Arizona Wildcats Offense: A Midseason Report Card

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

The Arizona Wildcats have reached the halfway point of their season and if the second half is anything like the first, Wildcat fans are in for an edge-of-their-seat finish to the season.

The Cats are by no means on easy street for the rest of the season, with tough games at Cal, home against Oregon, at ASU, and at USC.

The Wildcats still have a long way to go to get to a bowl game but have put themselvesin good position to get to the postseason for the second consecutive year.


Quarterback: B+

If Nick Foles had been starting from the beginning it would probably have been an A. Matt Scott is the only reason for the grade being this low.

Foles has been nothing short of phenomenal so far this season. Despite starting only three games, Foles has thrown for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns. If it had not been for the "Immaculate Deflection", Foles might not have thrown an interception yet this season (he has only two).

The most impressive stat might be his completion percentage. Foles is completing 74 percent of his passes. An amazing stat considering he is averaging 46 passes in his three starts.


Running Back: B

The Cats started out the season as a running team, relying on Nic Grigsby and his backup Keola Antolin to handle most of the load. Little did we know that there was a third head to Wildcats' running back.

Grigsby and his backup, Keola Antolin, got injured in the Oregon State game. In stepped redshirt freshman Greg Nwoko who stepped out of the shadow and has worked his way into getting as much playing time as the other two backs.

With the Cats passing more, it will be interesting to see how the running game is utilized the rest of the season.


Wide Receivers: B-

At the beginning of the season, the Cats looked very out of sync with Scott in at quarterback. Ever since Arizona made the change to Foles under center the receivers have looked to be at ease.

Every game a new receiver has stepped up for Arizona. It doesn't seem to matter who is catching the ball, Foles has full confidence in all of his receivers.

Sophmores David Douglas, David Roberts, and Juron Criner have all taken a big step forward. This was needed with the loss of All-American tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The only complaint would be with Arizona's deep ball threat. No receiver has stepped up in the long pass. Adding a deep threat would make the Wildcats unstoppable in the air game.

With only one senior receiver making an impact, Terrell Turner, it seems Arizona has a bright future ahead of themselves with the quarterback-receiver combination.


Offensive Line: A-

The offensive line has really stepped up it's game. The reason for the high grade is what they have done when faced with injuries.

The Wildcats have had a different starting front five in the past three games. There has been one thing in common in those games, Foles has not been put on is back.

Colin Baxter is putting together a great season and has put himself into contention for the Rimington Award. Both guards who started the season have been hurt but the reshuffling of the offensive line has not affected the team.

The depth of the offensive line that Mike Stoops has put together is impressive. They seem to just plug new guys into places and the team has holes to run through. More importantly, Foles has not been sacked in the past three games.