Depth remains strength

One of the biggest keys to Arizona's 4-0 start has been the depth on the roster. In years past, UA would use its bench sparingly and rarely did the second string make a major impact.

One of the biggest keys to Arizona's 4-0 start has been the depth on the roster. In years past, UA would use its bench sparingly and rarely did the second string make a major impact.

2010 has been a pretty different story.

On the offensive side of the ball, you are seeing the Wildcats delve deep into its rotation at wide receiver. Players like Richard Morrison, Terrence Miller and Gino Crump have seen time on the field in relief of the players in front of them and while the production has been minimal, those players have played a big part in keeping the starter's legs fresh.

The wide receiver position is proving, once again, to have a bright future. Despite losing Delashaun Dean unexpectedly and not having enough room for Dexter Ransom, Arizona's wide receiving situation is in great shape and the unit has shown to be very effective without them.

Then there is the defensive side of the ball. The defensive e line is rotating a bunch. Players like D'Aundre Reed, Sione Tuihalamka, Willie Mobley, Apai Tuihalamaka and Dominique Austin have all been called upon in relief of the starters and performed admirably in the process.

It has helped provide the Wildcats extremely active starting defensive line to get some much needed rest.

At linebacker Arizona is rotating R.J. Young in frequently and hasn't hesitated to play a defensive back as a nickel.

In the defensive backfield there have been numerous players making plays throughout the season.

True freshman Shaquille Richardson had a crucial tipped pass that ended up being intercepted by Joe Perkins to seal the Cal game. Mike Turner is making the most of his senior year on the field as an active defensive back. Sophomore Adam Hall continues to improve as he develops and looks to be a factor at safety all year long and freshman Marquis Flowers is getting plenty of reps as well.

The depth has been used more this year than any year in the past under head coach Mike Stoops and the team has benefited from it immensely. Not only does it keep everyone fresh, but it assures Wildcat fans that the team is in great shape in the upcoming years.

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