Quick, which Pac-12 team ran the most players per game last season? It was the Oregon Ducks, right? Wrong! It was actually the Arizona Wildcats, who ran a staggering 83.2 players per game in 2012. The fast-paced Wildcats will head to Husky Stadium on Saturday to take on a Washington team that’s embraced the uptempo style this season and is now running 83.7 players per game themselves. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be a fun and exciting game.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke after practice on Wednesday about the Arizona attack. He had this to say:
This game is obviously a little unique in just the style that Arizona plays. They go so fast and they’re so dedicated to running the football. And their commitment to remaining physical and really trying to wear you out from a conditioning standpoint. So to simulate that in a practice setting is sometimes a unique challenge, so we’ve really tried to stress … to focus on the tempo and extend the drive to fatigue our guys, and I think they’ve responded really well to it (The Seattle Times).
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be a defensive coordinator (or player) for either team.
While Arizona’s pace of play has dipped in a little in 2013, expect to see both teams in warp-speed mode Saturday. The game will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT and can be seen on Fox. Make sure not to blink; you may miss a touchdown or five.
[Source: The Seattle Times]