A Look At The Offense

There are lots of things to improve for the Wildcats in spring ball. The offense may be number one. Last year the Wildcat offense struggled, but there were glimpses of something special.

PPG: 14.9
YPG: 288.9

Pac-10 ranks:
Scoring: 9th
Rushing: 7th
Passing: 10th
Total: 10th

National Ranks:
Scoring: 116th
Rushing: 93rd
Passing: 98th
Total: 112th

BIGGEST STORY: The Cats basically have no quarterbacks. Richard Kovalcheck is out after back surgery and that leaves Adam Austin as the only scholarship passer on the roster. The former walk-on will get a lot of reps.

TOUGHEST BATTLE: There will be a ton of competition on the offensive line. Only two spots look sewn up and there are a lot of bodies competing for spots.

BIGGEST LOSS: Although Brandon Phillips and Chris Johnson will be missed, the Cats will miss the leadership and stability of Keoki Fraser.

KEEP AN EYE ON: B.J. Vickers. The JC transfer is the type of big, physical receiver the Wildcats have never had. Offensive coordinator Mike Canales says Vickers may have just added 100 yards of total offense to the unit.

REDSHIRT TO REMEMBER: WR Bobby McCoy. He could have played a year ago, but will be better this year because of his redshirt.

NEEDS TO STEP UP: WR Mike Jefferson. He shows glimpses of being special, but has failed to be consistent. Biren Ealy is gone, so now the El Paso native will be given a chance to shine.

LACK OF EXPERIENCE: The Wildcats have just one tight end on the roster who has caught a D-I pass. Brad Wood had seven catches for 48 yards a year ago. JC transfer Brandyn McCall looks to have the upper hand for a starting spot.

WISH YOU WERE HERE: OL Adam Hawes. The JC transfer won't be here until the summer, but should be the starter for the opener.

CatTracks.net spring ball depth chart: QB Adam Austin, So.
RB Mike Bell, Sr.
FB Pedro Limon, Sr.
WR Syndric Steptoe, Jr.
WR B.J. Vickers, Jr.
TE Brandyn McCall, Jr.
OT Peter Graniello, So.
OT Tanner Bell, Sr.
C Kili Lefotu, Sr.
OG Brad Brittain, Sr./Joe Longacre, Fr.
OG John Abramo, Sr.

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