Red zone offense

Cats backs thinking more about red zone than crimson-clad Cougs

2013-11-16T00:00:00Z 2013-11-16T11:15:42Z Cats backs thinking more about red zone than crimson-clad Cougs Arizona Daily Star

Over the past two games, Ka’Deem Carey has 60 carries.

Washington State, in its last two contests, has run the ball a total of 23 times.

“That’s crazy,” a smiling Carey said this week. “I feel for those running backs.”

Carey’s backup, senior Daniel Jenkins, transferred to Washington State for a couple months after last season before returning to Tucson for his final year of eligibility.

“I was talking to D.J. I said ‘D.J., I can’t believe you even went up there,’ ” Carey said laughing. “He laughed at it, too. I told him he made a good choice coming back.”

Jenkins moved to Pullman and planned on playing for the Cougars but never officially enrolled in classes.

He said this week he hadn’t thought much about his time at Washington State.

“I was there for a short time — it was only about a month, and I did meet some new people and make some new friends,” Jenkins said.

But the Washington State coaches don’t have to worry about Jenkins spilling any secrets to Arizona.

“I think the defensive coaches are doing a good job of watching film,” Jenkins said. “That’s their job, and I don’t think they need any help on that.”

What Carey and the UA offense could use some help on is its red zone offense.

After scoring on 25 of their first 28 red zone opportunities, the Wildcats are now seven for their last 10.

Carey was stuffed on fourth-and-two against Cal and then stopped on fourth-and-one last week against UCLA. The junior also fumbled on the goal line against the Bruins for the UA’s first red zone turnover of the year.

“When it comes to that goal line, you can see them put everybody in that box and line up and get into that stance,” Carey said. “We have to come off the line and be physical and give that extra push because we know what’s going to happen. We know what we’re going to run, they know what we’re going to run, so let’s just win that battle when it comes down to that.”

Carey actually had a little chat with the offensive line about winning those battles.

“It’s just bearing down and getting that push so you can get in the end zone,” Carey said.

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