Hot Sheet: Carey, Jenkins look to resume red-zone rumbles against WSU

In this week's Hot Sheet, Daniel Berk dishes on red zone falters, carries for all in the Wildcats backfield, how Arizona fared the last time against Washington State, the dread pirate Leach, Denker's shot at the 2,000/1,000 club and RichRod's search for ironmen.

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  • 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.

  • Date: Oct. 16, 2010

    What went down: Nick Foles went down with a knee injury, but Arizona turned to backup Matt Scott and its run game to pull out a 24-7 win in Pullman, Wash. Scott finished 14 for 20 for 139 yards and a pick after Foles started 6 for 7.

    How it read: Greg Hansen wrote that even though the UA left Pullman with a win, concerns lingered over Foles’ health. He wrote:

    “One by one, Foles hobbled down the eight steps and made his way through the chilly night. It made you wonder if Arizona’s football season has been similarly chilled. There was no happy chatter in the locker room; Mike Stoops was blunt. His team didn’t play well, and he lost his No. 1 quarterback until mid-November, maybe longer, maybe until 2011. But the last thing Stoops and his co-offensive coordinators, Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell, are going to do is to show worry and freak out the rest of the team and especially quarterback Matt Scott. And so they didn’t. It’s football,” said Arizona tri-captain and senior center Colin Baxter. “We’ll just be blocking for a different guy now.”

    If only it were that easy.

    Turning point: Leading 7-0 early in the second quarter, Arizona put together a 15-play, 95-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run from Keola Antolin. Nic Grigsby added another score in the third quarter, and Arizona led 21-0.

    Stats that matter: Arizona rushed for 142 yards on 47 carries, and Washington State was limited to 40 yards on 34 carries. Antolin finished with 92 yards on 21 carries, and Grigsby added 66.

    It’s history: The Wildcats won their next two games against Washington and UCLA, but then lost their last five games to finish 7-6. The Cougars lost four of their next five and finished the season 2-10.

  • Everyone has a Mike Leach story.

    Ours includes getting a 15-minute lecture on pirates back in July at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles.

    The Washington State coach certainly doesn’t lack personality. When you meet him, you remember him.

    UA coach Rich Rodriguez first met Leach when he was at West Virginia and Leach was at Texas Tech. Let Rodriguez tell the story:

    “Coaches and their spouses go on these apparel-sponsored trips. I got to hear some Mike Leach stories and hang out with him a little bit. I can’t hang out with him too long because he can go longer at night.

    “He’s like an owl I guess. The later it gets, the more energy he has. Maybe that’s good we’re playing an early game.

    “Mike’s a great guy. I’ve known him for a long time; he’s a funny guy. Mike is a pioneer in what he’s doing with that offense. It’s fun to watch him, if we didn’t have to play him. And he can talk to you about anything if you haven’t figured that out.

    “Mike will talk to you about sports, politics and everything else in between.

    “It’s good to have personalities around. I think it’s good in athletics in general. I’m as guilty as the next coach for using too much coachspeak. I don’t think Mike is too guilty of that.

    “I think it’s good to have personalities in sports, because that’s what it is in life.”

  • Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker could join the 2,000-yards-passing/1,000-yards-rushing club.

    In the history of college football, only fourteen quarterbacks have passed for 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 in the same season.

    Two of them — Clemson’s Woody Dantzler and Michigan’s Denard Robinson — did it with Rich Rodriguez calling plays.

    B.J. Denker has an outside shot at joining the very exclusive club. Arizona’s senior quarterback needs 355 rushing yards and 312 passing yards over the UA’s final four games of the season to join them. (And yes, we’re counting a bowl game here.)

    Woody DantzlerClemson20012,3601,004
    Brad SmithMissouri20022,3331,029
    Brad SmithMissouri20052,3041,301
    Vince YoungTexas20053,0361,050
    Dan LeFevourCentral Michigan20073,6521,122
    Joe WebbAlabama-Birmingham20082,3671,021
    Joe WebbAlabama-Birmingham20092,2291,427
    Colin KaepernickNevada20082,8491,130
    Colin KaepernickNevada20092,0521,183
    Dwight DasherMiddle Tennessee20092,7891,154
    Cameron NewtonAuburn20102,0381,297
    Denard RobinsonMichigan20102,2291,538
    Denard RobinsonMichigan20112,1731,176
    Chandler HarnishNorthern Illinois20113,2211,379
    Johnny ManzielTexas A&M20123,7061,410
    Taylor MartinezNebraska20122,8711,019
    Braxton MillerOhio State20122,0391,271
    Cody FajardoNevada20122,7861,121
    Jordan LynchNorthern Illinois20123,1381,815
    Jordan LynchNorthern Illinois20132,2161,273
  • So he wasn’t exactly Myles Jack, but UA freshman linebacker Derrick Turituri played one snap on offense last week against UCLA.

    Turituri was used as an extra blocker on a third-and-short situation. There’s a good chance you’ll see the Central Point, Ore., native on offense again this week.

    “He did OK,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said.

    “Because of the flow of the game, we didn’t get him in more, but we probably could have. Scooby Wright would also be a pretty good fullback.”

    Jack, a freshman linebacker for the Bruins, played some running back against Arizona last week and finished with 120 yards on six carries.

    Rodriguez said he wouldn’t be opposed to using some players both ways.

    “I could see in the future guys that played some wide receiver and maybe some DB in our SWAT or nickel packages and vice versa,” Rodriguez said. “We have to build that. We have to get some bigger guys that could hopefully play both ways, too.”

    One recruit who would certainly intrigue us is Salpointe Catholic standout and UA commit Cameron Denson.

    Denson, a two-way player for the Lancers, has caught 56 passes for 1,136 yards and 14 touchdowns. Playing cornerback, Denson has registered seven interceptions in 12 games.

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