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UA’s Antolin back at practice but held out of contact drills

Keola Antolin

Keola Antolin

University of Arizona tailback Keola Antolin is ready to resume being part of a 1-2 rushing attack with Nic Grigsby.

Antolin, who missed the second half of a loss to USC on Saturday with a sprained shoulder, was back at practice Wednesday.

The Wildcats don’t play again until Nov. 8 at Washington State.

“We are a deadly combination,” said Antolin, who practiced but did not participate in any contact drills. “Nic has a different running style than I do. They won’t be prepared for what we bring.”

Antolin brings strength, speed and physical running. Grigsby brings exceptional cutback moves and a knack for the end zone, as evidenced by his 10 touchdowns.

Both expect to see plenty of action against the Cougars. Washington State ranks 118th nationally in run defense, allowing 266 yards per game.

Only San Diego State (282 yards) is worse.

Which UA back will play more?

“That thing will kind of go and take on a mind of its own,” UA coach Mike Stoops said. “You go with the guy that is hot. We feel very good about both guys. Competition is good.”

Other banged-up Wildcats also practiced Wednesday.

Defensive end Ricky Elmore has a colorful bruise down his left leg, but he was back out there.

Safety Nate Ness was walking easily again after suffering a bruised knee.

“It looks like we are going to be 100 percent healthy for the Washington State game,” Stoops said. “Nothing was too significant.”

The Wildcats had three days off after back-to-back physical games against California and USC. They will have the weekend off before coming back for a practice on Monday.

“I’m not sure we have had days off like this before,” Elmore said. “Coach Stoops knows we come out here and prepare. He knows we are not slacking off. He knows we are going to be ready for Washington State.”

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Arizona (5-3,3-2) at Washington St. (1-7, 0-5)

When: 3 p.m. Nov. 8

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