on one of the league leaders in UA's Clarence Farmer, while Arizona's faces two rushing threats in Brian Allen and Kerry Carter... The Cardinal bring two of the league's top returners(Luke Powell, punts, 17.3, and Brian Allen, KOR, 30.6)... Since UA beat Stanford last year, the Cats are 6-10 while Stanford has played to an 8-6 mark...
The Series -- Arizona leads the series 12-6 and has won seven of the last eight, thanks to a six-game streak from 1992-98. The road team has won the last three meetings in the series. The Cats won last year at Stanford, 27-3. The Cardinal won the last game in Tucson with a resounding 50-22 victory in its 1998 Rose Bowl year. UA holds a 6-4 record in games played in Arizona Stadium.
The Coaches -- Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), first year at UA (4-5) and 14th season as a collegiate head coach (89-69-3, .562). He earned his first Pac-10 victory and helped put an end to UA's 10-game league losing streak last week. He was the first new UA coach to open 3-0 since Jim Young did so in 1973, when Mackovic was UA's offensive coordinator. He was the first UA coach to open 0-5 in Pac-10 play. He has not coached against Stanford. Stanford: Tyrone Willingham (Michigan State '77), seventh year at Stanford (40-35-1) and seventh overall. Willingham is 1-3 against Arizona. He and Mackovic coached against each other at East Lansing in 1977 when the former was a grad assistant at Michigan State and the latter was offensive coordinator at Purdue. (MSU won, 19-14).
Last Week -- Arizona put together a package of offense, defense and special teams play to break into the Pac-10 win column and snap a 10-game league losing streak at California, 38-24. After ward there was minimal jubilation and relief, but considerable satisfaction in putting forth an effort that gave it a chance to win, and following through -- on the road. In so doing, the Cats used some of their special tools -- Clarence Farmer's rushing, Bobby Wade's all-purpose skills, Jason Johnson's pass efficiency and a number of defensive plays. One of the latter was a fumble-causing sack by LB Lance Briggs which UA recovered to thwart a Cal threat and then marched down the field in chunks for a score. Briggs didn't start because of a sore knee but made the most of his shortened presence. After trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, UA splurged for the first time in the season, scoring 28 unanswered points, then adding 10 more for an insurmountable 38-3 lead at the end of three periods. Cal showed some mettle with a 21-point outburst of its own in the final stanza but Arizona had hung enough on the board to ride it out with some reserves seeing action. Farmer gave UA the lead with a 65-yard touchdown run en route to a career-high 165 rushing yards, Wade tied a school record with three touchdown receptions among his six catches for 118 yards, Johnson threw for a career-high 315 yards on 18 completions and 10.9 yards per attempt, and seven Arizona players contributed eight sacks, one shy of the school record. Wade added 75 yards on three punt returns for 187 all-purpose yards, the team's largest single-game figure this year. About 50 other players had a hand in the victory, too. UA defenders broke up 11 passes and held Cal to a 35 percent completion percentage, and were stiff enough up front to hold the Bears to a modest 2.5 yards per rushing attempt. UA's offense averaged 6.5 yards per play. Etc. All the numbers and stats paled at the end when the Wildcats celebrated the No. 1 statistic of all: owning the left side of the score.
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
UA's 26th head coach, John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65) assumed leadership in December 2000 and quickly demonstrated his intent to take Arizona football in a new direction. He assembled a quality staff, completed a first recruiting class, installed a new offense in spring ball, then came out in the fall and won his first three games. He snapped a school five-game losing streak and became the first new Arizona head coach to open 3-0 since Jim Young did so in 1973 when Mackovic was an offensive coordinator on the staff. (Young went on to a 5-0 opening mark, UA's best for a new head coach.)
The Wildcats' 3-0 non-conference record in 2001 give him one of only three undefeated non-conference seasons Arizona has enjoyed in the past 11 years.
Mackovic draws on 17 years' experience as a collegiate head coach, athletics director or professional head coach, and from 15 additional seasons in coordinator or assistant positions in the trade. Further, he has three recent years' experience in the media as a college football analyst for ESPN. The transition year has progressed well and given Arizona a mentor with extensive offensive acumen and a strong network of colleagues in the allied professions. His professional and organized approach in assembling a staff, recruiting his first class and establishing the coaching processes for the 2001 Wildcat program have been exemplary.
Mackovic took over for 14-year Arizona coach Dick Tomey and switched gears in placing a primary focus on the passing game and its contemporary derivations, with a vision of Wildcat football as a program employing an attacking offense to go with what typically has been an aggressive Arizona defense. The learning curve was quick at the onset but has slowed as UA continues Pac-10 play. UA's season has demonstrated both Mackovic's talent at play-calling and the fact the transformation of Wildcat football will not occur overnight.
Mackovic, 58, carries a 13-year collegiate record of 89-69-3. At Arizona he is 4-5 overall, 1-5 in Pac-10 play, 2-2 on the road and 2-3 at home. He took three of his last four teams (University of Texas) to bowl games and has led nine teams to winning records with eight bowl trips overall as a head coach. In 32 years of coaching he has held three college head coaching positions and one top National Football League spot (Kansas City, 1983-86, 30-34-0 record), served as offensive coordinator at three different Division I-A schools and worked as an assistant under former Dallas Cowboys' legend Tom Landry. He has Arizona bloodlines as Young's four-year offensive coordinator from 1973-76, heydays for prolific Western Athletic Conference offensive displays.
Mackovic has stepped forward at each stop in his 17-year head coaching career to improve the programs he inherited. For that matter, in his first stint at Arizona as offensive coordinator (1973-76), he was part of a staff which improved UA from a 4-7 club to successive 8-3, 9-2 and 9-2 seasons. At Texas, the Longhorns were 5-6 the year before his arrival. His six-year mark: 41-28-2 with three bowl appearances. At Illinois, the Illini finished 4-7 before he arrived. His four-year mark: 30-16-1 with four bowls. At Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons were 1-10 the year before he took over. His three-year mark: 14-20 and WFU's first bowl appearance in 30 years. At Kansas City of the NFL, he took over following a 3-6 mark in a strike year and eventually led the Chiefs to a 30-34 record and their first playoff appearance in 15 seasons.
Stanford and Match-up Notes...
