Utah Offensive Preview

Arizona will welcome the Utah Utes to town on Saturday night. The Wildcats will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid. Read on to find out about Utah's offense, including Travis Wilson's numbers, how balanced the attack is, and more.

On Saturday night, Arizona will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak against the Utah Utes. It won't be easy, as the Utes are coming off a huge win over Stanford and will be traveling out of the state of Utah for the first time all season.

The Utes will bring the most powerful offense that Arizona Stadium has seen this season, averaging 37 points a game with a balanced attack.

Utah averages 277.7 yards per season through the air and is led by sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson. Although he has over a season's worth of experience under his belt, Wilson still has a lot to learn.

He has completed 119 of 193 passes for 1,640 yards on the year. He has thrown thirteen touchdowns, but has also thrown ten interceptions, although six of them came against UCLA in a seven-point loss.

The signal caller has been effective throwing to his two favorite targets, Dres Anderson and Sean Fitzgerald. Anderson has caught five of Wilson's touchdown passes this season and has been the most effective receiver on the team, averaging 98.7 receiving yards per game.

Fitzgerald has also been an effective receiving target, gaining 49.3 yards per game through the air. He has caught twenty catches this year for a total of 296 yards, but has an 80-yard touchdown catch as well.

Wilson has also found Bubba Poole with 22 passes in the first half of the season for Utah. He is only averaging 8.9 yards per catch, but it adds up as he is gaining 32.5 yards per game through the air.

Poole is also the team's leading rusher. He has carried the ball 85 times this year for a total of 441 yards. He is averaging 73.5 yards per game, but is splitting his carries with Lucky Radley and Kelvin York. Poole has just a single rushing touchdown this season, though Radley has two and York had one of his own.

York has more carries (34) than Radley (25), but has fewer yards to show for it. York has just 130 yards on the season, while Radley has 168.

However, York and Radley are not even close to being the team's second best rusher. The quarterback, Wilson, has carried the ball 48 times this year, counting sacks, and leads the team in rushing touchdowns, with five. He is also the team's second leading rusher with 283 total yards and 47.2 per game.

The Utes have done an incredible job up front, which has allowed the offense to flourish. The front five is led by three upperclassmen with plenty of experience. Vyncent Jones, a senior, anchors the center of the line, with Jeremiah Tofaeono and Junior Salt at the two guard positions. The two tackle spots are where Utah is youngest, with sophomores Jeremiah Poutasi and Siaosi Aiono getting the starts there.

If Arizona expects to show up and battle for a win on Saturday night, it will need to play a well balanced game and shut down some of the heavy hitters for the Utes.

It won't be easy, but if the defense can recover from two straight slow starts, then the Wildcats may have a chance to pull off the victory at home.

Players to watch:

#7- QB, Travis Wilson: The signal caller is only a sophomore and shows signs of his age at times. He has played decently throughout the season, but also had an incredibly bad game in which he threw six interceptions in a loss against UCLA. The Wildcats will need to get in his head early if they want to come away with the win.

#34- RB, Bubba Poole: The sophomore out of Las Vegas has been the featured back for the Utes this year. He is the leading rusher and the team's second leading receiver. While Poole isn't quite the threat that Ka'Deem Carey is, the running back is just as important to the Utah offense.

#6- WR, Dres Anderson: Probably the biggest threat on the Utah offense, Anderson will give the Wildcats a run for their money after the performance that Arizona showed against USC. The junior has five touchdowns on the year and could add to that if the secondary doesn't start the game with a high intensity level.

#83- WR, Sean Fitzgerald: In addition to Anderson, Fitzgerald will be a player that the Wildcats need to keep a close eye on. He has big play capability and touts three touchdowns on the season. The senior could have a big game if he is overlooked.

Keys to the game:

1. Pressure Wilson: The quarterback hasn't been good under pressure this season so far. He has made plenty of bad decisions and poor throws, but has had a majority of his mistakes come on bad luck. Arizona will need to hope for some bad luck and help by forcing him to make quick decisions on the run.

2. Play for the win: It may sound silly, but it felt that wasn't the case against USC. Arizona needs to come out with the necessary intensity to win and be aggressive as well.

3. Win the turnover battle: The Wildcats didn't have a single turnover against USC, but didn't force any either. A single interception or fumble recovery could change the game for Arizona.


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