By Charles Renning
Thursday, September 29, 2005
After a few extra days of practice and rest for
The Wildcats open their Pacific 10 Conference season Saturday at 4 p.m. when they take on No. 12 California at Memorial Stadium in
Offense a year older, wiser
Stoops added that offensive coordinator Mike Canales is doing a better job of calling the right plays to exploit defenses' weaknesses and allow the quarterbacks to make changes at the line of scrimmage.
More production needed out of running game
While the Wildcat passing attack has shown improvement, Stoops said, many opposing defenses have loaded up on the line to stop the run. The team needs to counter that with an improved rushing game, he said. "Our running attack hasn't been what we need it to be," he said. "I think we've missed holes this year, and I think, overall, we're not real pleased with how we run the football. We have to run it better."
Senior Mike Bell has accounted for 264 of the running backs' 318 rushing yards, and Stoops said the team needs more production out of senior Gilbert Harris and sophomore Chris Henry. Henry has started the year with three fumbles on just 11 carries and gained 21 yards.
"I'm kind of disappointed that Chris has gotten off to a slow start, but we keep trying to work him in there," he said. "Hopefully, him and Gilbert will have an opportunity to run the football." Stoops said the opportunities for big run plays have been there this season but that the team has been unable convert those chances.
Juco players working into roles