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.: Enrollment 13,075... Colors - Cardinal & White... Conference - Pac-10... In 2000: 5-6
After four nationally ranked opponents, the Cardinal (5-2, 4-2) faces Arizona, which has not been ranked this year, and three other teams with losing records to finish the season... The then No. 10-ranked Cardinal ran into trouble at Seattle last week as the Huskies roughed up some Cardinal defensive rankings with 421 total yards including Willie Hearst's three-touchdown, 108-yard rushing day... Stanford's Brian Allen ran for 138 yards and two scores, while junior QB Lewis completed 19 of 34 for 231 yards... Lewis has done a fine job in the absence of injured fifth-year senior Randy Fasani (knee vs. Oregon), who's doubtful for the UA game... The Cardinal put losses on top-five ranked Oregon and UCLA in successive weeks, then fell to the No. 11 Huskies... Stanford is 17-7 in its last 24 Pac-10 games dating to 1998 while Arizona is 8-16 in the same span... Stanford is averaging 191 yards per game in rushing, 26th nationally... RBs Kerry Carter and Brian Allen have combined for 233 rushes, 1,110 yards and 16 touchdowns. (Arizona's top two rushers, Clarence Farmer and Tremaine Cox, have combined for 200 rushes, 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns.) Carter and Allen are on a pace to challenge Tommy Vardell and Glyn Milburn who combined for 1,682 rushing yards in 1991, the best duo in Stanford history... Allen is the No. 6 leading rusher (1,879) in school history while Carter is shy of the top 10 list by about 150 yards... Carter injured his shoulder against Washington and might not be at full-go for the Arizona contest... The UA game will pit the Cardinal's No. 12 scoring offense (37.7 ppg) against UA's No. 98 scoring defense (33.9). Then, too, UA gets a crack at the Cardinal's No. 90 scoring defense (31.8)... Senior OG Erik Heitmann got a Lombardi Award vote from UA's John Mackovic... 6-foot-7 wide receiver Teyo Johnson has 21 catches for 305 yards and appears as capable there as on the basketball court... With 16 returning starters the Cardinal are one of the most veteran teams in the Pac-10... Head coach Tyrone Willingham (7th year) has been on The Farm longer than all but two other former SU coaches -- Glenn "Pop" Warner and John Ralston, who each had nine-year tenures... Stanford is the second consecutive opponent which bore no responsibility in Arizona's since-snapped 10-game Pac-10 losing streak...
NCAA Team Statistics - Cats and Cardinal
Rushing Offense Stanford 26th - 191.1 Arizona 72nd - 137.4 Passing Offense Stanford 29th - 254.6 Arizona 46th - 234.8 Pass Efficiency Stanford 23rd - 139.94 Arizona 49th - 127.75 Total Offense Stanford 16th - 445.7 Arizona 63rd - 372.2 Scoring Stanford 12th - 37.7 Arizona 47th - 27.7 Rushing Defense Stanford 14th - 98.5 Arizona 37th - 128.3 Pass Defense Arizona 104th - 272.4 Stanford 107th - 283.9 Pass Efficiency Defense Stanford 58th - 119.79 Arizona 66th - 123.46 Total Defense Stanford 66th - 382.4 Arizona 73rd - 400.8 Scoring Defense Stanford 90th - 31.8 Arizona 98th - 33.9 Turnover Margin Stanford 33rd - .43 Arizona 95th - -.56
In the Polls
The Wildcats received votes in the Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 polls. UA's most recent ranking was No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today and No. 24 in the AP polls with a 5-2 record a year ago. Stanford is No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll this week.
Injury Report for Stanford Game
OL Reggie Sampay (shoulder at UW, missed Cal trip) is questionable. OT Darren Safranek (knee at Cal) requires surgery and is out for the year. RB Leo Mills (knee vs. USC, missed Cal trip) is questionable. Kickoff specialist Ryan Slack (quad at Cal) is probable. LB Lance Briggs (knee) missed a start at Cal but played and is probable. DE Eli Wnek (hamstring) played at Cal after a hamstring injury in action vs. USC, plus a foot fracture which kept him out of 6 games. OLB Joe Siofele (hand) had surgery Oct. 10, missed two games, returned to some action at Cal but did not start. Special teams player Mike LaCoss (knee at Washington) is out for the year. Backup LB Scott McKee (elbow, missed OSU/UW trips) is questionable. UA has had five of its top defensive ends injured this year -- Eli Wnek (foot), Alex Luna (knee), Johnny Jackson (neck), Austin Uku (knee) and Fata Avegalio (elbow/knee), plus worked around injuries to Siofele, LB Shelton Ross (knee), LB Ray Wells (shoulder), DT Anthony Thomas (foot) and since-departed DT Keoni Fraser (concussion). Lost Potential Starts due to Injury: 15 (DE Wnek-8, DT Keoni Fraser-1, LB Lance Briggs-1, WLB Joe Siofele-4, C Reggie Sampay-1).
Graphic Impact Player of the Game(s)
Coaches award three Graphic Impact Player of the Week mementoes for team-supporting efforts in victories. SDSU: SS Brandon Nash, defense, QB Jason Johnson, offense, Andrae Thurman, special teams. Idaho: FS Jarvie Worcester, defense, LT Makoa Freitas, offense, Lance Briggs, special teams. UNLV: DE Johnny Jackson, defense, WR Malosi Leonard, offense, Clay Hart, special teams. Cal: SS Brandon Nash, defense, WR Bobby Wade, offense, Patrick Howard, special teams.
Arizona Game Captains
Here are the game captains to date: San Diego State: SS Brandon Nash, WR Malosi Leonard, SS Zaharius Johnson, C Steven Grace, DE Eli Wnek. Idaho: FB Mike Detwiler, LB Lance Briggs, FS Jarvie Worcester, WR Lance Relford, DE Alex Luna. UNLV: TE Peter Hansen, CB Jermaine Chatman, DT Anthony Thomas, OT Makoa Freitas, OG Kevin Barry. WSU: WR Bobby Wade, SS Brandon Nash, DE Austin Uku, C Steven Grace, PK Sean Keel. Oregon: DE Johnny Jackson, ILB Lance Briggs, FS Clay Hardt, FB Mike Detwiler, C Steven Grace. Oregon State: Brandon Nash, Jarvie Worcester, Lance Briggs and Malosi Leonard. Washington: Jason Johnson, Brandon Nash, Anthony Thomas and Steven Grace. USC: Nash, Grace, Barry, Wnek. Cal: Nash, Grace, Thomas, Wade. The Wildcats will select permanent captains following the season.
Boasting About Bobby
Junior wide receiver Bobby Wade tied a school record with three touchdown receptions, had a season-high 187 all-purpose yards and a season-high 118 receiving yards (6 grabs) last week at California. His punt return of 44 yards pushed him to 42nd nationally at 10.95 yards per return. A week earlier he tied his career high with eight receptions (84 yards) against USC, a week after he caught six balls for 74 yards and a score at Washington. He also sparked a scoring drive against the Trojans with a 17-yard run on a reverse and returned five punts for an 8.0 average (one was returned 55 yards for a score but he was ruled to have stepped on the sideline after eight yards). He's the team leader with 44 receptions and 594 yards, listed No. 56 nationally this week in catches per game. He has 119 career receptions for 1,674 yards, tying him at No. 4 on the UA career chart for catches. He has caught a pass in 29 consecutive games, No. 12 nationally. He is No. 8 on the UA's career receiving yards chart and needs 116 more to move into the No. 7 spot ahead of Brad Anderson (97-1789 from 1981-83). He also has 492 career punt return yards on 47 tries for a 10.5 average.
Bragging About Briggs
Junior inside linebacker Lance Briggs was slowed by usual hard-hitting linebacker physical maladies at California, missing the start. He had one of the biggest plays of the game, stripping the QB inside UA's 20 yard-line for a sack-turnover which UA took the other way for a score. Against USC he notched nine tackles. He leads the club with 80, slightly off his usual average of 10.0 per game. He also leads the team with 11 tackles for loss, plus has 3.5 sacks, has forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble. He has 193 career tackles in two seasons as a middle linebacker, an average of 10 per game. He switched from true-freshman fullback to the starting "mike" linebacker role last year. He's playing these days with a cast (and requisite padding) on his left hand due to a slight fracture.
