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UA at WSU, Pregame I


The biggest questions prior to the game revolve around the kicking game.

Punter Daryl Blunt looks OK, and seems to be booming the ball in pregame like usual.

Kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi is another story. Abdollmohammadi pulled almost all his warmup kicks and his range was limited to less than 40 yards.

Expect coach Bill Doba to go for it on fourth down a lot again today.


Mkristo Bruce seems pretty healthy, at least when he was running prior to the game - without a knee brace. He’ll probably wear one during the game, but his mobility looked good.


A lot has been made of Arizona’s inept offense. But remember, a big part of that is the Wildcats have been using either a second or third string quarterback. Today, starter Willie Tuitama will be back from his concussion. The slippery sophomore will give WSU something they haven’t seen much this year: A quarterback who is his team’s best running back.

How the Cougars defend him just might be the key in whether or not they limit the UA offense.

Prior to the Stanford game, an Arizona 20-7 win, head coach Mike Stoops changed play callers, giving the responsibility to Dana Dimel, the tight ends coach. The Wildcats scored 20 points that game, but reverted to form against Oregon State in the Wildcats’ last contest.

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