Quotes about the Arizona Wildcats today by Utah coach Kyle Whittingham at his weekly press conference:
On having never beaten Rich Rodriguez at Arizona (0-4 record):
“It’s not on my mind because I didn’t know that until you told me. I guess it better be because they’ve beaten us the last four years. That’s something we have to get turned around. We will have our home crowd and that’s a big advantage for us.”
On what Arizona has been able to do effectively in the running game vs. Utah in last four games (all won by the Wildcats in the series):
“We’ve been watching the last four years of film and last year, we did the best job, but they’ve gashed us. Structurally there’s only so much you can do with how many guys are in the box. It’s a lot like playing Air Force. It’s assignment football with the read option and we’re just going to have to do a better job of playing assignment football.”
On Arizona’s injuries and what they expect at quarterback:
“(Khalil Tate} is a great athletes and a big, strong kid that can run and throw. I think they wanted to originally redshirt him. They have some unsettled issues at quarterback and I’m not sure what we are going to see. Obviously we have a lot of video on Anu Solomon from over the years and Brandon Dawkins has played a lot this year, not so much on tape, and then what we saw at UCLA.”
On Arizona’s running attack (Wildcats are No. 2 in the Pac-12 in rushing)
“They might not be putting up the numbers they did in the past. Nick Wilson is a terrific player. They haven’t been as prolific as years past but the last four years they’ve been prolific against us. We are not concerned with what they’ve done the first four or five weeks because we’ve struggled with them the last couple years.”
On what they saw from Arizona in the Washington game:
“They played very well in that game and it went down to the wire in overtime. They played hard and well there was nothing different schematically. They just played well.”
On Arizona’s tempo:
“We cant do anything about their pace of play offensively. They’re similar to Cal in terms of pace. There’s a lot of carry over from the Cal game tempo wise and ironically enough we are not a hurry-up offense but we doubled Cal’s snaps this past weekend . We feel like we’re doing what’s right for us abut you are right in that they run a fast tempo. We definitely alter our practice periods and how we handle the scout teams. We have a couple scout teams ready to run at a high tempo to get the feel for the speed of the game.”
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