November 1, 2013
Behind Enemy Lines: Arizona writer on Cal game
Cal faces Arizona on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and to help us preview the Wildcats we snagged some time with Tracy McDannald from our Rivals sister site GoAZCats.com. Here's Tracy's take on some burning questions for Bears fans...
1. Is there any way Ka'Deem Carey doesn't set a career high rushing record against this Cal defense?
McDannald: It really comes down to how often Carey is rushing the ball as opposed to quarterback B.J. Denker, who was just short of 200 rushing yards himself last week at Colorado.
Either way it is a potent rushing attack, and there is even depth behind Carey, if needed. The team is now in the midst of a stretch without a bye week for the rest of the season so it will be interesting to track how the junior is used as the game goes on.
The passing game also has evolved of late so that could take away from Carey's production.
But the nation's leading rusher should have another typical day, as he's just a 100-yard rushing performance shy of setting an Arizona record for consecutive games above the century mark. His streak is at 10 games.
2. The 'Zona defense only has nine sacks, is that surprising or does it seem about right? Have they faced an offensive lines as young as Cal's?
McDannald: The defense is not so much one that will rack up stats, particularly when the 3-3-5 stack has just three down linemen. That said, the linebackers are the key to the defense and are the ones most active in the sacks category.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez said he would like to create more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Last week facing another true freshman in Sefo Liufau, the defense did little to bother him in the first half before picking it up after halftime.
As far as the youth of opposing offensive lines go, the youngest Arizona has faced this season are Northern Arizona (two redshirt freshmen), UNLV (two sophomores), USC (a redshirt freshman and sophomore) and Utah (two sophomores). But never have they seen a line mostly void of upperclassmen.
3. How good is this secondary really? How do you think they approach containing Chris Harper, who's having an All-Pac-12 type of season? Have big-time WRs burned them at all this season?...
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