Defensive end Brooks Reed would need a family cell phone plan if his brother was playing this year for New Mexico.
The Arizona starting sophomore admits he would be calling up his younger brother, Lucas, more than ever to do a little family-affair trash talking.
The Wildcats (2-0) head to New Mexico (0-2) on Saturday night.
The conversations have been a little toned down with Lucas redshirting this season.
“I wish he was playing,” Brooks Reed said. “We were always talking and he was saying they were going to kick our butt and I said we were going to kick their butt.
“It would be more fun if he was playing.”
The Reed brothers, who both played at Sabino High, could have lined up across from each other Saturday, with Lucas at tight end and Brooks on the defensive line.
That is not going to happen.
Brooks will be starting for the third straight game, while Lucas is spending the year getting stronger and adapting to Division I football.
The family is going to be split in New Mexico, but the Wildcats will get a little bit more of the rooting edge with Brooks playing and Lucas not.
Brooks will be looking for his first tackle after winning the starting defensive end job during fall camp.
Lucas was a late bloomer last year at Sabino, where he caught 41 passes for 761 yards.
“I talked to him during his senior year and tried to get his head right,” Brooks said. “I was always trying to hype him up during the times he was down. He did what was right and got a scholarship to New Mexico.”
Three times Arizona tailback Nic Grigsby scored last week, and three times he ran over to the officials and handed them the ball after the play.
That is the way the Wildcats are supposed to treat scoring a touchdown to avoid any celebration penalties.
Delashaun Dean was given an unsportsmanlike conduct against Toledo, however, for showing off a little bit.
That won’t be tolerated if the Wildcats reach the end zone against the Lobos.
“That is an act you can’t tolerate. There is no reason for it,” UA coach Mike Stoops said.
Last week, a controversial penalty on Washington’s Jake Locker cost the Huskies a chance to win against BYU.
Enjoy the touchdowns, but act like you’ve been there before – that’s Stoops’ message.
“We want our players to be enthusiastic,” Stoops said. “We teach them to share the excitement with their teammates.
“There are 10 other guys out there playing to be successful. Those offensive linemen block, the quarterback throws you the ball. Go thank those guys.”
Stoops, asked if he ever spiked the ball while a defensive back during his college days at Iowa, sheepishly couldn’t remember.
“I don’t remember that far back,” Stoops said. I scored a couple in (Arena Football) and spiked it.”
Stoops played for the Pittsburgh Gladiators of the Arena Football League after graduating from Iowa.