Don't Pick on MJ
Sophomore cornerback Michael Jolivette intercepted his fourth and fifth passes of the year against USC and returned one of them 60 yards for a score. At Cal he broke up two passes and had three tackles. He also had a 40-yard fumble return for a score against UNLV. He's tied for No. 13 in the nation at .56 interceptions per game. Jolivette's10 career interceptions in two years put him two shy of the UA Top 10 chart. His five this year are one short of the single-season chart. He has 18 passes-defensed this year and 32 overall, the third-best UA career figure and within reach of former All-American safety Chuck Cecil's UA record of 38 from 1984-87. He trails Kelly Malveaux (35), who owns the top UA career mark by a cornerback. The team broke up nine passes each of the past two weeks after knocking down a season-high 11 at Washington. In that game, cornerback Jermaine Chatman had two interceptions and three PBUs. Anthony Banks started opposite Jolivette against the Trojans and broke up three passes in the first quarter. Free safety Jarvie Worcester has two interceptions this year and leads defensive backs with 49 tackles. The other UA interceptions are by safety Clay Hardt, linebacker Ray Wells and defensive end Johnny Jackson. Strong safety Brandon Nash leads DBs with seven tackles for loss among his 40 total hits, plus returned a fumble 57 yards for a score at San Diego State. Backup FS Hardt has most of his 22 tackles down field on kick coverage, plus notched his first career interception at California. Backup SS Zaharius Johnson has added 22 tackles, three sacks (two at Cal) and two PBUs, largely in nickel coverage and special teams play.
UA dug in an showed verve in its running game the past three weeks, rushing a season-high 44 times for 199 yards at Washington, sticking to it in the second half against USC to alter the complexion of the game with some time of possession, and running the ball effectively at California. Sophomore halfback Clarence Farmer had 111 yards at the half in Berkeley and finished with a career-high 165 total, including a 65-yard scoring run to give UA a lead it never relinquished. It was his seventh career 100-yard game and the fourth this year. He's poised to become UA's 11th single-season 1,000-yard rusher. Against USC a week earlier, he had negative yardage on five carries at the half, then finished with 78 net yards on 12 more carries in the second half. A week earlier he notched a 100-yard rushing game against Washington with 21 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown run of 16 yards to give UA a fourth-quarter lead. He also had two receptions for eight yards. He is 28th nationally with a per-game rushing average of 103.33 yards. His 5.6 yards per carry is an outstanding mark considering much of his work begins inside. He broke runs of 24 and 22 yards (the latter a TD) vs. USC, and one for 35 yards at UW. He ripped off runs of 78, 14, 15, 12 and 25 yards en route to a then career-high 158 rushing yards(15 carries) against Oregon, then had to work diligently (19-55) for tougher yards in more rugged going against Oregon State. His 78-yard run against the Ducks was two shy of his career best, an 80-yard jaunt at USC last year. His other 100-yard game this year came vs. Idaho (18-118). He also had 90 (SDSU) and 84 (WSU) yards in two other 2001 games. Farmer clearly has been one of the most hard-working Wildcats on the field. ...Junior halfback Leo Mills missed the Cal trip with a bruised knee. He had a hot start at Washington, totaling 56 yards on 12 rushes and keying the Cats' first scoring drive... Redshirt freshman back Tremaine Cox has an 80-yard touchdown run this year, tied for the eight-longest in UA history... Sophomore back Anthony Fulcher leads running backs with eight receptions... Fullback Mike Detwiler has played a ton and has one carry and one reception -- and a bunch of blocks...
UA Single-Season Rushing Chart 7. 1163 - Ontiwaun Carter, 1994 1. 1148 - Bob McCall, 1972 2. 1021 - Hubert Oliver, 1979 3. 1004 - Jim Upchurch, 1974 4. 930 - Clarence Farmer, 2001 (Career: 303-1596, 5.3 ypc
Jawing on Jason
UA junior quarterback Jason Johnson's three 300-yard passing games this year are the only three such individual UA efforts in the last 50 Arizona games. He has thrown for 300 yards plus in back-to-back games, the first time a UA quarterback has done so since October 1983 -- 18 years. Tom "Terrific" Tunnicliffe had 317 passing yards against California and 321 against Colorado State for a total of 638 yards that year. Johnson accumulated 311 against USC and 315 against California for a total of 626. The last time a UA quarterback passed for more yardage in successive games was Danny White with 636 yards in games against USC (370) and Arizona State (266) in November 1994. Johnson's total eclipsed a two-game spree by Alfred Jenkins in November 1984 -- 625 yards in games vs. Utah State (336) and Stanford (289). Johnson has experienced a roller coaster ride in his first year as the main man. He completed 18 of 29 for a career-high 315 yards against California, and 23 of 43 passes (both career highs) for 311 yards against USC. The better game clearly was the Cal game -- UA won and he suffered no interceptions. Against USC he threw a career-high four interceptions. He's thrown for 16 touchdowns, somewhat spoiled by 11 interceptions. A concussion at the end of the first quarter knocked him out of a game in which he appeared hot, at Washington. He had completed six of his first eight throws for two scores, then was out of the game with final figures of 7-for-10, 80 yards, two TDs. In the first three UA league games he suffered six interceptions (3 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Oregon, 2 at Oregon State), a development which saw his pass efficiency rating drop from 149.86 (then 14th nationally) to 134.53, listed this week at No. 35 in Division I-A. Still, he's completed 57 percent of his passes (137 of 241, 1,862 yards). The 16 touchdown throws put him No. 5 on the single-season UA chart. He's No. 7 on UA's single-season passing yardage chart. He's No. 8 on the single-season completions chart. His efficiency rating would factor in the Top 10 chart as well. One of his TD tosses was a school and Pac-10 record 99-yarder to Brandon Marshall. His completion percentage is close to UA's single-season record (for a minimum of 200 attempts) of .575 by Keith Smith in 1999. Backup quarterbacks John Rattay and Cliff Watkins each have played, with Rattay getting the nod after Johnson's injury at Washington and in the Cal game.
Senior center Steven Grace switched to his original left guard position in the past three games (UW, USC, Cal). The move put guard Reggie Sampay at center, where he was indoctrinated last year as a true freshman when Grace missed most of the year. Sampay missed the Cal trip with a sore shoulder and redshirt freshman Keoki Fraser started at center. Grace can play anywhere. Free to focus on more than just ball management against UW, he was able to help hold Larry Tripplett, the Huskies' leader with nine tackles for losses and two sacks entering the game, to no hits. Fraser had to play center considerably against USC with Sampay nursing the shoulder... Fraser and senior Kevin Barry have been rotating at RG, and junior Darren Safranek and sophomore Brandon Phillips were rotating at RT until Safranek's knee injury last week took him out of the picture. Junior redshirt John Vorsheck has played all year as the placements snapper but missed much rotation play until recently with an ankle injury. He'll factor at tackle on both sides. Junior Makoa Freitas holds down the left tackle spot. Grace is considered by John Mackovic to be the best center he's coached, and 2001 was his first collegiate action at the position. Now, injuries on the offensive line have juggled some of the preseason intentions.
