The Arizona Wildcats will release their injury report this afternoon and one name you can expect to see on it is junior safety Jared Tevis.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said last night after practice that Tevis is questionable with a knee injury he suffered against USC.
“He’s a tough guy and he’ll play through anything, but this one might be another week,” Rodriguez said.
Tevis has started the first five games of the season and leads the team with 36 tackles. He also has two pass breakups, one forced fumble and a sack.
Rodriguez declared him questionable, but it didn’t sound like he was overly optimistic the Canyon del Oro High School product would play.
If he has to sit out, sophomore Will Parks will start in his place. Parks has played in all five games this season, both on special teams and in the team’s nickel package. He has eight tackles and one pass breakup.
“He’s really athletic,” Rodriguez said of Parks. “He’s one of the most athletic guys on defense. If he wasn’t playing defensive back, he could probably play good time for us as a receiver. He’s still learning. He’s a young guy.”
While we wait on the injury report and on who the game captains for Utah will be, here are some links to check out.
• Greg Hansen, or "The Franchise" as we like to call him around here, wrote about Utah's maturity and experience today. A sampling: "Compared to the Utes, Arizona should be carded at the gate. The Wildcats have just four players who are 23, but three of them—Derrick Rainey, Eric Bender-Ramsey and Kylan Butler—usually don't play."
• Before he became a midseason All-American, Utah kicker Andy Phillips was a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Now, he's 11 for 11 on field goals and 27 for 27 on extra-point attempts. He'll be a weapon for the Utes this weekend at Arizona Stadium.
• The folks at the ESPN Pac-12 blog put together their midseason report for Arizona this week. Ka'Deem Carey is their offensive MVP and Tra'Mayne Bondurant is the defensive MVP.
• The Associated Press came down to Tucson this week for Rodriguez's weekly news conference and wrote about how the coach and the Wildcats are fighting through some inconsistency in the head man's second season in the desert.
• The USA Today put together its midseason All-American team and gave the nod at running back to Washington's Bishop Sankey and Baylor's Lache Seastruck over Ka'Deem Carey. ESPN also left Carey off its team.
• In the latest Athlon Sports bowl projections, the publication has Arizona playing in the Hawaii Bowl (!!) against Nevada. This beat writer would have no problem with that.
• Athlon has Arizona winning four of its next five games and finishing 7-5 in its second half projections.