Grid Notes: Sept 5

The Wildcats are now 1-0, beating a solid BYU team. Now things get even more difficult as the Cats head out on the road to LSU. There is little time to bask in the glow of the win as they have to take on a top-10 team in their home turf.

INJURY SITUATION
Mike Stoops said the team should be 100% heading into the LSU game. The only concern is the ankle of Mike Thomas that kept the sophomore receiver out of the second half of the BYU game. Thomas tried to talk his way back into the game, but the coaches wanted to play it safe.

YOUNG GUNS
Three true freshmen made their Wildcat debuts on Saturday. Cam Nelson, Devin Ross and Earl Mitchell all saw the field. Surprisingly enough freshmen receivers Terrell Turner and Terrell Reese did not play. Stoops said that the game "did not dictate" playing the two. There is no indication if they will play against LSU, but they are certainly in the plans for the Cats this season.

PUNTING
It looks as if Nick Folk will continue to punt for the Wildcats, but that is not the long term plan for the season. He replaced Kyle McQuown after just two punts when McQuown failed to get four seconds of hang time on his kicks.

UNIFORMS
LSU is one of the rare teams that wear white at home. Because of this the Cats will wear their dark home uniforms. They did not say whether they would wear the red or the blue.

TIME CHANGE
Under Stoops the Cats have not played a game more than one timezone away. Baton Rouge is two hours ahead. Stoops indicated that the Cats would try to keep their normal sleeping schedule.

THIRD TIME IS A CHARM?
The Cats are 0-2 against LSU. They traveled to Baton Rouge in 1984 and lost 27-26. The Cats were blown out, 59-13.

FAST START:
The Cats are 1-0 for the second time in the Mike Stoops era. They beat NAU in his debut, but lost last year at Utah.

Willie Tuitama is now 3-2 as a starter.

HOMECOMING:
Arizona has a number of players from the Houston area, and Stoops said he expects most, if not all, of them to have family in the stands. It is about a four hour drive from Houston to Baton Rouge. One Wildcat, linebacker James Alford, is from Louisiana.


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