Arizona Wildcats 2011 First Look: Running Backsby Brad Allis on Dec. 17, 2010, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Sports
Arizona has not finished the 2010 season but it is not too early to look ahead to 2011. A lot is still to be determined thanks to position battles, possible departures and recruiting, but we can get a basic idea of how things will look next season. In our second look we focus on the running backs.
OVERVIEW: The Wildcats struggled to run the ball at times this season, but did have some great flashes. Keola Antolin was a bright spot as he stayed relatively healthy and did some good things. Greg Nwoko also had some real good minutes, while Kylan Butler and Daniel Jenkins await their chance.
SAY GOODBYE TO: Nic Grigsby. Grigsby will be in all the Wildcat record books, but he’ll be largely forgotten. His final year has been forgettable, and barring a great bowl game, he’ll ride off in the sunset with a whimper, much like Clarence Farmer eight years before.
SAY HELLO TO: Jared Baker and Ka’Deem Carey. The Cats have verbal commitments from two talented running backs. Baker is from Los Angeles. Carey, from Canyon del Oro High School, is still taking visits.
GET TO KNOW: Jenkins. He showed some really good things in the preseason, but only had eight carries for 26 yards and did not get a carry after the second game.
QUESTIONS: Can Antolin become an every-down back? Will Nwoko be the bruising runner that can get a tough yard when the Cats need it? Will Carey stay committed?
Previously: First look: Quarterbacks