One of the big questions for the Arizona Wildcats this week: How’s that left ankle of Jared Tevis?
The sophomore safety landed awkwardly on the ankle in the first quarter Saturday night and, although he returned for one series, missed the entire second half.
He tweeted after the game that “it’s looking like a bad sprain.” His status likely won’t be updated until Thursday, when the school releases its weekly injury report.
Tevis entered Saturday’s game against Oregon State with 39 tackles, one behind the team lead of linebacker Jake Fischer. Tevis forced three fumbles and intercepted two passes through four games.
“He’s a really good football player, probably one of our best defensive players,” coach Rich Rodriguez said after the 38-35 loss. “Makes plays. Anybody who watched him in the first four games saw that.”
Redshirt freshman Patrick Onwuasor came in to play the Bandit safety spot, which is designed to be a playmaking position in the 3-3-5 scheme of coordinator Jeff Casteel. Onwuasor made eight tackles.
— Jared Tevis (@TucTownTevis) September 30, 2012
He said it
“We’re playing every freshman we can. I mean, every special teams is made up almost entirely of walk-ons and freshmen. Look at the kickoff returns, which are awful … I think everybody but one guy is a freshman or walk-on. They’re trying hard. They’re going to be all right. Just not right now.” — Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.
Arizona sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey ran for 115 yards on 17 carries against Oregon State, which entered the game second nationally against the run.
The Beavers held Wisconsin’s Montee Ball to 61 yards and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin to 45.
What did Rodriguez think of the run game: “Not very good.”
Three Arizona starters who were listed as questionable this week did not play — guard Trace Biskin (toe), defensive end Reggie Gilbert (ankle) and receiver Terrence Miller (thigh).
Shane Zink started for Biskin, with true freshman Cayman Bundage also seeing time at that position. Sophomore Dan Pettinato stepped in for Gilbert, and redshirt freshman receiver David Richards got the start for Miller.
He said it, part II
“To me, they’re kind of both equal, just a different kind of loss. This one was right in our hands; we just let it go.” — Arizona receiver Austin Hill, comparing the 38-35 loss to Oregon State to a 49-0 defeat at Oregon the previous week.
Coach Mike Riley earned his 74th victory at Oregon State, becoming the school’s winningest coach. … Eleven players had a run or a reception of at least 20 yards in the Arizona-Oregon State game. Two players did both: UA’s Ka’Deem Carey (25-yard run, 47-yard reception) and OSU’s Storm Woods (21-yard run, 25-yard reception). … Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton: “Arizona is a good team. They fought back — they didn’t want to lose and they showed it.” … The Wildcats are a combined 4-24 against Oregon and Oregon State since the 1999 season.