Arizona football: Just how deep?

By Patrick Klein

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona football team finished spring practice yesterday, and while head coach Dick Tomey said all along that no jobs will be won or lost in the spring, this is the probable depth chart for the team as it heads to the fall.


Quarterback: This position belongs to Dan White, although Brady Batten and Ryan Hesson will battle for the backup spot in the fall.

Running backs: The whole backfield, despite the loss of all-time UA leading rusher Ontiwaun Carter, should be fairly solid. Junior Gary Taylor has the starting position, but Kevin Schmidtke the hero of last season's Georgia Tech game and a multitude of high school recruits featuring Blue Chip All-Americans Leland Gayles and Darren Hooper, will also play a major role.

The wild card in all of this is Robbie Glanton, a sophomore who transferred from Northwestern. In the one game he started as a true freshman in 1993, Glanton, who starred at Phoenix's Agua Fria High School, rushed for 159 yards.

The fullback spot will be congested with proven contributors. Sophomore Charles Myles is No. 1, but senior Jason Patterson, who started eight games last year before being replaced by Myles, Robert Coulter and Joey Branch are also in the mix.

Wide receivers: Richard Dice. That's it, and that's the problem. The coaches are trying to get another name to complement their explosive jun- mid

ior wide receiver. Senior Cary Taylor will be given a big chance to prove himself this year. Redshirt freshman Ron Holmes and junior college recruit Rodney Williams will also have a chance to contribute.

Offensive line: This is the major problem area for this team. An entire tackle-to-tackle line must be installed, and only the center position, to be manned by former starter Mani Ott, is fairly solid. Willie Walker, David Watson, Ian McCutcheon and Ryan Turley are all fighting for tackle spots. The coaches are awaiting the arrival of recruits Frank Middleton, Tevete Usu and his younger brother Enga Usu.

The tight end position is solid, as both Tim Thomas and Damon Terrell logged a good amount of playing time last season and should fill the void left by the graduation of Lamar Harris.


Defensive line: This is without a doubt the strongest part of the team. End Tedy Bruschi and tackles Chuck Osbourne and Joe Salave'a give Arizona what could be a devastating front line. The other end spot is a competition between junior Chato Jackson and sophomore Jimmy Sprotte. Several newcomers will also add some much-needed depth.

Linebackers: The inside linebacker positions are slated to be filled by senior Charlie Camp and sophomore Mike Szlauko, with Thomas Demps the favorite to be the outside linebacker. A host of newcomers will join junior Armon Williams and redshirt sophomore Chester Burnett in the fight for playing time.

Secondary: The graduation of last year's leader Tony Bouie has put the burden of anchoring the secondary on strong safety Brandon Sanders. Taking Bouie's free safety spot could be sophomore Chuck Rich. Kelly Malveaux probably has one of the cornerback spots nailed down, while Derrick Stewart, Shawn Parnell and Skeeter Harrington will compete for the other corner position.

Five All-Americans, one from junior college and four from high school, will also get a chance to compete in the secondary next fall.


The big shoes to fill will be those of Steve McLaughlin, the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award winner. Jon Prasuhn, the backup kicker last year will be tested come fall by the arrival of Blue Chip All-America Mark McDonald. Junior punter Matt Peyton returns to that position again.

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