Crump working to contribute

Gino Crump has had a successful Fall Camp and now is the time for it to translate to the regular season. How does Crump think he will do? What does he think of the offense as a whole? Read on to find out.

For the second consecutive fall camp, Gino Crump stood out amongst a talented group of receivers. After recording only four receptions for 39 yards as a junior, Crump is working day-in and day-out to show that he deserves more looks as a senior.

"Camp went well, I'm excited," Crump said. "I've been out there making plays. I have something to prove and every day is a challenge.

"We have a lot of great guys in that receiving meeting room, so every day you have to come out and compete and show your worth. It's always, ‘what have you done for me lately?' I can't just have a good day and take tomorrow off, because there's always a great receiver right there behind you."

A transfer from West Virginia, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver spent his time in the offseason preparing himself to make an impact throughout the 2011 season.

"I try to work on being well-rounded and doing everything well," Crump said. "I put a lot of work in this summer in the weight room with coach (Corey) Edmond and I'd stay behind and do extra ball drills and stuff like that. I'm trying to make more of an asserted effort to be consistent and make all of the right plays and catch every ball and make every block."

While the receiving core from Arizona is filled with talented returners in Juron Criner, David Douglas, and David Roberts, as well as capable newcomers such as Dan Buckner, Crump is only concerned about what he can control and continues to compete with the more established receivers on the roster.

"Every day I come out and try to be the best," Crump said. "My goal is to be the best player on the field at all times, that's what I'm working towards. Obviously we have great receivers in Juron Criner, David Douglas and David Roberts, we have a great group; but I definitely come out here and try to be the best every day."

Behind the strength of the receiving core, Crump has high hopes for the Arizona offense in 2011.

"I think our passing attack and our offensive group can be the best in the country if we can get everything clicking," Crump said. "Obviously we have a young offensive line, but they've been working really hard to get better every day and I'm proud of the work they've been putting in.

"We have a great quarterback in Nick Foles and obviously we have a great receiving group. If we can get everything going, it's going to be a really tough group to stop. Especially with Keola (Antolin) coming out of the backfield, it's going to be tough for defenses."

Some receivers might be concerned with the number of catches or touchdowns they will put up in an upcoming season, but Crump is not focused on the numbers, just his performance.

"I want to be the best receiver I can be," Crump said. "I want to be up there with the best receivers in the Pac-12, in the nation as well. This my last year, my last shot, so I have a lot to prove."

But the real question is, with regular time, just how big of an impact can Crump make on the 2011 Arizona Wildcats? He's shown what he can do in practice, but will that translate to live game action? If you ask Crump, he's capable of anything he sets his mind to.

"Whatever I put my heart into, I feel like I can go do it," Crump said. "A lot of people said I couldn't get to Division I football and I did it, so I think I can do whatever I put my heart out to do."

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