Back-up quarterback Nic Costa left the team on Monday, leaving the Cats with just two scholarship quarterbacks. Starter Kris Heavner will now be backed up by redshirt freshman Richard Kovalcheck. Kovalcheck has never taken a collegiate snap. Walk-on Adam Austin is the new No. 3 quarterback.
DT Paul Phillip injured his shoulder against UCLA and is listed as questionable for the Oregon game. He leaves the Wildcats with just two scholarship defensive tackles. Defensive end Lionel Dotson was moved to DT last week and will continue to play there this week.
DB Tony Wingate is expected to be back in action this week. He missed the second half against UCLA with a slight knee injury.
A week after calling Kris Heavner's performance just "average" Mike Stoops seemed much more pleased. He said that Heavner played "extremely well." He pointed to the fact that he threw downfield as effectively as he has all season.
In an effort to prepare for the raucous crowd at Autzen Stadium, the coaching staff will pump in crowd noise during Wednesday and Thursday's practice.
The Wildcat defense has held every single opponent to less yards than their season average, In fact Utah, Wisconsin and UCLA posted season lows against the Arizona defense. On average the five opponents are averaging 76.2 yards less against the Wildcats than they do on the season as a whole.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
With his 134 yards against UCLA, Mike Bell moved into 14th place on the Wildcat career rushing list. He passed David Eldridge with 1,664 yards. He is now just five yards behind Billy Johnson for 13th and 16 yards behind Don Beasley for 12th. After that is Vance Johnson with 1873 yards.
Kris Heavner had his string of 78 straight passes without an interception broken when he threw a pick in the final moments against UCLA.
The Cats are 0-2 in Pac-10 play. They opened the past three seasons a combined 0-16.
The Oregon offense got on track against a good Washington State defense. The Ducks put up over 600 yards against one of the better defenses in the Pac-10. In terms of comparison, the Wildcats gained just 263 yards against the Cougars.