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Good – Nick Foles and Juron Criner
Returning quarterback Nick Foles gives Arizona fans reason to celebrate, and a perfectly fine wide receiver Juron Criner is reason to go crazy. With this dynamic duo back in action, the Wildcats are looking at a powerful offensive attack for the 2011 season.
Bad – Tough start to schedule
Even with their offense getting back two key players, the Wildcats are in for an uphill battle at the start of the season. The first four games—against Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State, Stanford and the dreaded Oregon Ducks—are all going to be a challenge.
Ugly – Loss of key starters
Arizona’s defense has lost two stars—Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore—to the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers, respectively, and their absences are not easily replaced. The potential for opposing teams to negate their pass rush is all too real if seniors C.J. Parish and Mohammed Usman can’t fill the defensive end void.