Arizona Wildcats football: Speedy WR Wharton gets call, makes most of it

2012-10-24T20:00:00Z 2012-10-24T21:45:30Z Arizona Wildcats football: Speedy WR Wharton gets call, makes most of itBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 24, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

The story will be sanitized over time, cleaned up when Garic Wharton tells it to his friends and family in Las Vegas, and — eventually — to his own kids and grandkids.

What’s a tiny detail worth, anyway?

Wharton caught a career-high three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown the UA’s 52-17 win over Washington last week, a breakout performance that was as unlikely — and unexpected — as any on the team this year. His 33-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Matt Scott was a thing of beauty, a fourth-and-3 conversion that became with a cut and a dash, arguably, the most electrifying offensive highlight of the game.

Except that, well … 

“He ran the wrong route,” Scott said with a smile. “He was supposed to go deep, I guess, but he ended up finding his way there.”

Found his way. There’s no better way to explain how the 5-foot-11-inch, 164-pound Wharton has gone from scout team to possible starter in a matter of weeks.

The speedy sophomore figures to play a lot at slot receiver when the Wildcats host No. 10 USC Saturday night at Arizona Stadium. The game will pose the latest big test for the Wildcats (4-3 overall, 1-3 Pac-12), who are looking to finish the 2012 season on a winning note.

Read more about Wharton in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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