Washington and Arizona: Breaking Down the Top Offensive Threats

October 6, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott (10) throws a pass against the Stanford Cardinal in the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Leading up to the 2012 Homecoming game, Zona Zealots is going in depth on the best offensive players of these respective teams.  Both teams come into the match up 3-3, but Washington has the edge in terms of conference record, 1-2, against 0-3.  This game is huge for both teams, as Arizona is reeling after three straight losses, while Washington has competed against the top tier of the Pac-12, even thought both ended in losses.

So away we go.

 

 

Quarterbacks:

Completions          Attempts          Yards          Completion %           TD          Int         Rating

Matt Scott:

186                            289                  2099                   64.4%                   13             7             135.4

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Keith Price:

114                              186                  1080                   61.3%                   7               6              116.0

 

Sept 27, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) scrambles out of the pocket against the Stanford Cardinal during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

 

Obviously Arizona has the edge in this.  Matt Scott has played out of his mind, especially the Stanford game, and should continue that against the Huskies. Price on the other hand has been having an abysmal season compared to last years (3000+ passing yards/ 33TD’s).  I expect him to have a better game then his season would dictate, partly because he is due and also because it is against our average pass defense.

 

 

Running Backs (or Rushing QB’s):

Carries          Yards          Average          TD’s

Ka’Deem Carey:

126               670                5.3                  10

Matt Scott:

57                 222                3.9                    2

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October 6, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats running back Ka

Bishop Sankey:

103                487                4.7                    6

Ka’Deem Carey is arguably the best RB in the Pac-12 and on top of that, the country.  He is a force to be reckoned with, but on top of that nice wheels for a 200lbs back, as seen in his 73 yard touchdown earlier this season.  As seen above, Matt Scott can toss the pigskin, but he is even more important in the option run game.  When Arizona destroyed Oklahoma State, he rushed 19 times and kept the Cowboys off balance.  But after getting hurt against Oregon, his running has been limited and hence, the Arizona offense has stalled a bit.  For Sankey, this is his first year as the top back and he has played relatively well.  He had over 100 yards against both Stanford (144) and Oregon (104) and should continue the good season against Arizona’s small defensive line.

 

Wide Receivers:

October 6, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Austin Hill (29) catches a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal in the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 54-48. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Receptions          Yards          Average          TD’s

Austin Hill:

42                     608                 14.5                5

Dan Buckner:                         3

9                     513                  13.2                2

Ka’Deem Carey:

21                     220                 10.5                1

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Kasen Williams:

33                      362                  11.0                4

Austin Seferian-Jenkins:

29                       337                 11.6                 2

DiAndre Campbell:

9                            96                  10.7                1

The receiver stats lean towards the Wildcats most likely because they throw the ball more and not based off of talent (which could arguably be true).  The Wildcats have freak athletes in Hill and Buckner, while Williams and Jenkins for Washington are near eclipsing their reception totals from last year.  If Arizona jumps out of a big lead, the Huskies WR’s will be tested.  Will they be up for the challenge.  On the flip side, if Washington jumps out to lead, the Wildcats WR’s should demonstrate the kind of talent they have shown the entire year.

With this information, you can now see who the offensives top threats are, as well as which players the opposing teams defenses have to key on.  If you missed yesterday’s article on the Arizona defense, you can find it here.

 

 

Topics: Arizona Wildcats Football, College Football

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