Pettinato looking to make an impact

Dan Pettinato has seen his role slowly increase this season. Read on for his thoughts on Oregon State, the coaching staff, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats have moved on from last weekend's loss to Oregon and now have full attention on Oregon State this Saturday.

Arizona defensive end Dan Pettinato says that the Wildcats did not think about the Oregon loss too much in order to prepare for Saturday's game.

"That's something we really take to heart because we can't dwell on stuff like that," Pettinato said. "It already happened last week, so we just try to move on to the next week."

The new coaching staff has been something that has benefitted Pettinato so far this season.

"I think it's been big for me because the coaches we have are really personal with you and really try to teach us and they care about us," he said.

Pettinato says the team has been working hard all week and continues to focus on turning some things around.

The Wildcats' defense will face two of the Pac-12's top receivers this weekend in Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton, but that high-caliber duo is nothing knew to Dan Pettinato.

"They're good players," he said. "They're like the Rodgers brothers. We've seen players like them before."

Aside from practice, the team's players and coaches spend a lot of time together watching film and off that develop strategies to out-play their opponents.

Arizona will strive to beat Oregon State this Saturday in Tucson, something that has not been done in five consecutive games at home since 1997.

What would it mean for the Wildcats to win this weekend?

"It would mean a lot," Pettinato said. "Any win would mean a lot, but trying to break a streak like that would be real nice."

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