Players to watch in Camp

Fall camp has arrived and the Arizona Wildcats football program is preparing for a season full of high expectations. The next few weeks of practice are going to be a good measuring stick for just how prepared the Wildcats are for the 2011 season.

Fall camp has arrived and the Arizona Wildcats football program is preparing for a season full of high expectations. The next few weeks of practice are going to be a good measuring stick for just how prepared the Wildcats are for the 2011 season.

Over the next few weeks there are several players to keep an eye on. Here are just a few.

Derek Earls

A lot of pressure is being put on the new linebackers to perform immediately, Earls had impressive highlight films from the JUCO level, but he is going to discover very quickly that the Pac-10 is a much different monster. If Earls can adjust quickly, there is no reason to believe he won't be a serviceable middle linebacker, but if it takes longer than anticipated to adjust it could be a rocky season for Earls.

He looked solid in spring and has been working throughout the offseason to prepare for the upcoming campaign so there isn't any reason to believe Earls will have a tough time transitioning.

Nic Grigsby

His health is the biggest concern for UA fans. Grigsby is electrifying when on the field and if he can stay there consistently, he will most likely have a huge year.

In many ways, Grigsby is the difference between a very good offense and a great offense. While there are viable replacements for his services, the Wildcats play at a totally different level when Grigsby is healthy. Many will be keeping a close eye on him during camp to see if he is physically ready for the season.

Taimi Tutogi

After an impressive showing in the spring, many are expecting to see more of the same from Tutogi. Over the last couple of years, UA has adjusted its spread offense based on the level of talent at each position. With Tutogi potentially bringing a whole new element to the offense, it should be interesting to see how he is utilized in the system.

Jack Baucus

Early word is that Baucus could give A.J. Simmons a serious run for his money for the starting tight end position. Baucus redshirted last year and appears to have utilized his time wisely as he appears to be in peak physical shape heading into fall camp.

In the spring game, many saw what he is capable of when he caught a 36-yard pass over the middle of the field and the hope is he eventually turns into a viable weapon on offense.

Sione Tuihalamaka

Tuihalamaka has taken advantage of an opportunity for playing time this offseason and currently stands as one of the starting defensive tackles. With both Donald Horton and Earl Mitchell gone, there is expected to be an intense competition in camp for the two jobs. As of right now, it appears it's Tuihalamaka's for the taking and if he continues on the path he is currently on, he could develop into a four-year starter in the middle.

Marquis Flowers

There has been talk of Flowers seeing significant time as a freshman. Whether or not that actually happens will be determined over the next few weeks. Flowers showed all of the talent in the world in high school, but everyone knows college is a completely different level.

If he takes the bull by the horns early, he could see substantial playing time in the secondary. At the very least, I would expect Flowers to get a similar role that Adam Hall received as a freshman and play a lot of special teams and spot duty at safety.

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