Fall Camp: What we learned

Fall Camp has come and gone and we learned plenty about Arizona's football team. Read on to see what we learned during camp.

Fall Camp is in the books and now Arizona football has begun its regular practice schedule in preparation for the 2011 season. It was a very telling camp and while you can never take too much from exhibition play or practice, there was enough that took place on the field to discuss.

Here is what we learned about the team in Fall Camp.

  • The offensive line is still a work in progress

    There were steps made in a positive direction for this group, but they are still gelling and there is a long way to go. The struggles of the running game during much of camp can be partially attributed to the inexperienced blocking. The group is still not fully comfortable with each other based on recent observations, but there was enough shown to believe that this unit will be more than serviceable by the end of the season.

  • Nick Foles is going to have a big senior season.

    If there was one thing that was evident throughout the duration of fall camp, it's that Foles is focused on being more of a vocal leader this season. Not only that, but his nearly two years of game experience in UA's offense is starting to pay off as he was on the same page of every Wildcat wideout that he threw to.

    Foles is being projected as one of the top quarterbacks in next year's NFL Draft and it seems as if he understands what is at stake. Despite the uncertainty along the offensive line, Foles has been very impressive and looks ready to have a monster season.

  • The defensive line might be better than anticipated

    Due to the departures of Brooks Reed, Ricky Elmore, D'Aundre Reed and Lolomana Mikaele, many wondered about the shape of the defensive line. Throughout Fall Camp, the group has looked much stronger than anticipated. Whether or not that has to do with the struggles along the offensive line or not is to be determined, but at face value, the defensive linemen have been better than expected.

    Primarily the ends have been the most surprising. Both Mohammed Usman and C.J. Parish have looked more like veterans of the defensive end positions rather than players getting their first real crack at the position in college. The true test comes in game two against Oklahoma State, but if early signs are any indication of how good this unit will be, the defensive line should be much stronger than originally thought.

  • Ka'Deem Carey is going to make an early impact if given the opportunity

    It isn't a surprise that Carey has shown glimpses of being a big-play running back in camp. He has the size, strength and speed that most freshmen simply don't possess and he was able to show off just what he can do over the past few weeks. Carey did a lot against UA's second and third string defenses mostly, but it was enough to show that he is ready for the college game.

    Carey really turned it on towards the end of the camp where he was getting chances against the Wildcats' top defensive unit more often. If he can continue to build off his impressive month of practice, he could push his way on to the field much sooner than originally planned.

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