Yogi Roth will walk into Arizona Stadium tonight for the first time in five years.
He has good memories of his last visit.
Roth, who will serve as the color commentator for tonight’s broadcast on Pac-12 Arizona, was a graduate assistant with USC in 2008 when the Trojans beat the Wildcats 17-10 on a second-half touchdown pass by Mark Sanchez.
That was Roth’s final year in coaching. He then moved on to broadcasting, writing and film production.
The former University of Pittsburgh receiver chatted with us about what he’s excited to see tonight.
On what has stood out about Arizona so far this season: “Even though they have lost two in a row, you can tell RichRod and his staff are doing an incredible job coaching this team. They’ve competed every game. I would have loved to have seen that Washington game in good weather. That type of game is always going to favor Washington. And then later in the game against USC, you got to see what this team can really be. If they’re able to throw the ball as well as they did in the second half against USC, it’s going to give them a unique dimension because you know what’s coming with number 25 (Ka’Deem Carey). If they can start playing well on the outside, teams will back off the run and it will be a huge advantage for Arizona.”
On if he was surprised by Utah’s win over Stanford: “I was definitely surprised and I think I was in the majority. Watching them play UCLA, they matched up physically, but couldn’t quite get it done. Then they go play Stanford and they physically dominated them. Utah’s strength has always been the defensive line, but I was really impressed with their offensive line. That bubble screen they run was a huge weapon against Stanford. It’s going to be fun to watch them tonight. They’re coming off of two very physical games, so how are they going to be physically?”
On which players he’s looking forward to seeing tonight: “There’s a lot. Clearly (Utah QB) Travis Wilson is exciting to watch. I worked with him when he was in Elite 11 (a competition for high school quarterbacks) and I’ve seen him take his game to the next level. I’m excited to see how he does against a different defense like Arizona’s. I’m excited to watch Scooby Wright on the other side of the ball. He has that hard edge that RichRod is always talking about. Offensively for Arizona, I obviously want to see Ka’Deem Carey. But I’m really excited to see B.J. Denker. He has to control the environment and enjoy being back home for the first time in 34 days.”