Spring Practice: Five battles to watch

Arizona starts spring practice on Wednesday and there are some intriguing position battles to watch. Here are our thoughts on the five biggest.

Arizona starts spring practice on Wednesday and there are some intriguing position battles to watch. Here are our thoughts on the five biggest.

5. Cornerback: Trevin Wade vs. Robert Golden vs. Marcus Benjamin

Odds: Wade 45%, Golden 35%, Benjamin 20%

Analysis: This should be a very fun competition. Wade is the player to beat heading into spring.

4. Safety: Joseph Perkins vs. Adam Hall vs. Robert Golden vs. Corey Hall vs. Anthony Wilcox

Odds: Adam Hall 31%, Perkins 29%, Golden 20%, Corey Hall 10%, Wilcox 10%

Analysis: Some clarification necessary. Hall, Perkins and Wilcox are currently slated to do battle for the spot. However, UA coaches could opt to put Golden at safety, or they could move Corey Hall there and place Golden at nickelback, Corey Hall's current position. We like Adam Hall winning out.

3. Defensive End: Ricky Elmore vs. D'Aundre Reed vs. Apaiata Tuihalamaka vs. Scott Smith

Odds: Elmore 30%, Reed 30%, Tuihalamaka 15%, Smith 15%

Analysis: Who will start opposite Brooks Reed? Four Wildcats have the best chance, with Elmore and Reed being the two to watch.

2. Offensive Tackle: Adam Grant vs. Phillip Garcia vs. Trace Biskin vs. Jack Julsing vs. Shane Zink for both tackle positions

Odds: Grant 50%, Garcia 15%, Biskin 15%, Julsing 7%, Zink 3%

Analysis: Five players for two spots. Grant should definitely get one of them, but after that it's anyone's guess.

1. Quarterback: Matt Scott vs. Nick Foles

Odds: Scott 50%, Foles 50%

Analysis: No one knows that to expect, as people inside the UA football program on torn on who they think will win this battle. Scott is all speed, Foles has the work ethic. This will be the battle to watch, no doubt.

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