Catching the Ball
UA quarterbacks have completed passes to 15 different receivers, though an obvious corps of go-to people exists. Bobby Wade (44), Malosi Leonard (35), Andrae Thurman (25) and Brandon Marshall (17) have made 77 percent of the completions. Wade is six catches shy of the UA single-season Top 10. Tight end Peter Hansen joined the club against USC with a catch for five yards, one of seven players to snag receptions. Bobby Wade snared a season-high eight catches for a season-high 84 yards against the Trojans, while sidekicks Andrae Thurman (4-96), Brandon Marshall (4-80) and Malosi Leonard (4-41) also piled up some numbers. UA quarterbacks have hit seven different receivers or more in five games (except OSU-6, WSU-5, UW-5). The nine players catching a ball vs. UNLV was the biggest single-game corps since the 1998 season opener (9 at Penn State). Wade (44-594), Leonard (35-480) and Thurman (25-421) lead the way in receptions, although Marshall's school-record 99-yard catch-run against Idaho puts him atop the list in yards per catch with 17 receptions for 352 yards (20.7). He has another long scoring catch, a 44-yarder against Oregon. Wade leads the team with seven touchdown receptions and Marshall is next with four. Tight ends were more of a focus in the California game, with nominal starter James Hugo snagging one pass for eight yards and swifter Justin Levasseur catching two balls for 43 yards -- one a tight-end season-long 40 yarder for a score. Four tight ends have combined for 15 catches and 124 yards -- Hugo (9-56), Levasseur (4-55), Steve Fleming (1-8) and Peter Hansen (1-5). Hugo, Levasseur and Fleming each have started games in various formation judgements by coaches.
Arizona has led a Pac-10 game in time of possession just once this year. The Cats' near comeback and persistence against USC gave it its first time-of-possession edge in a Pac-10 game this year. The extra minute (30:26 to 29:34) helped reduce UA's overall deficit in league games to about -6:20 per game. Washington State skewed the figure dramatically by holding the ball 14 more minutes than did Arizona. The Ducks had about seven more minutes, Oregon State about eight and Washington merely four. California had the ball for a three-minute edge although leading at 38-3 the Wildcats put in backup quarterback John Rattay for some work and he suffered a couple of two-and-out possessions with a lost fumble and an interception.
Pac-10 Opponents Score Big
The Cats have surrendered 245 points in their six Pac-10 games, the most since UA's conference affiliation which began in 1978. That's the worst six-game stretch in school history as far as scoring defense goes. The 63 points scored by Oregon this year is the most surrendered by UA in a Pac-10 game, eclipsing the 58 put up by Washington in 1997 (a 58-28 Husky victory). Arizona's 1991 team allowed 32.8 points per game to post the highest single-season opponents' mark. The 1996 Cats allowed 199 points in six consecutive league games, two of which UA won. At this point UA is allowing 33.9 points per game. On a happier note, UA has scored in 215 consecutive games.
First and Fourth Quarters
UA cleaned up its act in the first quarter against USC and California, holding both teams to only three points. Vs. USC it meant only the third UA end-of-first-quarter lead, at Cal it was down 3-0. The Bears next scored in the fourth quarter -- 21 points -- the seventh time a team has put up 21 or more in a single quarter. But Arizona had its first major splurge of the year with 28 points in the second quarter in Berkeley to take control of the game. The Cats gave up 29 points in the fourth quarter against Idaho, the most of any team this year. Arizona has scored fairly consistently throughout games, but has an edge in only one period, the third. The last three games have seen UA shut out opponents in five quarters (two at Washington, one vs. USC, two at Cal). Arizona's scoring capability is pretty steady across the board but the 1st and 4th have been rugged on defense:
Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Arizona 62 83 55 49 249 Opponent 100 70 31 104 305
Sacking and Protecting the QBs
UA came up with some good pressure (11 tackles for loss) last week and notched eight sacks by seven different players at California. The total was one shy of the school record and the most this year. Nickel back Zaharius Johnson (SS) had two. Linemen added three and linebackers had two, plus strong safety Brandon Nash added one among his three hits for losses. DE Johnny Jackson had his sixth of the year and is among league leaders. At California Lance Briggs' sack caused a fumble that DT Young Thompson recovered to give UA a red-zone stop and a sudden-change scoring drive. UA had recorded three sacks in the previous three weeks -- one by Jackson at Washington, and one each by OLB Ray Wells and DT Anthony Thomas against USC. The Cats had none against Oregon State, the team's first empty pass rush of the year after averaging about 3.5 per game. Some injuries on the edge have hurt UA's continuity in fostering its pass rush. The only sack of the Oregon game came on a blitz by safety Zaharius Johnson. UA had three sacks against Washington State and has 15 in Pac-10 play. The team has 28 this year. Jackson's sack against the Cougars made for a 17-yard loss and caused a fumble Austin Uku returned two yards for a score. UA did a good job of containing UNLV's mobile Jason Thomas and sacked him three times, with two by Jackson and one by DT Young Thompson. A week earlier UA had seven sacks in the Idaho game, its most since a school-record nine at UCLA in 1999. Lance Briggs and Alex Luna had one and shared another to lead the way. Luna, Jackson and Michael Jolivette had one apiece in the opener at San Diego State. Opponents have 22 sacks (SDSU-2, Idaho-0, UNLV-1, WSU-3, Oregon-0, OSU-3, Washington-4, USC-6, Cal-3). California's through-the-gaps defense put good pressure on the QB and running backs as the Cats lost 69 yards. USC had the best success in getting to UA's quarterback, including two sacks on the final two plays of the game. Arizona is below coach John Mackovic's ratio goal of one sack allowed per 17 pass attempts. UA has attempted 289 passes and therefore is allowing one sack per 13 pass attempts. Meantime, UA's defense is knocking the other guy at a rate of one sack per 12 passing attempts, better than the preferred ratio (20 in this case).
Arizona's seen both sides of the turnover factor this year, entering league play at +3, then dropping to a current -5 mark. UA's forced nine turnovers in its last three games -- but suffered 10. Overall, UA games have witnessed 47 turnovers with the Cats losing 26 and gaining 21. California took advantage with 14 turnover points following backup QB John Rattay's interception and fumble in the fourth period. After a week in which it fared okay (no turnover points at Washington), Arizona gift-wrapped 21 markers against USC, with two picks returned for scores (70 and 58 yards) and another leading to a four-play, 12-yard touchdown drive. The first three league games saw a similar story: three turnovers led to two short-field touchdowns by the Beavers, who also blocked a UA punt and recovered that ball for a score, five turnovers against Oregon led to five touchdown drives by the Ducks, four interceptions against WSU led to three scores. The spate of turnovers in league play shattered UA's ball-control style evidenced in the first three games and has dropped UA from a No. 26 standing to 95th in turnover margin among I-A teams. UA trails in sudden change points by nearly a 2:1 ratio. UA does have four returns for scores -- fumbles for 2 yards by DE Austin Uku vs. WSU, by CB Michael Jolivette for 40 yards against UNLV and by SS Brandon Nash for 57 yards at San Diego State, plus a CB Michael Jolivette 60-yard INT return vs. USC. UA suffered an over-the-head snap on a punt that was illegally kicked through the endzone by punter Ramey Peru to give SDSU a scoring possession at the UA 1 yard-line.
