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Awesome in-depth article that breaks down the up coming 2017 season for Arizona Wildcat Football.

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Eh, average review. Likely giving us more credit than most, but certainly not considering all of the factors from just injury to actually losing a player at a key position (C) to death. The emotional stability of the team was always in flux before the big injuries started. Arizona had a snowball effect from there. While they struggled against BYU and Grambling, they held it close to Washington. Then the injuries took a huge toll on the entire team. Top that with terrible ST play and the field possession seemed to always be at the worst place and time.
I have more thoughts on the team, but will just point out a few reasons for my optimistic views.
1. OL strength given in article does not include the fact that potentially the best OL player we have did RS last year, as well as a couple others also RS. While the overall depth is thin, we have potentially 11 starter quality players up front.
2. When descussing the run game the QBs are a definite factor.
3. Receivers are as bare as we look. The issue last year was sparse protection and injuries to all of our QBs. There was nobody healthy and no time to find the receivers down field.
4. Most of the ST starters are the 2nd team players. Due to injury, our 2nd team players were starting and we were playing 3rd, 4th, and walk on players on ST. Not a good situation.
5. Perhaps our best potential CBs are RS from last year. The S is full of young talented players. DBs should be improved but young. Also the retrun of Yates to the DBs coach.
6. We have not had a real healthy LB corps for several years now and even though they have a nearly total turnover, the new LB coach and young talent should be an improvement by conference play.
7. DL was also thin and small. Adding size and being healthy will be a nice change. Having the 4th guy down and committed to the up front push will pay dividends.

Just a few thoughts but we will need to avoid the injuries to achieve the most from this team.

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We talk about poor recruiting and recruiting misses a lot with Arizona Football. Looking back at the last few seasons, there are a lot of players no longer on the team due to retirement from injuries. We had transfers who just quit playing. We had players who could have been a positive impact on the team that just did not pan out for one reason or another. To be honest, many of those guys were players like Sharif Williams who never recovered from a terrible injury but would have been huge on our front line to Keenan Walker who had his own injury/personal issues that contributed to his leaving. We were so excited about both of those guys. There were many others as well including a few legal issues that have hampered things. We can go back and look at Gronk's injury incleded in this! Just looking at the time RR has been in charge we have been successful against the odds when we factor all these things in. Last year the issues just hit a point we could not recover from during the year.
Optimistic view:
We are better on the O line and Backfield than we have been and the team is healthy for the most part. The talent is very solid with both those positions which should help not only in offensive production, but also a little less 3 and out. The D should benefit from added depth and from a better O keeping the D off the field for more rest. The last 2 classes (15 &16) have some very solid players playing right now and the 17 class coming in is also in that mold. While the number of players per class is a little low, if we are healthy we should return to where we were 3 years ago. Yes, a couple of upsets from competing for the PAC South.

Unlike Jim Mora at UCLA, we have not been loaded with 4 and 5 star players and underachieved. We have had decent classes decimated by things beyond the staffs control. Evan ASU's recruiting is considered better than our and while they have had their share of attrition, they have not had as many issues as we have. Consider that the experts picked them above us this coming season after what we did to them with a skeleton crew team last fall and I like our odds. The kids that are coming back from injury and who RS last year should really help thsi team make a jump in a positive way this fall.

I am very confident (baring some major albatross)  we will be bowling this year. I like our chances of starting 4-0! I like our chances against Cal, OSU, and ASU. I think WSU was a wash last year and we show much better this time around. And I feel like Oregon will be a statement game!
Not predicting 9 wins, but potential is there and 6-7 wins should be expected!

Bear Down Wildcats!

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Here is the early preview for our Wildcats that Athlon put out. Last season started on the down of losing our C. That set us back and then the injuries pretty much finished us off.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/athlonsports.com/college-football/arizona-wildcats-2017-spring-football-preview%3Famp

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Just an FYI on a few player situations

Tate has not played football in close to 8 years and it may take a while to get him in game shape and even longer to know the game plan this staff has for him. He is a talented athlete but has been through many changes over the last 8 years. I expect a RS, but RR may throw him to the dogs.
Boles committed to Arizona, but has enrolled at USF and will play for the Bulls, not the Wildcats. That is a disappointment as we needed the extra size up front.
Early enrollee Ramirez has looked very good in the Spring and is working hard to see the field early. He was listed at 6'3" 195 lbs. It is my understanding that he is closer to 220-225 range.
Fields came in as an athlete and has also looked the part and could also see some PT if he continues to progress.
Taufahema was not in good conditioning when he arrived early and is working at getting closer to game shape. I would not expect him to be more than a rotational player until that changes.

Most of the players will be arriving on campus any day now.

A few other notes.

Eletise could be.the starting LG and could be our best OL player once he gains that game experience. He is ready to contribute right now.
Taylor is 100% entering the fall even though he did very little in the spring.
Burns could be a difference maker at CB where we have been weak.
Robertson will be a star at LB this year. It may take a game or two for him to settle in, but our new LB coach is a big plus for him.
Cain is also pushing for some PT on the OL and looking very good. It would not surprise me to see him take the starting RT spot at some point.
Brown is looking to build on what he started last year at receiver.
From everything I am hearing, Morrison is also going to be a full go and will contribute to improving our CB coverage and play.

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Nice!!  Can't wait for Uof🅰️🏈 🐻⬇️

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I could not find the actual prediction page as I got impatient looking for it. However, we are 10 games in and I wanted to say Bear Down to all those who believed before the season began. I know I said 7 wins minimum and here we are at 7-3 with two games remaining. Both are winnable. Perhaps we should be 9-1/8-2? I have no complaints with where we are but with our youth we new we would lose a game or two due to experience. I also said there was only one game on paper we should lose and we did, but we were tied at 35 midway through the fourth quarter. RR has said the future looks bright. Bear Down Wildcats! The next few years could be a nice ride.

 





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