Arizona Wildcats football: Report card for UTSA game

2013-09-15T01:54:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: Report card for UTSA gameDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 15, 2013 1:54 am  • 

The UA’s report card for its 38-13 home win over UTSA.

Offense

Quarterbacks

B: B.J. Denker had his best performance of the season against UTSA. He was 14 for 21 for 158 yards and threw a touchdown on the team’s opening drive of the game. His 14 completions were just three short of his total from the first two games combined. He also added 90 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The senior continues to make smart decisions and has just one turnover (a fumble) in three games. He still missed a few throws and said he knows he has to continue to improve.

Running backs:

B: Ka’Deem Carey was a full participant for the first time this season and made it count. He finished with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. His 4.7 yards per carry average is a tad low for an opponent like UTSA and the junior got a lot of his yards late as the Roadrunners defense was wearing down. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in the first half. Senior Daniel Jenkins had a quiet game with 21 yards on six carries.

Wide receivers:

B-: Samajie Grant finished with a team-high five catches and had 48 yards and a touchdown. But, four of those catches and 46 yards came on the first drive. Still, he was a valuable target for Denker on the opening drive and got the Arizona offense rolling. Garic Wharton had 57 yards and caught a 24-yard pass from Denker. The receivers weren’t brilliant, but they also didn’t have any bad drops.

Offensive line:

C+: We’re mostly going off Rich Rodriguez’s assessment after the game that he didn’t think this group was very good. The UA gained more than 400 yards of total offense and had 264 yards on the ground. But Rodriguez felt the line should have had an easier time against a smaller UTSA defensive front. It didn’t help that right tackle Fabbians Ebbele suffered an injury (appeared to be a leg issue) and only played limited snaps in the first half and none in the second half.

Defense

Front six:

B: UTSA had just 102 rushing yards on 29 carries and other than a 42-yard run from David Glasco II, the Roadrunners didn’t have much room to run. Quarterback Eric Soza was sacked just once, but was hurried a lot and wasn’t incredibly effective. Freshman linebacker Scooby Wright continues to be active for the UA. He had six tackles, including one for a loss. Defensive end Reggie Gilbert forced his second fumble of the season.

Back five:

B+: Soza finished with 277 yards, but didn’t throw a touchdown. He had a couple of nice gainers, but didn’t pick apart the UA secondary by any stretch. Jourdon Grandon had six tackles, an interception and a forced fumble before leaving the game with an injury in the second half. Rodriguez wasn’t sure of his status postgame. Tra’Mayne Bondurant’s strong season continued. He had eight tackles—one for a loss—and had three pass breakups.

Special teams

A-: Jake Smith is still perfect on extra points this season and connected on his only field goal try of the game—a 23-yarder. He also had five touchbacks on seven kickoffs. Punter Drew Riggleman was also solid, averaging 45.8 yards per punt and landing three of his four punts inside UTSA’s 20-yard line. The only thing that lowers this to an A- is the return game. It wasn’t bad, just very average.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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