SALT LAKE CITY — Either they’re on the same wavelength, they took the same spelling test or their coach has used the word a lot in practice this week.
Whatever the case may be, a couple of Arizona football players used the word stout to describe the nature of Utah’s defensive makeup.
“We’ve watched a lot of film so far, and Utah’s got a very stout D-line,” Arizona center Josh McCauley told azdesertswarm.com. “Their run defense is very good, so it’s going to be a battle up front, so we’re getting ready for it.”
“They’re pretty stout on defense. They fly to the ball well, their D-line and linebackers are pretty good,” Arizona wide receiver Cedric Peterson added. “Their secondary is pretty good as well. It’s a really big game for us. We have to be on our A game, and I think we’re ready for the competition this Friday.”
The Wildcats visit Rice-Eccles Stadium for a Friday night showdown with the Utes. Arizona, which lost to BYU earlier this season, is showing a lot of respect toward its upcoming Pac-12 opponent.
“They’re the No. 1 defense in the league statistically, No. 1 run defense in the league, No. 1 red zone in the league. So it’s the best defense in the league right now, and they’ve got a lot of experience, a lot of size and a lot of athleticism, and they put them all together,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said of the Utes. “They haven’t given up a bunch of big plays. They have limited people in their run game. Chase Hansen has been right behind Colin Schooler for No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in tackles for loss.”
Some might call it a stout defense — and athletic, to boot.
“For how big they are, their athleticism is pretty good,” McCauley …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News