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photo McBride excited to come back to Tucson

Ron McBride used to ride his bike all over Tucson.

He would peddle to his office everyday at McKale Center or down the street to Bob Dobbs' Bar and Grill.

But that was more than 12 years ago.

The former Arizona assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 1987-89 and current Utah head coach, has not been to Tucson for nearly eight years when Utah played Washington State in the Copper Bowl.

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photo Building a Foundation

It sounded like a joke.

As punishment for being arrested over the summer, three UA football players would have to help build houses on Sept. 11 instead of missing a game.

However, at the end of the day, each of the three players learned a much more valuable lesson.

Head coach John Mackovic made wide receiver Bobby Wade and defensive linemen Andre Torrey and Javier Martinez participate in Habitat for Humanity's "Building Freedom Day" yesterday as a punishment for getting arrested in fights outside different bars over the summer.

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News from around the Pac-10

Arizona (1-0)
Last week: Bye
This week: Utah (2-0)

Head coach John Mackovic said he is weary of the Utes' defense, which utilizes the zone blitz roughly 30 percent of the time. It's a commonly held belief that Utah will be the toughest defense the Wildcats will face this year, especially against the run. This could spell trouble considering RB Clarence Farmer, the Pac-10's leading rusher from a year ago, managed only 29 yards against DI-AA Northern Arizona in the team's season opener The Wildcats offensive line was bolstered this week with the return of center Keoki Fraser and Makoa Freitas, both of whom missed the team's first game against the Lumberjacks.

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Utah at Arizona

The key to this game will be the running games of both teams. If the back up running back for the Utes, J.R. Peroulis, can fill the shoes of the injured Marty Johnson, Arizona could be in trouble. Regardless, UA running back Clarence Farmer is going to have to muster more than an anemic 29 yards rushing to take the pressure off quarterback Jason Johnson's arm.

Arizona 35 Utah 31

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