Saturday Scrimmage: Offensive Notebook

Arizona's offense was clicking in Saturday's scrimmage. Read on to see who stood out, who surprised, and more.

Fort Huachuca, ARIZ. - The offense showed what it is capable of doing this season as it scored on its first seven drives and while it eventually had a few stalls, the offense was easily the highlight of the night.

  • If Matt Scott plays like he did in the scrimmage on Saturday, there really should not be any worries about the offense this season. Scott completed 16-18 passes for 193 yards. Scott also had two carries for 11 yards, but the real story is how he was able to consistently find open receivers and make plays. While the defense was not spectacular, Scott still deserves credit for the throws he made throughout the night.

  • B.J. Denker showed that he is easily the second quarterback on the depth chart and it will likely be difficult for anybody to stop him from starting in two seasons as well. Denker finished 12-17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. There were a few plays in which he made bad decisions and Rich Rodriguez was the first to let him know about it. However, Denker is getting a late start and looks to be doing just fine.

  • If you consider the amount of reps, Javelle Allen looks to have a good hold on the third quarterback spot. He completed six of seven passes and took off on the ground at least three times. Allen struggled a bit going through the progressions, as he took off too quickly a few times. He looked like a freshman on a few plays, but that is to be expected. Allen is much bigger than originally thought and he is going to be difficult to bring down in the open field.

  • Kylan Butler got the most carries with seven, but he never got into the open field. While indications are that he has been impressive in camp, Butler was never able to break anything on Saturday and finished with only 18 yards. We would be surprised if he did not stay right in the competition and get some carries this season.

  • Jared Baker had a tough night on Saturday, only carrying it two times for three yards. In addition, Baker missed a block that infuriated Rodriguez. Arizona's head coach is likely going to put one running back on the back burner and Baker might be that guy after Saturday's performance. Luckily for him, there is still plenty of time to rebound.

  • Ka'Deem Carey has gotten much stronger since last year and he seems to have kept his speed as well, which is obviously huge. While he and Jenkins are likely the two lead backs, Carey had the edge on Saturday. Jenkins struggled to get through the line of scrimmage and Carey ran around and through people, finishing with four carries for 25 yards.

  • J.T. Washington may not play this year because of the depth at his position, but watching him run is like playing a video game. He has jukes, finds his way in between tackles, and probably makes an extra move or two where he does not need to. Washington is explosive and if Arizona was not so deep at running back, we would say that the coaching staff needs to find a way to get him on the field.

  • Terrence Miller is not what you think the prototypical receiver would be in this system, but he looked fantastic on Saturday. Miller finished with six catches for 91 yards and it did not seem like a corner could keep up with his strength. If Miller can stay consistent, he is going to be a major weapon on the outside because it will be difficult to put a corner on him in single coverage due to his size.

  • Tyler Slavin had five catches on Saturday and the majority of them were consecutive. Every camp you have a guy that breaks out or at least plays up to his potential and that could be Slavin. He plays bigger than he is and also has plenty of agility. Rodriguez's offense have had decent passing attacks in the past, but guys like Slavin could make this season his best ever.

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