Jenkins ready for league play

Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins has seen quite a bit of action so far this season. Read on to find out what Jenkins thinks of the offense so far, thoughts on Washington, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats have been having tremendous success with their offense in the first three games of the season, as they have focused their attack on the ground during the non-conference slate.

Recently, Arizona had a bye week before heading into its first Pac-12 game against Washington. The Wildcats used the time to their advantage and spent a few extra practices focusing on the Huskies.

"Everything is going pretty well with practice," Jenkins said. "We got a couple good days in and really got to focus on Washington for an extended period of time.

"It was good for a couple of our guys to take a weekend off and get off their legs and rest up. We actually got to relax a little bit."

The offense has been studying Washington's defense and has been practicing accordingly.

"They are giving us a different look than we have seen all year," Jenkins said about Washington. "They run a Steeler front and they will be matching up with us a little differently. I think if we execute and follow our fundamentals, we will do fine."

Arizona was tested in non-conference play, but hasn't played anyone that is close to the caliber of the Washington. So far, the Wildcats have passed all their tests.

"Fortunately, we are 3-0 right now, so I think everything is going good so far," he said. "The offense has been working pretty well and we haven't had any struggles when it comes to points. The defense has also done a great job stopping the other team."

Jenkins started the season as the starting running back due to Ka'Deem Carey's suspension. However, since then, the two players have worked together on the field.

"I think Ka'Deem and I are going to keep each other healthy down the stretch," Jenkins said. "Sharing the load takes a lot off of our legs and we get tackled less. I also think we are both capable of making all the reads and cuts out there on the field."

Even though both backs are capable of running the ball in a multitude of ways, each one believes that they have their own style to bring to the game. It has even sparked nicknames for the duo.

"Ka'Deem is ‘Thunder' and I'm ‘Lightning'," Jenkins said. "There's no real story behind it. It's just our styles of play. We can both run both ways.

"He just prefers to be the power straight up the middle guy. I am more of the speed around the edge type of threat."

During the UTSA game, Arizona showed a new formation, which was a two-back set with Jenkins and Carey flanked on either side of quarterback B.J. Denker. It is a formation that may be seen a lot more this season and for good reasons.

"Hopefully, we can see more of the two-back set," he said. "It was fun to get out there with Ka'Deem and hopefully we can use it more against Washington. If we are both out there, they have to watch out for both of us.

"They can't just load it all up on one side. They have to spread it out and respect both of us and B.J. as well."

Jenkins is also a key member of another offensive wrinkle that the Wildcats have not shown much of, which includes one of the backs lining up at receiver.

"The coaches know what they are doing at all times and hopefully they will trust me enough to put me out there if they ever need me to go wide," Jenkins said. "It's not a special package or anything. I know the slot receiver spot and all the plays.

"I know pretty much all of the offense in depth and I have been taught the slot receiver position as well as the running back spot. I've been working at it since the beginning of the summer."

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