Improving Rushing Defense
UA held Cal to 63 net rushing yards through three quarters then slipped a bit with some reserves seeing action to allow 52 more yards in the fourth period and 115 total. The Bears were persistent, with 46 attempts, but a 2.5 per carry average was not devastating. The Cats held USC to 64 net rushing yards on 22 carries, a 2.1 per tote average. That's the second-best carry figure for UA this year. Washington was held to 2.9 yards per attempt. Both those opponents threw the ball 49 times to move the ball. Arizona held its first three opponents to an average of 92 rushing yards per game, good enough to rate No. 24th nationally, then Pac-10 play began: WSU posted 138 yards, Oregon netted 282 yards with a pair of 100-yard efforts and Oregon State rushed for 195 yards. The last three games have seen UA improve to 47th in Division I-A rushing defense. Still, six backs have rushed for 100 yards against UA this year -- WSU's Dave Minnich (30-121), Idaho's Blair Lewis (21-110), Oregon's Onterrio Smith (15-131) and Maurice Morris (21-110), OSU's Ken Simonton (18-104) and California's Terrell Williams (28-108) -- among eight running backs to hit the 100-yard mark against UA in the last 21 games. Rotating injuries across the line have hurt UA's continuity if not totally altered its lineup. Senior end Johnny Jackson has been the stalwart, starting all nine games. Otherwise, ends Eli Wnek, Alex Luna, Austin Uku and Fata Avegalio, and tackles Keoni Fraser and Anthony Thomas have lost practice or game time because of various physical difficulties. (Fraser has since quit the team.) When nearly 100 percent healthy at the get-go, UA held San Diego State to 41 net yards rushing on 29 attempts, an average of 1.4 yards per carry in its best effort of the season.
Scoring Zone Report
Arizona and opponents have roughly the same scoring-zone percentages, which is good news and bad news. Another factor is opponents' 10 more penetrations than Arizona. Opponents have had success punching it in, notably because of Oregon's eight penetrations and eight TDs. Compared to last year the Cats' offense has stepped up and shown improvement sticking it into the endzone once it penetrates the 20 yard-line. Last year Arizona managed touchdowns only 52 percent of the time (33 trips) it reached the scoring zone, though it did hold opponents to a 44 percent TD factor on 39 penetrations. This year:
Arizona - 75% scoring, 64% TD on 28 penetrations
Opponents - 82% scoring, 71% TD on 38 penetrations
Arizona Football Notes...
...Go figure. Arizona is No. 16 nationally in turnovers gained (21), the ones you like, by your defense. But the Cats are 113th nationally in turnovers lost (26), the ones you avoid. In the 'gained' column Arizona trails four other Pac-10 teams. That says something about the league this year: the ball is up for grabs at times and one best be quick about getting to it...
...Arizona is quietly building on one factor for the future -- 2002 returning starters. A quick look at this week's depth chart reveals the Cats could return about 15 starters, predominantly on offense...
...78, 74, 70, 58... Those are the distances of scoring plays that beat Arizona in its last two losses. The first two were passes by Cory Pickett of Washington and the latter two were interception returns by Kevin Arbet and Kris Richard of USC. That's 28 big-play points in games lost by 3 and 7 points, respectively...
...Arizona opened 3-5 for the first time since 1997 (Dick Tomey), when UA strung together three wins to close the year, then won the Insight.com Bowl. Now the club is 4-5. In its Pac-10 affiliation, UA was at 4-5 in 1996, when it split its last two games to finish 5-6, at 4-5 in 1980 and split its last two games to finish 5-6, and at 4-5 in1980 and split the last two games to finish 5-6. In 1997 Arizona was 4-5 but won out to earn a berth in the Insight.com, which it won to go 7-5...
...The Cats held USC to 18 first downs, snapping a string of four weeks in which it had given up at least 24... Cal had 25 first downs, the second-highest total by an opponent this year... UA's defense also stopped a streak of 400-plus games in the past two weeks, holding USC to 312 and California to 354 while the average in the first four Pac-10 games was 495 yards...
...UA's third-down conversion rate is below expectations at 36 percent. Offensive coaches want a rate no less than 38 percent. UA was under the objective with 5-14 at California. UA was 5-for-16 vs. USC (31%) and one more first down near the end of the game might have made a difference... At Washington, UA converted eight of 15 third-down plays, it best of the year (though UW converted 9 of 16, too). The Cats converted 1 of 12 third-down tries against Oregon State, the worst figure... In Seattle, Jason Johnson's two scoring passes came on third down, both in scoring-zone successes. Opponents' season third- down rate is a sterling 41 percent...
...Of UA's eight sacks at California, four came on third-and-long, three came on 1st-and-10 and one was on 2nd-and-10...
...Sean Keel's 10-point game against USC -- two field goals and four extra points -- was the first double-digit scoring game in his three-year career... He's nine points shy of the UA career Top 10 scoring chart, with 137 career points... Keel made a 28-yard field goal on his only try at Corvallis to give UA its only points and avoid a shutout. Deja vu: a year ago Keel's FGs against Oregon State (3-for-3) proved to be Arizona's only points against the Beavers in a 33-9 loss... UA has scored in 214 consecutive games... Keel did not attempt a field goal against WSU or Washington, the first times a kicker hasn't given it a go since the Ohio State game 17 contests back... He kicked the longest of his career, 44 yards, against Idaho this year...
...The punt Oregon State blocked was the first against Arizona since ASU's Donnie Neal did so last year, and the first block returned for a score since Frank Primus of Stanford did so in 1997... Andrae Thurman blocked a punt at the goal line to give UA a safety at SDSU... The team has blocked 43 kicks in the last 12 seasons... Opponents have blocked two Keel field goals this year...
... Punter Ramey Peru's best outing was a 41.2 average and 39.0 net figure against UNLV, but he's kicked better the last several weeks, with a 39.4 average at Cal (net 34.8 including an intentional short kick downed inside the 20) and a 39.6 average and a UA net figure of 37.0 against USC. He's put five punts inside the 20 the last two games... One of those was downed at the 2 yard-line with a tap from Gary Love vs. USC... Peru has stuck 10 punts inside the 20 and does not have a touchback kick... He had a career-best 62-yard punt with some roll at Washington... Against Oregon he had a 41.3 average but UA gave up 24 yards on returns for a net figure of 33.3 yards...
...UA used a punt return by Bobby Wade (58 yards) to set up a score against the Aztecs, and a 16-yard return by Wade against UNLV to give it scoring-drive starting position at UA's 40 yard-line ...Wade returned five punts for 40 yards against USC... he returned three for 75 yards against California but UA wasted his 44-yard return when Keel's subsequent FG attempt was blocked...
...With the 15 different players who have caught passes, UA has had only one 100-yard individual receiving game this year, Wade's 118 yards on six catches at Cal... Brandon Marshall (1-99 vs. Idaho) and Andrae Thurman (5-95 vs. WSU, 4-96 vs. USC) came close....
...The Cats averaged 7.2 yards per running play against Oregon, their season best, and 4.5 per carry against Washington. Cal's nine tackles for loss hurt the mark in Berkeley (3.5). In the season opener at San Diego State the figure was a season-low 1.48 yards per tote.
