Toledo receiving duo to test UA secondaryby John Moredich on Sep. 05, 2008, under Sports
Arizona cornerbacks Devin Ross and Marquis Hundley will have their hands full this time.
The pair, starting for the first time last week, were in the right places at the right times in UA’s 70-0 win over Idaho. But they didn’t have to defend Stephen Williams and Nick Moore.
Toledo’s dynamic receiving duo, who combined for 133 catches, 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, can score on anybody at anytime.
“They might have the best receivers we will see as a tandem,” UA coach Mike Stoops said. “They have a really good offensive system and they know how to manipulate the system to get those guys the football.
“They are big and they have good hands and they are fast. We saw a pair like that last year and we didn’t fare really well, so we have to make sure we are very conscious of these two individuals.”
Stoops was referring to New Mexico wideouts Travis Brown and Marcus Smith, who burned veteran UA cornerbacks Antoine Cason and Wilrey Fontenot for 21 catches, 285 yards and three TDs in a 29-27 upset at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 16.
“They have to step up to have a chance to score points against Arizona’s talented defense,” Toledo coach Tom Amstutz said of his receiving duo.
Williams, an inch taller than Moore at 6 feet 5, caught 73 passes for 1,169 yards and seven TDs last year for the Mid-American Conference’s best overall offensive squad.
Moore caught 60 passes for 731 yards and eight scores last year.
“We respected New Mexico and their receivers last year,” UA defensive coordinator Mark Stoops said. “They had a good game plan and they really made some plays. This week we will certainly do a better job of having some answers (against Toledo).”
Arizona’s secondary allowed Idaho to complete only 10 of 27 passes, but Toledo should throw the ball more behind quarterback Aaron Opelt. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,756 yards, 12 TDs and seven interceptions in 2007.
UA’s Ross said he’s ready for Opelt and the Rockets.
“I like the challenge of coming up and playing against better players,” Ross said. “We are going to see receivers like this every week in the Pac-10.”
Toledo (0-0) at Arizona (1-0); 7 p.m. Saturday; TV: none; Radio: 1290 AM, 107.5 FM