Tuesday Tidbits

Rob Gronkowski is the only true freshman assured of playing against BYU. Although he is not listed on the two-deep depth chart at tight end, Mike Stoops announced he will play and if fall camp is any indication, expect Gronkowski to get his touches.

The only other true freshman who could get playing time this week is Kaniella Tuipulotu. The big defensive tackle is good enough to play right now, but may not be needed with the veterans in front of him.

Mike Stoops mentioned that Nic Grigsby would be in the mix for playing time but he was still being held up by the NCAA Clearinghouse…

The Clearinghouse is getting to be a joke. Pulling kids from practice after they had already been tentatively cleared is just stupid and hurts the kids, the team and college football. College football is multi-BILLION dollar industry, if they can't get enough folks to staff the Clearinghouse, the hire some more. Team after team, player after player has been held up, usually after they have joined the team, only to get sidelined in the middle of camp.

Note to NCAA: Hire more people and get this done in July!...

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Although only 2-3 true freshmen will likely play this season, that is not to say that the freshman class is not talented. Trevin Wade was a real standout in camp, but with the veterans ahead of him, the Cats could have the luxury to redshirt the young cornerback. The three young wide receivers, especially Devin Veal and David Roberts, all had solid camps and if the older players ahead of them don't produce early, then the young guys could see the field…

A few newcomers should play. Marquis Hundley and Derrick Barkum are both listed on the two-deep depth chart…

Also, expect a host of players to get their first action of their college careers against BYU. Delashaun Dean, A.J. Simmons, D'Aundre Reed, Corey Elmore, Mana Mikaele and Nate Ness should all see action. There could also be as many as three first-time offensive linemen getting into the game in a reserve role.

However, no newcomers will have more eyes on them than kicker Jason Bondzio and Keenyn Crier. Both have huge pressure to help replace Nick Folk

It was announced that Antoine Cason will run back punts and Devin Ross will return kick offs. Mike Thomas will back both of them up. Although people find the Cason move questionable, they forget that guys like Darrell Lewis and Chris McAllister ran back kicks. I can't remember too many returners getting seriously hurt running back kicks…

Let's look back to last week's commitment of Abdul Gaddy to the basketball team. While Wildcat fans are happy to land a talented 2009 PG, I am not sure they are properly enthused. He only started getting hype at the end of the summer. My prediction is that a year from now it will look like a much more significant pick-up…

BYU players have been talking a little smack about Saturday's game. Uh, okay. Why would you do that in a game that is essentially a toss-up. I know BYU is upset they lost last year and would love to notch a huge win for the Mountain West against the Pac-10, but I just don't know why you run your mouth.

I am especially puzzled why you would talk trash about Antoine Cason. The level headed senior is not going to get taken out of his game by a little chatter, but you can bet it will motivate him. There is a reason Cason is a preseason All-American candidate…

Mike Thomas needs just 216 yards to pass Syndric Steptoe and crack the UA's career top-10 list in receiving yards...


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