...Arizona has led a Pac-10 game in time of possession just once this year. The Cats' near comeback and persistence against USC gave it its first time-of-possession edge in a Pac-10 game this year. The extra minute (30:26 to 29:34) helped reduce UA's overall deficit in league games to about -:20 per game. Washington State skewed the figure dramatically by holding the ball 14 more minutes than did Arizona. The Ducks had about seven more minutes, Oregon State about eight, Washington four and California about three more minutes... ...Clarence Farmer's 390 rushing yards in the last three games moved him into No. 3 in the league and No. 28 nationally. Farmer's averaging 5.6 yards per tote (165-930) and is within reach of his first 1,000-yard season... Farmer's 165 yards against California eclipsed his previous high of 158 against Oregon this year... ... Redshirt freshman back Tremaine Cox's 80-yard touchdown run against UNLV was UA's longest since Farmer popped for 80 and a score at Southern California last Oct. 7... Anthony Fulcher has a 36-yard scoring run to his credit this year, against Oregon...
...UA's four interceptions against Washington compare to the school record of seven against UTEP in 1968... The last time UA had more interceptions was five against Illinois in 1996... Junior linebacker Ray Wells had his first career interception against the Huskies, as did senior defensive end Johnny Jackson. Those were the first non-DB picks of the season for UA... Jermaine Chatman's first interception at UW was in the end zone and turned the Huskies back, his second came a few minutes later and gave UA field position for the go-ahead score... Clay Hardt grabbed his first career pick at California and had another negated by penalty...
...Arizona's defensive secondary broke up 11 passes at Washington and nine each against USC and Cal... UA has broken up 62 of opponents' 340 passes, plus intercepted 12 others to wreck 22% of the other guys' work. Cornerbacks Jolivette (18) and Jermaine Chatman (12) lead the way in PBUs, while Anthony Banks broke up three in his first start of the year in Chatman's spot against USC...
...UA's offense is starting to click. Arizona ran 73 plays for 6.5 yards per attempt at California... The per-play figure is the best this year. UA ran 77 plays for 5.4 yards per attempt against USC, a week after it had 72 plays for 5.5 yards against Washington...
...Arizona has more time of possession in three games this year -- the victories at San Diego State (3:12 margin) and against UNLV (3:56 margin), and the loss to USC (0:52 margin)...
...The 159 yards of total offense UA garnered at Oregon State almost made the "top 5" of the Cats' difficult list for tough Pac-10 games. Most recently UA's lowest output in a league game was 159 total yards -- also against Oregon State, in 2000... Jason Johnson's 311 passing yards against USC almost made the UA's Top 5 chart for Pac-10 games. No. 5 on the list is the 342 yards Tom Tunnicliffe (328) and halfback Brian Holland (14) put up at Washington in 1980...
...Inside linebacker Lance Briggs has four double-digit tackles game of the year. His highest total was 13 against WSU... He had 10 at Washington, 12 against Oregon, 10 against Idaho... Injured at Cal, he did not start and played about one third of the game, finishing with two tackles, one a sack which caused a fumble... Cornerback Michael Jolivette had 10 tackles against SDSU... Free safety Jarvie Worcester had 10 at Washington... Defensive end Johnny Jackson leads with six sacks... Strong safety Brandon Nash had a nice game at Cal with seven tackles (three for losses) and a pass break-up...
...The four interceptions suffered by UA quarterback Jason Johnson against USC, and by Johnson (3) and Cliff Watkins (1) against Washington State are the most in a single game since Ortege Jenkins threw four against UCLA last season...
...Jason Johnson's 23 completions against USC was four shy of the single-game team and individual record of 27 by Marc Reed against Utah in 1966... Johnson's three 300-yard passing games this year are the first since Ortege Jenkins threw for 348 yards on Oct. 18, 1997 against Washington... Arizona's 491 yards in total offense against Idaho and the 483 yards against Oregon were the team's biggest totals since Nov. 13, 1999, when UA had 500 even at Oregon State...
...The Cats have recovered nine of opponents' 13 fumbles -- returning three for scores -- and 11 of their own 24 drops...
...A number of players have had their first career action this year -- redshirt junior Ray Wells (starting ILB), backup QBs Cliff Watkins and John Rattay, redshirt freshman FB Tremaine Cox, redshirt freshman DE Fata Avegalio, soph TE Justin Levasseur, redshirt freshman TE Steve Fleming, junior redshirt OT/LS John Vorsheck, true freshman LB Kirk Johnson, redshirt freshman LB Pat Howard, redshirt freshman punt snapper Ben DalMolin, walk-on freshman kickoff specialist Ryan Slack, walk-on special teams player Johnny Bailey and walk-on lineman Dusty Alexander on both sides of the ball... Kirk Johnson had his first start at ILB at Oregon State when starter Ray Wells moved to whip linebacker in the absence of injured Joe Siofele...
...Arizona and Arizona State officials worked over the summer to earn NCAA Division I-A designation for the 1899 Territorial Cup as the oldest trophy game in America, eclipsing the battle for the Little Brown Jug, awarded annually since 1909 to the winner of the Michigan-Minnesota game. Officials of the two Arizona schools are working to complete details for the awarding of the Territorial Cup to the winning school, a replica to the winning school's president's office and awarding of two later trophies in the series -- the Saguaro Trophy for the winning coach (since 1997) and a modern sculpture piece by artist Ben Goo which is expected to be awarded to the game's Most Valuable Player. That piece formerly went to the winner of the Big Game from 1979 to 1998.
