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  • For the first time this season, Ka’Deem Carey is expected to be full-go tonight.

    The junior running back was suspended for the opener and didn’t enter last week’s game against UNLV until late in the first quarter.

    But tonight Carey should play early and often. And a formation that coach Rich Rodriguez has taken a liking to is Carey and senior running back Daniel Jenkins in the game at the same time.

    Carey and Jenkins were only in at the same time on a handful of plays last week at UNLV, but Carey has already given the two a nickname.

    “We call it thunder and lightning,” Carey said. “He’s the lightning, and I’m the thunder. I come with the boom, and he comes with the speed. We’re going to be a good combination this year. When we have me and him in the backfield, they can’t really key. If they key on him, I’m there. If they key on me, he’s there.”

    With or without Jenkins next to him, Carey is ready to build on his first performance of 2013, which saw him rush for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

    Last Saturday’s game marked the first time since the New Mexico Bowl that Carey was tackled. Arizona coaches kept Carey off-limits from defenders during spring drills and fall camp.

    “I was barely getting touched out there,” Carey said of the UNLV game. “I came out really healthy. I was really surprised, and I feel like it’s going to be a good year because of that. I kinda got nervous out there. It was the first time I got hit in a while.”

    Carey also said he expects defenses to come after him this year after he led the nation in rushing as a sophomore.

    “They’re going to look for me, especially these smaller teams,” Carey said. “Not that they’re bad or anything. They’re just looking for something like that where they can take off the head nacho.”

    By the way, Carey’s last five games have been ridiculously good. During that span, he has 1,087 yards, 12 touchdowns and is averaging 217.5 yards per contest.

  • UCLA will travel to Nebraska today with heavy hearts: Walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif., last weekend.

    UA coach Rich Rodriguez has never lost a player in his 20 years as a head coach, but he has endured some tragedy during his career.

    In his own words, Rodriguez took us through the tragedy:

    “In my first year of coaching at Salem (College), this is back when I was 24 years old, I had three guys involved in an automobile accident and one of them was paralyzed for life. That was a tough moment because I was one of the first ones to the hospital.

    “His name was Cisco Jeter and they were carting him to take him to surgery and the doctor, at the time, told him he was probably going to be paralyzed for life. And the kid, being the kind of kid he is, said ‘Well, I’m going to be in the Paralympics in four years’ — and he was. It’s a wonderful story, but it was a tragic thing at the time.”

    Jeter won a gold medal at the 1992 Paralympic Games.

  • Arizona and UTSA will meet for the first time today. So instead, we look back at the last time Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez and UTSA Larry Coker went up against each other.

    Date: Oct. 2, 2003

    What went down: Rodriguez’s Mountaineers traveled to Miami to play the 5-0 Hurricanes, ranked

    No. 2. The game, a nationally televised Thursday night ESPN game, was an instant classic.

    Miami freshman kicker Jon Peattie hit a 23-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to give the Hurricanes a 22-20 victory.

    How it read: We had to dig through The Associated Press archives to find something on this game, which is approaching its 10-year anniversary. Here’s what the wire service wrote:

    “The Mountaineers had one final chance with five seconds to play, but Sean Taylor intercepted Rasheed Marshall’s deep pass. Taylor started to run, then dropped to a knee, jumped up and heaved the ball into the air.

    “Miami won its 37th straight regular-season game and remained unbeaten heading into a showdown at No. 6 Florida State the next week. Barely.

    “You look back at all the national champions, and very seldom will they never have to dodge a bullet,” offensive tackle Eric Winston said. “We played badly, but we won.”

    Turning point: Four plays before Peattie’s game-winner, Miami QB Brock Berlin found tight end Kellen Winslow II on fourth-and-13 for 18 yards.

    Stats that matter: The 11 starters for the Miami defense combined to play in 14 Pro Bowls after their collegiate careers. That number could still climb. Vince Wilfork, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Meriweather, Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams are all still in the NFL.

    It’s history: Rodriguez’s WVU team went on to win its next seven games before losing to Maryland in the Gator Bowl to finish 8-5. Miami went 11-2 and finished the season ranked No. 5.

  • Jahmile Addae first met Rich Rodriguez as a high school senior in Tampa, Fla. The current UA head coach recruited Addae to West Virginia and planned on redshirting the defensive back his freshman season.

    Instead, Addae was forced into action in the team’s seventh game of the season against No. 1 Miami in 2001. Current UTSA coach Larry Coker was in his first year as head coach of the Hurricanes and led his team to a national title.

    On the way, they beat Rodriguez and Addae 45-3. After serving as a defensive graduate assistant at Michigan and West Virginia with Rodriguez and two seasons as the running backs coach at Cincinnati, Addae rejoined Rodriguez’s staff before this season as the operations coordinator.

    We talked to him about his first collegiate game against Coker and Miami in 2001.

    On playing the No. 1 team in the country: “Being a Florida guy, it was a surreal day. Watching some of the things that program did, it was almost a dream come true. Being thrown into the fire is always a little unsettling and doing it against the No. 1 team in the country was definitely an experience you don’t forget. It set me up for the rest of my career. Once you get through it, nothing else should bother you. It went just as fast as it came.”

    On the week leading up to the game: “I didn’t know I was going to start. I was playing scout team running back. It shows you how quick it happened. On Tuesday, I knew there was a possibility I’d be traveling, but I didn’t have much time to really prepare. It worked out as a positive. I don’t know if I would have showed up for the team bus had I known.”

    On returning to work with Rodriguez and several of his former assistant coaches: “This is my crew. They are the reason I’ve had success on and off the field. Coach (Jeff) Casteel was the defensive coordinator, and he gave me my first job as a graduate assistant at West Virginia. Coach (Calvin) Magee was like my dad away from home. He recruited me and took me under his wing at West Virginia and helped me in my pro career. Rod Smith was there when I was a young coach and really mentored me. Coach (Bill) Kirelawich was my academic adviser as a player and used to punish me for missing class. And I was a part of Coach Rodriguez’s first class at West Virginia. These guys are very special to me.”

  • Arizona and UTSA have never played before, but Arizona is no stranger to Texas — or San Antonio, even. The Wildcats played in the Alamodome, UTSA’s home stadium, in the 2010 Alamo Bowl. (Oklahoma State won 36-10.) Here’s a by-the-numbers look at how Arizona has fared against Texas-based schools:


    Arizona’s all-time record against Texas schools, including Baylor, Hardin-Simmons, Houston, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and UTEP.


    Number of wins coming against UTEP alone. The Wildcats have gone 38-11-2 against the Miners in a series that began in 1916.


    Arizona’s record against all other Texas opponents. The Wildcats are 4-25-2 all-time against Texas Tech, and have a winning record against just two other Texas opponents: North Texas, at 1-0, and Stephen

    F. Austin, at 1-0.

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