1. Chris Henry, Jr.
2. Xavier Smith, Fr.
3. Terry Longbons, Fr.
1. Brandon Lopez, So.
2. Robert Jones, Sr.
3. Eric Schlagel, So
2006 Spring Scrimmage Stats
*Chris Henry continued to wow people in practice sessions but did not necessarily show the same flash in scrimmage situations.
*Terry Longbons showed that he will be a factor in the battle for carries. Longbons showed great north/south ability.
*Brandon Lopez will be a key part of the offense, especially as a pass catcher.
*Arizona has three backs who can all take a hit, but all have different running styles.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW:
*With two fumbles in the three scrimmages, there is no guarantee that Henry's fumble problems are behind him.
*Can Xavier Smith become the consistent running threat that he showed last season when running with the scout team?
*Just who will win the tailback job? Frankly, any one of the running backs has a shot. Henry enters the fall as the leader, but there is no sure thing.
*Will Reed remain a FB? He has the speed and talent to be a linebacker and that could be his eventual destination.
*At least two other backs will get their share of carries. More than likely it will be Smith and another.
*Don't be shocked if Longbons is not used as a comb-back in the mold of a Gilbert Harris. He has the size to run inside and block and could be a nice weapon if he can be a reliable pass catching target.
*The running game will be better than last year, but still won't be a strength. The Cats will still score points on the arm of Tuitama, but they will run enough to take some pressure off of the young quarterback.
KASEY DUNN'S COMMENTS ON CHRIS HENRY: Until we get about halfway through the season I will hold onto all my comments He does a great job and I think he will be a great, great tailback.