2001 Arizona Football Tentative Depth Chart -- vs. Stanford, Nov. 10, 2001 Offense (2001 Starts) WR 25 Malosi Leonard, 6-1, 210, *Sr., 3L, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale) (6) 6 Brandon Marshall, 5-11, 200, *Sr., 1L, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside/Palomar) (4) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *So., 1L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) LT 77 Makoa Freitas, 6-4, 296, *Jr., 2L, Manoa, Hawaii (Kamehameha) (9) 65 John Vorsheck, 6-4, 299, *Jr., SQ, Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills/Saddleback CC) LG 66 Steven Grace, 6-3, 293, *Sr., 3L, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha) (9) 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 301, *Fr., RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) C 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 273, So., 1L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) (3/8) or 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-2, 293, *Fr., RS, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) (1/3) LG 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-2, 293, *Fr., RS, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) (3) or 72 Kevin Barry, 6-5, 315, *Sr., 1L, Racine, Wis. (Washington Park/Hutchinson) (6) RT 68 Brandon Phillips, 6-7, 278, *So., SQ, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol) (2) 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 301, *Fr., RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) TE 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 255, *Jr., 2L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) (5) or 88 Justin Levasseur, 6-5, 230, *So, SQ, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch) (1) 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 237, *Fr, RS, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) (1) WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 194, Jr., 2L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) (9) 3 Andrae Thurman, 5-11, 185, *So., Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) (6) 9 Gary Love, 5-10, 176, *So., 1L, 5-10, 176, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) QB 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 210, *Jr., Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup) (9) 13 John Rattay, 6-3, 200, *Fr., RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista/Tennessee) 15 Cliff Watkins, 6-4, 220, *So., SQ, Breckenridge, Texas (Breckenridge) HB 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-1, 214, So., 1L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) (8) 20 Leo Mills, 5-11, 214, *Jr, 2L, Humble, Texas (Humble) FB 40 Mike Detwiler, 6-2, 227, *Sr., 1L, Truckee, Calif. (THS/Pasadena CC) (4) 21 Tremaine Cox, 5-11, 195, *Fr., RS, Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson) 36 Anthony Fulcher, 5-11, 197, So., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz., (Horizon) (1) Defense DE 54 Alex Luna, 6-1, 240, *Sr, 3L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando) (8) 98 Fata Avegalio, 6-3, 236, *Fr, RS, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone) NT 58 Anthony Thomas, 6-2, 290, *Sr., 3L, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena) (8) 61 Bobby Ramsey, 6-3, 256, *Jr, SQ, Flagstaff, Ariz. (Flagstaff) DT 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 293, Jr., 2L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) (7) 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 273, *Fr., Denver, Colo. (Montbello) DE 91 Eli Wnek, 6-3, 251, *Sr, 3L, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood) 9 Johnny Jackson, 6-2, 246, *Sr., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine/Sacramento CC) (9) ILB 43 Kirk Johnson, 6-0, 203, Fr., HS, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) (4) or 7 Ray Wells, 6-1, 224, *Jr., RS, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel/Mesa JC) (5/4 44 Pat Howard, 6-0, 218, *Fr., RS, La Marque, Texas (La Marque) ILB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-2, 232, Jr., 2L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) (8) 38 Shelton Ross, 6-0, 221, *Sr., 2L, Kansas City, Mo. (Hickman Mills/Hutchinson JC) (1) OLB 7 Ray Wells, 6-1, 224, *Jr., RS, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel/Mesa JC) (4/5) or 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 252, *So, 1L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) (5) 49 Matt Molina, 6-2, 225, *So., SQ, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) SS 19 Brandon Nash, 6-1, 217, *Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills) (9) 24 Zaharius Johnson, 6-0, 197, *Sr, 2L, Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute) LC 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-11, 179, *So., 1L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) (9) 2 David Hinton, 5-11, 172, *So., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 205, *Jr., 2L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) (9) 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 197, *So., 1L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) or 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 205, *Fr., RS, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro) RC 23 Jermaine Chatman, 5-11, 184, Sr., 1L, Compton, Calif. (Hawthorne/Pasadena CC) (8) or 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 161, Sr., 2L, Los Angeles (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC) (1) Special Teams PK: 3 - Sean Keel, 6-0, 201, Jr., 2L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen), 28 - Bobby Gill, 5-10, 181, *So., SQ, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy) P 12 - Ramey Peru, 6-1, 190, *So, 1L, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson), 33 - Clay Hardt KO 34 - Ryan Slack, 6-1, 193, Fr., HS, Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe), 24 - Bobby Gill Hold 10 - Jason Johnson, 15 - Cliff Watkins Snap 65 - John Vorsheck, 67 - Keoki Fraser LSnap 50 - Ben DalMolin, 5-11, 209, *Fr., RS, Globe, Ariz. (Globe) PR 1 - Bobby Wade, 25 - Malosi Leonard KOR 4 - Andrae Thurman, 6 - Brandon Marshall, 9 - Gary Love
Arizona Academic Stalwarts - Brandon Nash, Eli Wnek, Jason Johnson
Arizona's top academic honors candidates include seniors Eli Wnek and Brandon Nash, and junior Jason Johnson. In order they carry 3.79, 3.13 and 3.78 cumulative grade point averages while starting as college football players. Wnek returned to action last week. On Sept. 18 he was named to the American Football Coaches Association "Good Works Team," just one of 11 Division I-A players so honored and the only Pac-10 representative. He and Nash earned 1st-team All-Pac-10 Academic honors in 2000, while Malosi Leonard and Jarvie Worcester were honorable-mention picks. Wnek and Nash both earned degrees in May and are taking post-graduate studies. Nash was named a winner of a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship prior to the season. UA special teams players Ben DalMolin (3.30), Justin Jochum (3.81) Ramey Peru (3.05) and backup QB John Rattay (3.51) also have been nominated to the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team.
WR, Bobby Wade, 5-11, 187, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Arizona's most experienced receiver, having played in 31 career games (27 starts) ... Moved into fifth place on the all-time UA receptions list (119) and ranks eighth on the career yardage list (1,674) ... A semifinalist for the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award ... Leads the team with 44 receptions, 594 yards and 7 TDs ... Ranks second on the team with a 101.4 all-purpose yards per game average ... Has at least one catch in 30 of 31 career appearances, including 29 consecutive (which ranks T12th nationally) ... Averaging a team-leading 11.0 yards per punt return and has two returns of 40 or more yards ... Four career 100-yard receiving games to his credit ... Tied a school record with three TD catches (50, 13, 16) at California and finished with six grabs for 118 yards (UA's first 100-yard receiving game this year) to go with 75 yards on three punt returns ... Equaled a career high with eight receptions for a season-high 84 yards vs. USC ... Had a team-high six grabs at Washington for 74 yards and a TD ... Had two receptions for 24 yards at Oregon State ... Had three receptions for 67 yards vs. Oregon ... Collected a TD catch vs. Washington State and finished with 59 receiving yards ... Posted the first two-TD game of his career with a pair of scoring grabs vs. UNLV (14, 15) and finished with four receptions for 54 yards ... Led UA with five catches vs. Idaho and totaled 70 yards ... Also added his third career reception of 50+ yards vs. the Vandals ... Tallied five catches for 44 yards in the opener at San Diego State, and added 107 return yards (59 punt/48 kick) that included a 58-yard punt return ... Led the Cats with 45 receptions and 626 yards last season ... Has blossomed under Coach Mackovic's offensive system ... Has big-play potential with 14-, 60- and 75-yards TD catches last year ... Has 14 TD catches in his career ... Outstanding kick returner who led the 2000 squad with 981 yards.
PK, Sean Keel, 6-0, 200, Jr., Littleton, Colo.
Entered the year on the Lou Groza Award Preseason watch list as one of the nation's top collegiate kickers ... A Street & Smith's Preseason honorable mention All-America ... Made 6-of-11 FG atts. on the year ... Has made four of his last five FG attempts, including a career-best 46-yarder vs. USC ... Made 1-of-2 FGs at California and added for PATs ... Hit a season-high two FGs vs. USC (24, 46), including a career long of 46 yards as the first half expired ... The 10-point day vs. USC (including 4 PATs) was the first of his career ... Punted once (a career first) for 32 yards at Washington off a FG formation ... Hit a 28-yard FG at Oregon State, his first FG in three games ... Missed a 50-yard attempt vs. Oregon, but went 4-of-4 on PATs ... Was 3-of-3 PATs vs. Washington State, as UA did not attempts a field goal for the first time in 13 games ... Hit a 20-yard FG vs. UNLV and was 5-of-5 on PATs vs. UNLV ... Equaled a then-career long with a 44-yard FG vs. Idaho ... Missed only FG attempt at San Diego State (40 yds.) ... Ranked third in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally with 1.18 FG/game last year ... Made 13-of-17 field goal attempts (.765) and 25-of-26 PATs (.962) in 2000 ... Made 9- of-10 field goals inside 40 yards and was 4-of-5 on attempts of 40-49 yards last year ... Has a career long of 46 yards vs. USC on Oct. 27, 2001 ... Connected on 24-of-36 FGAs in his career (.667).
