EUGENE, Ore. – Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski is generally the best tight end on the field in every game he plays.
He has competition in Oregon’s Ed Dickson when the Wildcats face the Ducks Saturday in Eugene at 4:30 p.m.
The two face a common problem: double teams.
Gronkowski has persevered despite extra coverage, catching 22 passes for 357 yards and seven touchdowns.
He has 50 career receptions for a UA tight end best 882 yards and 13 TDs in 18 games. He needs 19 catches to pass Mark Keel (1981-82) for the all-time school tight end mark.
Dickson caught a single-season Oregon tight end record 43 passes for 453 yards and three TDs in 2007.
Hamstring issues and tougher defensive alignments have hampered Dickson after a fast start. He has not caught a pass in four of the past six games, but still has 24 catches for 314 yards and two TDs for the season.
Bowls on UA’s mind
Sports Illustrated projects Arizona will play TCU in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20.
College Football News also has the Wildcats in Las Vegas, but playing BYU.
ESPN analysts are split. One has UA in the Holiday Bowl against Missouri and Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniels, and another has UA in the Emerald Bowl versus Miami.
UA must stop Williams
Oregon expects to use wide receiver Jaison Williams more against Arizona after an injury to Drew Davis.
Williams isn’t having a breakout senior season with only 28 receptions, but he’s closing in on the Ducks’ career pass receiving record. The senior has 166 receptions, 12 shy of Samie Parker’s mark established from 2000-2003.
Williams had eight catches for 120 yards against UA a year ago.
The sophomore Davis was starting to get more involved, but he tore his ACL against Stanford a week ago in his first career start.
Quote of the week
“I’m sure they will have a chip on their shoulder. That is fine. We will be ready.” – UA offensive guard Joe Longacre after back-to-back wins over Oregon.
Gamez 2nd in Q qualifier
Former University of Arizona golfer Robert Gamez stayed among the leaders Friday in the third round of the Second Stage of PGA Qualifying School.
Gamez shot his second straight 4-under 68 and is tied for second (11-under 69-68-68–205) at Brooksville, Fla.
Also at Brooksville, Tucsonan Ben Kern shot even-par 72 and is tied for 39th (2-under 214).
At Pine Mountain, Ga., former Wildcat Chris Nallen slipped to a tie for 33rd with a 73 (6-under 210) and Tucson Michael Thompson moved up with a 69 for a tie for 50th (4-under 212).
Top 20 finishers with ties at each site Saturday earn a slot in the Q School finals in December.
Citizen Staff Report
UA freshman honored
UA women’s soccer player Renae Cuellar has been named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and also received an honorable mention all-league selection. Cuellar was the only Wildcat named to a postseason conference award.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself because I have high expectations,” she said. “All the hard work I put in paid off.”
A native of La Puente, Calif. Cuellar tied with teammates Karina Camacho and London King for most goals on the team with five. Cuellar was second on the team with 12 points.
Citizen Staff Report
$90 tix includes sunscreen
LOS ANGELES – Forget Dodger Blue. This is Dodger Green – as in $90 for a spring training ticket.
That’s what the Dodgers will charge for 692 top seats at their new spring home in Glendale. Last year, their highest-priced exhibition ticket was $20 at Vero Beach, Fla.
Dennis Mannion, the team’s chief operating officer, believes the perks of the new tickets – including scented towels – will make the cost worthwhile.
He said the $90 price includes free parking in the VIP section, which will normally cost $10; a $20 coupon for food, beverages and merchandise; a premium item such as a baseball hat at no charge, and free water and sunscreen.
It’s unclear if the White Sox will charge that much. They have offered Pima County $5 million to get out of their lease in Tucson to share the Dodgers’ $100 million facility. (Story, 1A).
The Associated Press
MADRID, Spain – Seve Ballesteros is improving following brain surgery on a malignant tumor and is likely to be released from intensive care next week.
The golfer’s condition “continues to improve,” Madrid’s La Paz hospital said Friday. “It is likely that next week he will leave the intensive care unit.”
The 51-year-old Spaniard underwent a 6 1/2-hour operation on Oct. 24 to remove the brain tumor and reduce swelling around the brain. It was his third operation since being admitted 18 days earlier after fainting at Madrid’s international airport.
The hospital said earlier that Ballesteros is conscious and able to talk to relatives.
The Associated Press
ON THIS DATE
1960: Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 71 points in a 123-108 victory over the New York Knicks.
1969: The New York Knicks run their record to 17-1, the best start in NBA history, by beating the Boston Celtics 113-98.
1975: Tony Dorsett’s 303 yards lead Pitt over Notre Dame 34-20 .
Cats will make field of 65, fans believe
Re: Gimino column: UA’s NCAA basketball streak may not survive
• Your expectations are too low. This team has two potential first-round draft picks. ARIZONABRUCE
• Anybody see how unimpressive UCLA was in just getting by Miami (Ohio) 64-59. I don’t think anybody in the Pac-10 is unstoppable this year in basketball. Could be like football, where a down year in means enough wins to get us to the postseason. AZCATFAN