Pac-12 Networks analyst Rick Neuheisel was in Tucson recently to scout the Arizona Wildcats camp. I caught up with him briefly after practice and later in a phone interview.
Here is some of what we talked about:
–The big-picture outlook for Arizona this season:
“I think if they can make a bowl game, it will be a successful season for them. They have a chance to get off to a good start and get an inexperienced quarterback up to speed before they head at Seattle (to open conference play at Washington),” Neuheisel said.
“It’s just that they’re missing playmakers — the loss of (Austin) Hill, the loss of (Dan) Buckner, the loss to (Matt) Scott. Unless somebody blossoms before our eyes, teams will gang up on Ka’Deem Carey.
“If they can get to seven wins and get to a bowl game, they’re right in line with the progress Rich Rodriguez wants to make.”
Neuheisel added that 2014 could be the season that the Wildcats begin to really flourish under RichRod.
“I hope nobody loses sight that this is going to grow and grow fast,” he said.