OL, Stephen Grace, 6-3, 293, Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii
Arguably Arizona's best offensive lineman and one of the finest in the Pac-10 Conference ... Has three consecutive starts at left guard ... Made his first start of the year at left guard (his position last year) vs. Washington after six starts at center which led to much-improved line play and offensive output ... For the second time this season the UA offensive line surrendered no sacks, this time to No. 6 Oregon ... Under his guidance, the O-Line continues to help the UA offense remain balanced and productive, as the squad totaled 440 yards of offense (184 rush/256 pass) in the win over UNLV ... Led the offensive line in allowing no sacks in the win over Idaho as the offense tallied 491 yards of total offense, the team's highest total since Nov. 13, 1999 ... Anchored an offensive line that first-time QB starter to complete 21-of-32 passes for 176 yards vs. SDSU ... Coach Mackovic has called Grace "the best center I have ever coached." ... Has recovered from shoulder surgery last year that limited him to just one game played ... Earned second-team all-Pac-10 honors in 1999 as a starter at left guard.
RB, Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, So., Houston, Texas
A Street & Smith's Preseason honorable mention All-America ... Averaging 5.6 ypc in 2001 ... Ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing yards (930) and yards per carry (5.6) for players with at least 125 totes ... On a pace for 1136 yards this season ... Tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns ... Four 100-yard rushing games this season and seven in his career ... Rushed for a career-high 165 yards on 27 carries at California, including a 65-yard TD run ... Collected 82 yards and a TD in the second half vs. USC ... Went over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season at Washington with 147 yards on 21 totes (7.0 ypc), also has tow reception for eight yards out of the backfield ... Tallied just 55 yards on 19 carries at Oregon State to account for 35 percent of the UA total offense ... Collected a career-best 158 yards on 15 carries (10.5 ypc) vs. No. 6 Oregon, including a 78-yard run (second longest of his career) ... Tallied 84 yards on 16 carries with a 31-yard TD run vs. Washington State ... Collected 35 yards on 11 totes vs. UNLV ... Topped 100 yards for the first time this season (fourth career) with 118 yards on 18 carries with two TDs ... Posted a strong 2001 debut, compiling 90 yards on 21 carries and a TD ... Scored UA's first TD on a nice 12-yard run and set up a second with a 27-yard scamper at San Diego State ... A powerful, bruising back that rushed for 666 yards and five touchdowns last year ... One of only two true freshmen running backs at Arizona to post three 100-yard rushing games ... Had three runs of 35 yards in 2000, including two for scores ... Named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
LB, Lance Briggs, 6-1, 230, Jr., Sacramento, Calif.
Ranks second in the Pac-10 with 80 tackles through nine games ... Has 11 double-figure tackle games in 20 games at linebacker ... Totaled a career-low two tackles at California, but managed to register a sack and force a fumble ... Collected nine tackles (five solo) vs. USC to go with a PBU ... Posted 10 tackles (five solo) at Washington to go with two TFL ... Had eight stops (4 solo) at Oregon State ... Recorded at least 10 stops for the second week in a row with 12 vs. No. 6 Oregon to go with 2 TFL ... Notched a team-high 13 tackles vs. Washington State ... Recovered a fumble and registered a team-high seven tackles (six solo) in the win over UNLV ... Led UA with 10 stops (8 solos) 2.5 TFL, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks vs. Idaho ... Anchored a defense that allowed SDSU just 41 net rushing yards in the season opener ... Tallied 9 stops vs. the Aztecs, including one TFL ... The Pac-10's leading returning tackler with 113 stops ... A second-team preseason All-America pick by Football News ... A Street & Smith's Preseason honorable mention All-America ... Posted seven games with 10 or more tackles in 2000, his first on the defensive side of the ball ... Briggs' earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors last season.
CB, Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 178, So., Houston, Texas
Has five of the 12 UA interceptions this season (team leader) ... Collected three tackles and two PBU at California ... Had two interceptions and four solo tackles vs. USC, including a 60-yard interception for a TD ... Tallied four tackles and four PBU at Washington ... Collected an interception and six tackles at Oregon State ... Tallied nine tackles (seven solo) vs. Oregon, the second-highest total of his career ... Collected four tackles and an interception vs. Washington State to go with three PBU ... Posted a stellar all-around game in the win over UNLV, totaling two tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble return 40 yards for a TD and one PBU ... Collected his sixth career interception in the win over Idaho to go with 6 tackles ... Arizona's leading tackler in the season opener vs. SDSU with 10 stops (a career high), including a sack (-6) and two PBUs ... A Street & Smith's Preseason honorable mention All-America ... A solid cover guy ... Returns after a freshman campaign that saw him tally 42 tackles and five interceptions (19th nationally) ... A second-team all-Pac-10 pick and freshman All-America as a wide-side corner.
QB, Jason Johnson, 6-2, 200, Jr., Puyallup, Wash.
Has completed 56.8 percent of his throws to 15 receivers on the year ... Currently stands in 5th place on the UA single-season touchdown pass list with 16 ... Passed for 300 yards for the second game in a row at California with a career-high 315 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Set new career highs with 23 completions, 43 attempts and 311 passing yards vs. USC and added his first caeer rushing TD ... Completed 7-of-10 passes for 80 yards and 2 TDs at Washington before leaving the game with a concussion ... Passed for a season-low 113 yards at Oregon State on 10-of-24 passing ... Connected on a season-low seven completions in 18 attempts vs. No. 6 Oregon for 132 yards, but did throw 2 TDs, including a 44-yarder ... Completed 13 passes (25 attempts) for 184 yards vs. Washington State to go with 3 interceptions ... Connected on 60 percent of his passes (18-of-30) vs. UNLV for 247 yards and three TDs ... Completed 20-of-30 passes for 304 yards and 2 TDs vs. Idaho ... He is UA's first 300-yard passer since Oct. 18, 1997, and he logged the longest pass play in school and Pac-10 history with a 99-yard TD strike to Brandon Marshall ... Completed 21-of-32 passes for 176 yards in his first collegiate start at San Diego State, and most importantly, led his team to victory ... Showed a strong grasp of the offensive by completing passes to eight different receivers ... Outstanding student with a 3.75 GPA as a business major ... Could be a strong contender for academic All-America honors.
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Arizona Football On TV
Seven UA games were national or regional broadcasts. The UA-Stanford game will be an ABC Sports production for live broadcast in Pac-10 markets. The ASU game has been selected by FSN. Fox Sports Net Arizona produced other games for over-the-air broadcast on KWBA-58 in southern Arizona and KUSK in central Arizona. Arizona Football On Radio
KNST 790-AM Radio is the flagship station for live Arizona football broadcasts on the Wildcat Sports Network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates: KCTK-Phoenix, KVNA-Flagstaff, KBLU-Yuma, KTAN-Sierra Vista, KRLV-Las Vegas, KDAP-Douglas, KWRQ-Safford, KZUA-Holbrook, KIKO-Globe, KINO-Winslow. Internet broadcast: www.knst.com KNST also administers UA's Spanish broadcasts carried by XENY-Nogales and KXEW-Tucson, with Joel Bojorquez and Francisco Romero. KNST's broadcast is available by phone using TEAMLINE for about 10 cents per minute, by calling 1-800-846-4700. John Mackovic Coach's Shows
Head coach John Mackovic's weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during "Tuesdays in the Huddle With John Mackovic," a public gathering at McMahon's Steakhouse at 12 noon Tuesdays. The radio show airs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays on KNST-790 AM and the TV segment is broadcast over the air at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.