Denker realizes challenge of defeating Oregon

B.J. Denker knows that Oregon will bring a major challenge on Saturday. Read on to see what he says about its defense, why Arizona's offense sometimes struggles, and more.

Arizona may be bowl eligible, but B.J. Denker has yet to look at the projections, as long as he knows that the Wildcats will get to play one extra game.

"I don't care where we go as long as we get another game, have another week or month of practice with my teammates," Denker said. "That's all that matters."

As far as Denker is concerned, he does not want to leave Arizona's bowl status up in the air and a win over Oregon would avoid that.

In order to defeat Oregon, Arizona has to contest with an aggressive defense that Denker gives a lot of credit to.

"They're fast," Denker said. "They try and disguise and they disguise very well. Sometimes you have no idea what coverage they are in, what they are doing and why they are doing it. They get to their responsibility and it works. They are big, fast, and physical."

Stanford was able to defeat Oregon by limiting its time of possession, but Denker does not see that as a possibility for Arizona.

"I don't think we have ever talked about that," he said. "I think that would be more harm than good. We play well when we go fast. Yeah, they go fast too, but I feel like that is our philosophy, that is our way of life and I wouldn't expect us to slow down at all."

Some defenses have had success against Arizona this season, but Denker feels that success is more of Arizona failing to execute.

"I feel like it's us," he said. "Sometimes we just shoot ourselves in the foot. Whether that is running the wrong route or missing a block assignment, making a wrong read on my part, most of the time it's on us.

"That's the most frustrating part, because we're doing it and the defense is not. Also, it is probably the best thing because if we fix it we can get on track."

Oregon is likely going to score plenty of points this weekend, but the offense does not enter a game thinking that it will need to score a certain amount in order to win.

"We're completely confident in our defense," Denker said. "Our defense has been playing great all year. We just focus on trying to put points on the board and giving them some rest, giving them some breathing room and not forcing them to make a stop just so we can get back in the game. We are focused on ourselves and the defense will take care of themselves too."

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