What fall camp has taught us

Arizona has roughly a week of Fall Camp under its belt and there are already several newsworthy topics that have developed over the past week to discuss. From practice ending fights to freshmen that are surprising, the first week has been an exciting week of news for UA football.

Arizona has roughly a week of Fall Camp under its belt and there are already several newsworthy topics that have developed over the past week to discuss. From practice ending fights to freshmen that are surprising, the first week has been an exciting week of news for UA football.

Here is what I have learned thus far.

The quarterbacks have improved significantly.

Last season, both quarterbacks looked a bit lost at the beginning of Fall Camp and it was an area of serious concern for Wildcat fans. Matt Scott ultimately won the job in preseason, but lost it in the regular season and opened the door for Nick Foles.

Now with quarterback coach Frank Scelfo working with both Foles and Scott, it is obvious the two have benefited from having a specific position coach working with them on a daily basis.

Both have displayed improved accuracy and quicker decision making; in Scott's case, he is testing his arm more often this Fall Camp. Arizona is in good shape here.

The young defensive backs are very talented

This could be Mike Stoops' best class of defensive backs. Marquis Flowers, Shaquille Richardson and several others have stepped right in and looked like serious players from the first practice. UA may have lost Mark Stoops, but the secondary seems to be developing just fine without him.

The defensive line has the potential to be one of the best in the Pac-10

Both Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed have virtually had their way with UA's offensive line. What's even more encouraging is the play of Lolomana Mikaele and Sione Tuihalamaka in camp. Both have impressed and in Tuihalamaka's case there is potential to see him as a four-year starter. Whether or not he keeps performing is to be determined, but for now, UA doesn't look like it will take a step back despite losing both starting defensive tackles from last year's roster.

The defense will look a little different

While there will be the same scheme, expect the defense to look different in 2010. There is a lot more versatility on the field and the play-calling looks less vanilla. Whether the staff is just attempting different styles to see what works or implementing a more creative version of its defense will be figured out in the season. Either way, I don't think you will see the same things with Tim Kish and Greg Brown as you saw with mark Stoops.

The linebackers still need a lot of work

Outside of Jake Fischer – who has been one of the more consistent performers in practice – this group has been up and down. Derek Earls shows tremendous potential and has made a few big plays already, but it's obvious he is still adjusting to the new level of football.

Trevor Erno had one of the biggest hits of camp, but other than that, there hasn't been much else from him. Paul Vassallo can tackle, but he is adjusting to the speed of his teammates and could get pushed by someone like R.J. Young.

A receiver must step up

There is a ton of talent and depth at wideout but there doesn't seem to be a player outside of Travis Cobb that is taking full advantage of the opportunity. David Douglas looks solid and could start as well, but he has to continue to improve and perform at a high level on a consistent basis to be a successful Pac-10 player.

David Roberts has been quiet in camp, as has Bug Wright. Gino Crump shows flashes of being a very good receiver, but he has had moments where he has struggled as well. Arizona needs someone to step up opposite of Juron Criner for the spread to work.

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