Post OSU thoughts

There are a lot of random thoughts running through my head after the Wildcats' loss to Oregon State, so let's just tackle them tidbits style.

I don't have a problem with Arizona losing to Oregon State. Frankly, they have pretty comparative talent. My problem is how they lost to the Beavers. The Beavers dominated the Wildcats in the first half. While a loss on the road to the Beavers is nothing to be ashamed of, there is no way OSU should dominate the Wildcats.

Even worse, the Beavers tried to give the game away. After Antoine Cason returned an interception for a touchdown the Beavers were ripe for the taking. This is a team that has given a number of games away this season and their confidence was shaken. If the Cats could have scored a touchdown on their first possession of the second half they could have gotten back in the game. Instead they settled for a field goal and never really challenged the Beavers.

If shaken confidence was not enough, the Oregon State game plan got ultra conservative. They seemed content to start running out the clock at the start of the second half. The Arizona defense did a good job, but OSU's offense was essentially trying to milk the clock for the final 30:00. They left the door open for the Wildcats and could not take advantage...

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Again the Wildcats started slow. Without the benefit of television it is tough to say if they lacked motivation or if the Beavers were just perfectly prepared. Either way, the Wildcats' slow starts have doomed them. They aren't talented enough at this point to spot a team 2-3 scores…

There has been radio and message board chatter wondering if Willie Tuitama should be replaced. To me this is a ridiculous proposition. He is the best option for the team at this time. While Kris Heavner and Bryson Beirne have some intriguing skills, they are not ready to lead this team. Next year the Cats may want to open the job up to a competition, but for now Tuitama is the only quarterback who gives the Cats a realistic chance to win games this season.

Tuitama had a bad game against the Beavers, but players who didn't were few and far between. Against WSU Tuitama had the best game of his career and is probably two games away from breaking the school single season touchdown record. All told he is playing well, but there is obviously room for improvement…

The tragic accident that befell Chandler TE prospect Dion Jordan was terrible. A "mini explosion" burned large parts of his body and he will be in the hospital for at least a month. He was a heck of a player and a nice kid… The de-commitment of Gerrell Robinson is a blow, but not unexpected. He has been telling his high school coaches for some time that he has been pondering it. While it is not good news, the Wildcats are truly not out of it. He and his family love the school and if the football situation stabilizes he could recommit. If things don't turn around and the program remains at a cross roads, then he will play elsewhere…

There is no doubt that the team has upgraded the talent level since Stoops took over, I am not sure they have enough "players". To paraphrase Dick Tomey, this team needs a few "Joes".

There are not enough guys who are "gamers". There aren't enough Spencer Larsens or Antoine Cason's on this team. We heard that Michael Klyce lacked the athleticism of some of the other safety prospects. However, Klyce just has a knack for being around the ball. Ricky Elmore may not have the size and speed of Louis Holmes, but he just makes plays. The Cats need to find a few more guys like that. Guys who may not have the best 40 times or can bench the most, but guys who just make plays… The Cats probably cannot win enough games to get to a bowl game, but they can still win games. At least physically. Mentally I wonder what they will be able to do? Word is that the mood around the team after the game was not good. Teams like Stanford, Washington and UCLA are beatable, but they are also just as capable of beating the Wildcats by three touchdowns. The teams has to get just as right mentally as they do physically…


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