UA tailbacks step up after Grigsby ejected from scrimmageby John Moredich on Aug. 10, 2008, under Sports
University of Arizona starting tailback Nic Grigsby was kicked out of scrimmage work for fighting, but the Wildcats showed they might have more depth at that position this season.
Grigsby, who was hit low by cornerback Devin Ross while running around the corner early in a 100-play scrimmage at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, was ejected after throwing a punch.
Grigsby, the Wildcats’ starter a year ago, was left running stadium stairs and then stood on the sideline the rest of the night.
“It was a selfish act,” UA coach Mike Stoops said. “It’s not the discipline and the way we coach. He has to have more poise than that. It won’t happen again. I’m pretty sure of that.”
The rest of Arizona’s backs responded with an array of different styles as Keola Antolin used his quickness to rush for 55 yards on 9 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown. Nick Booth used more of a bruising style, while also turning outside for 64 yards on 7 carries.
Xavier Smith rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries.
“I thought the running backs were really good. We are definitely a much better team running back wise,” Stoops said. “It looks like we are going to have some depth. They show signs of being a really solid unit, something we have not had.”
Arizona didn’t name a No. 2 quarterback, but freshman Matt Scott saw extended action with the No. 2 unit, completing 8 of 15 passes for 72 yards. He had at least three passes dropped. He also rushed for 25 yards on six carries.
Starting quarterback Willie Tuitama completed 17 of 21 passes for 141 yards.
Place kicker Jason Bondzio connected on field goal tries of 27, 38 and 50 yards, while Alex Zendejas had a 32-yarder blocked.