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Arizona Wildcats football: Wilson closing in on UA freshman rushing record

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Arizona freshman running back Nick Wilson is only 96 yards shy of Arizona's freshman rushing record  (Pac-12 Networks video capture)

Arizona freshman running back Nick Wilson is only xx yards shy of Arizona’s freshman rushing record (Pac-12 Networks video capture)

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FRESHMAN PASSING YARDS
NR — National rank.

NR Name School G A C INT TD Yds
10 Anu Solomon Ariz 8 364 218 5 21 2605
35 Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.) 9 233 144 9 20 2087
46 Matt Linehan Idaho 8 293 179 14 9 1995

Arizona's Nick Wilson appears to be healthy as the Wildcats reach the stretch run

Arizona’s Nick Wilson appears to be healthy as the Wildcats reach the stretch run

Nick Wilson’s name did not show up on Arizona’s injury report this week, so the freshman could be at full strength to chase some history against Colorado’s defense today.

Wilson, hampered by an ankle injury in the last month, is 96 yards shy of Nic Grigsby’s freshman rushing record of 704 yards at Arizona in 2007. Grigsby’s younger brother, senior Terris Jones-Grigsby, will also try to re-ignite Arizona’s running game against the Buffaloes.

Personal records are one thing; team objectives are much more important. Arizona’s running game has lacked punch in recent games. The Wildcats have only 304 yards rushing in the last three games after producing 208 in the upset win over then-No. 2 Oregon at Eugene on Oct. 2.

In the losses to USC and UCLA, Arizona rushed for only a combined 157 yards on 60 carries. That’s less than what Wilson rushed for at Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 4 when he gained a season-high 174 yards.

Part of the problem has been injuries to Wilson and Jones-Grigsby since the Oregon game. Both appear to be healthy heading into tonight’s homecoming game.

“(Wilson’s) been staying in the training room, trying to get his ankle back to one hundred percent,” Jones-Grigsby was quoted as saying this week by AZDesertSwarm.com. “But both of us are just trying to get back to our roots like I said. But Nick’s going to bounce back. We both have to basically with four games left.”

Solomon continues to lead all freshmen in the nation with 2,605 yards passing, topping Miami’s Brad Kaaya (2,087) by more than 500 yards. With 395 more yards, he will become the fifth Arizona quarterback to reach 3,000 yards in a season, joining Nick Foles, Willie Tuitama, Matt Scott and Jason Johnson.

He is currently No. 7 on the season record list at Arizona. Here are the Top 7 totals:

Yards QB Att Comp Year
4334 Nick Foles 560 387 2011
3683 Willie Tuitama 524 327 2007
3620 Matt Scott 499 301 2012
3327 Jason Johnson 410 239 2002
3191 Nick Foles 426 286 2010
3088 Willie Tuitama 399 259 2008
2605 Anu Solomon 364 218 2014

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Note: Ronald Veal highlighted in red because he led Arizona in passing and rushing as a freshman in 1987.

MOST YARDS BY ARIZONA WILDCATS
FRESHMAN QB IN PAC-10/12 ERA

Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com

Yards Year QB Att Comp Int TD
2605 2014 Anu Solomon 364 218 5 21
1660 1997 Ortege Jenkins 235 115 5 19
1501 2003 Kris Heavner 237 131 15 8
1450 1996 Keith Smith 193 117 6 11
1239 1987 Ronald Veal 153 75 9 4
1204 1980 Tom Tunnicliffe 173 96 9 8
1105 2005 Willie Tuitama 142 82 5 9
950 2004 Richard Kovalcheck 168 80 7 6
381 1989 George Malauulu 35 19 2 4

TOP ARIZONA FRESHMAN RUSHERS
Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com
*Quarterbacks

Year Player C Yds TD Avg PG
2007 Nic Grigsby 161 704 2 4.4 70.4
2000 Clarence Farmer 138 666 5 4.8 66.6
1981 Vance Johnson 123 654 6 5.3 59.4
2014 Nick Wilson 109 610 7 5.6 87.1
1987 *Ronald Veal 161 566 9 3.5 56.6
1996 *Keith Smith 136 546 8 4.0 49.6
2011 Ka'Deem Carey 91 425 6 4.7 38.6
2002 Mike Bell 106 341 1 3.2 28.4

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RUSHING YARDS PER CARRY
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School Pos. G Rush Yds Avg
39 5 Nick Wilson Arizona RB 7 109 610 5.6

RUSHING YARDS PER GAME
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School Pos. G Rush Yds TD YPG
47 8 Nick Wilson Arizona RB 7 109 610 7 87.1

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School Pos. G TD
47 6 Nick Wilson Arizona RB 7 7

FRESHMAN PASS EFFICIENCY
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School G A C INT Yds TD Eff
3 1 J.T. Barrett Ohio State 8 207 134 7 1856 23 170.0
10 2 Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.) 9 233 144 9 2087 20 157.6
47 3 Anu Solomon Arizona 8 364 218 5 2605 21 136.3

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FRESHMAN PASSING TDs
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School G TD
8 1 J.T. Barrett Ohio State 8 23
16 2 Anu Solomon Arizona 8 21
18 3 Brad Kaaya Miami 8 20

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FRESHMAN PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION
NR — National rank. FR — Freshman rank

NR FR Name School G C A Yds Avg
15 1 Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.) 9 144 233 2087 14.5
19 2 J.T. Barrett Ohio State 8 134 207 1856 13.9
44 3 Alex McGough FIU 9 102 212 1261 12.4
59 4 Anu Solomon Arizona 8 218 364 2605 11.9

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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