The Arizona Wildcats’ most pressing need is finding a pass rush.
UA had only 10 sacks last season, its average of 0.83 per game tied for the second-worst mark in the nation.
This is kind of a big deal. Of the 22 teams that were worst nationally in producing sacks last year, here is how many had a winning record: None.
So you can’t blame first-year coach Rich Rodriguez for trying anything and everything in fall camp, and that includes kicking the tires on a couple of offensive players to see if they have the needed burst off the edge to begin to harass opposing quarterbacks.
True freshman tight end Keoni Bush-Loo got some work before Monday’s practice with the defensive ends, as did senior fullback Taimi Tutogi.
“I really like him,” Rodriguez said of Bush-Loo, who played defensive end and tight end at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu.
“I think we’re in a little battle between keeping him on offense at tight end or putting him at defensive end. He’s a guy who has some natural ability and he’s really, really aggressive. He’s a young man who may get an opportunity to play as a freshman.”