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SPORTS
Tuesday September 16, 2003
photo Phillips may be finished

Even more harmful than the last two home blow-out losses for the struggling Arizona football team could be the loss of senior offensive tackle Brandon Phillips.

Phillips injured his knee during the first quarter of the Wildcats' 48-10 loss to Oregon and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Phillips was considered the anchor of the Arizona offensive line, starting 12 of the last 15 games for the Wildcats. His expected absence could be seen almost immediately after he was taken out of the game Saturday night. [Read article]

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photo Volleyball ready for Pac-10 play

Wildcats enter conference competition after going 6-4 in preseason tourneys

The UA volleyball team is finally done with its preseason tournaments and feels excited to jump into Pacific-10 Conference play.

Considering all the circumstances the Wildcats have gone through, head coach Dave Rubio feels the team is "in a good place" and the early losses will help build character.

"There are three seasons for every sport: there is preseason, in-season and postseason. You've got to treat each one separately," Rubio said. "So now, our preseason is over. We're 6-4. I knew it was going to be up and down for us with the squad that we have." [Read article]

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O'Hara deserves starting QB nod

It was impossible to gauge how well freshman quarterback Ryan O'Hara would perform on a collegiate level until his first appearance two weeks ago against Texas-El Paso. But despite the story that the less-than-impressive stats may tell, the first three games of the 2003 season have told us all we need to know about who UA's QB of the future is or certainly should be.

While other aspects of the game throwing a perfect strike on a passing route; calling an audible when the play clock is running down; executing a play-action fake that causes the defense to hesitate can be gradually learned and implemented, field awareness is something that quarterbacks are either born with or will never have. [Read article]

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