Arizona vs. UCLA: Game Notes

With Arizona's dominating win over UCLA on Saturday came a large amount of tidbits. Here are our thoughts and some other interesting information generated from the game:

With Arizona's dominating win over UCLA on Saturday came a large amount of tidbits. Here are our thoughts and some other interesting information generated from the game:

  • It turns out that Xavier Smith really is ahead of Keola Antolin on the depth chart. Many believed it was just a ploy by the coaching staff, but Smith must have done enough in practice to earn the second string job.

    Antolin is going to get playing time eventually, but it seems that Smith is going to make it hard on him. If Smith can play a handful of carries a game, the UA will be in a good situation.

  • Blake Kerley's injury is a loss, but not as big as some may think. The coaching staff has been impressed with Mike Diaz and Vaughn Dotsy and, if anything, it now gives the staff an excuse to play them. This is not to say that Kerley is not good, because he is. However, there may be other options that are actually better.

  • It is time to begin the talk of Mike Thomas being the best receiver in Arizona history. Spare me the talk of him being a system receiver, because he is not. Thomas has proven he is right on par with Dennis Northcutt and Bobby Wade and, by the end of the season, he will be better than both statistically speaking.

  • UCLA is one bad football team, but that should not take anything away from Arizona's effort. The Wildcats had a gameplan and stuck too it, making life miserable for Kevin Craft and company. For all we hear about how good the UCLA coaching staff is, there was not one adjustment on Saturday.

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