Chris Henry is gone. Gone is the staggering athleticism. Gone is the great potential. Gone may be a few headaches as well. The Wildcats headed into spring with a running back competition. Did they wrap it up?
The Wildcats played a number of first year players this season. From true freshmen to junior college transfers, there were plenty of guys making their collegiate debuts and a more than a few made an impact.
December 1, 2006
If the Arizona offense is going to succeed they need to get production from the running game. The Cats return only one running back who has a D-I carry, but have a host of talented players who have the potential to be pretty good, but have yet to prove anything.
All too often the summer is filled with bad stories about football players. In the past week one college and one NFL player were arrested for domestic abuse, while Pittsburg quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was in a terrible motorcycle accident. With all of this negative press it is refreshing to find out that three Wildcat football players thwarted a robbery near campus.
Arizona's second scrimmage of the spring was another mixed bad. In the end it was the first team offense and the first team defense that had the best days.
Running back may be the one position on the offense that has the most questions. The Cats lose their two top rushers and have a lot of youth in the backfield.
Terry Longbons came into Arizona with a lot of recruiting hype, but after suffering a shoulder injury he was largely forgotten by the Wildcat fan base. Now he is healthy and will be in the mix for the starting running back job.
January 30, 2006
The strength Wildcat offense appears to be the running backs. The Cats have three legitimately talented ball carriers and two freshmen who look like big time players down the line.