After Arizona’s impressive performance against No.3 Oregon last weekend for the first 3 quarters, they were unable to limit the mistakes that took the deficit to five. out of reach. The result was a 41-19 loss.
Let’s take a look at Pro Football Focus’s goal, in conjunction with my analysis, to see how Arizona’s offense went against the Ducks.
As a reminder, see the rating scale below:
Jordan McCloud made his first start as a Wildcat last weekend and he’s best described as top to bottom.
McCloud was extremely successful in moving the ball around and doing the right readings … most of the time (more on that in a few). He was also successful and efficient, using his legs to make plays and move the ball.
What killed him and UA were his five interceptions. It is a known fact that he has the weakest arm in room QB and that came into play with one of his last picks where he rolled left and threw a float all the way down the pitch which has been recovered. Other mistakes have come from him simply forcing the throws or not seeing the covers clearly.
That said, he is the QB for the rest of this season. He moves the ball well and executes the best of any QB. Clean up his mistakes and make sure he doesn’t force it and we could see an even better effort against UCLA.
Gunner Cruz came in for a game after McCloud’s helmet came off after a QB sneek.
- Jordan McCloud: 21-for-35, 233 yds, 1 TD, 5 INT & 9 cars, 64 yds
- Gunner Cruz: N / A
NUMBER OF CUTTINGS
- Jordan McCloud: 92
- Gunner Cruz: 1
Running backs / backs
I thought the squad had a good game against BYU, but overall it was their best effort so far this season.
Drake Anderson is improving week by week. He gets tough yards when he needs them and can win big chunks several times a game. Not to mention he’s a viable threat out of the backfield in the passing game.
Michael Wiley had a very difficult game against NAU. This was not the case against the Ducks. He ran the hardest I’ve ever seen him. It didn’t come down easily … at all. He bounced off the potential first tackle and gained a few more yards. He moved the stack for a first down. He looked like a completely different player than the one against the Jacks. That’s what everyone expected of him at the start of the season.
Jalen John and Stevie Rocker Jr. also stepped into the action. Rocker didn’t get any reach, but he had a nice 18-yard catch and ran to the sideline to put Arizona within goal distance. John didn’t have the rushing success he did against NAU, but he was an absolute problem in the passing game, getting 21 yards on two catches.
Clay Markoff got into the game more than he did in the last two games. It didn’t have such a strong game, but I would expect Arizona to find better ways to use it as a conference game.
- Drake Anderson: 21 cars, 67 yards, 1 TD & 3 rec, 16 yards
- Michael Wiley: 15 cars, 63 yds & 1 rec, 4 yds
- Stevie Rocker Jr .: 1 rec, 18 m
- Jalen John: 2 cars, 3 meters and 2 oars, 21 meters
- Clay Markoff: N / A
- Drake Anderson: 51
- Michael Wiley: 34
- Jalen John: 7
- Markoff clay: 4
- Stevie Rocker Jr .: 2
- Highest: Michael Wiley (74.3)
- Lowest: Clay Markoff (59.0)
- Highest: Michael Wiley (75.1)
- Lowest: Jalen John (57.0)
- Highest: Jalen John (85.8)
- Lowest: Michael Wiley (58.6)
BLOCKING THE PASS
- Highest: Drake Anderson (78.4)
- Lowest: Michael Wiley (70.0)
- Highest: Drake Anderson, Stevie Rocker Jr., Clay Markoff (60.0)
- Lowest: Michael Wiley (57.3)
The receivers had a better overall performance than against NAU and SDSU.
Stanley Berryhill III continues to be the team’s top receiver. He has been targeted 11 times, although not all of them have been caught, and he has also completed six carries. It’s easy to see with this kind of attention as Jedd Fisch and Brennan Carroll understand that they need to get the ball in their hands as much as possible.
BJ Casteel and Tayvian Cunningham both had very quiet games. They combined for three catches for 20 yards on five targets. They’ll have to do a better job of opening up if they want to see the ball come more. That being said, this was the first game that didn’t open up much. I want to point out that Casteel was the best race blocker receiver of the night and Cunningham has improved from his NAU performance in this regard.
Then we come to Boobie Curry, which is like a different receiver under this staff. It really begins to understand and take on its full meaning. He will have to learn how to earn more YACs instead of just grabbing and sitting. He is, however, beginning to establish himself as a reliable possession receiver. He will only see his snaps and opportunities increase if he continues his positive development.
The last three players to see the action are Jalen Johnson, Jamarye Joiner and Anthony Simpson. None were targeted but had decent success in blocking the race. Joiner and Simpson got their first offensive shots of the season. It’s worth noting that I think Joiner will be back in the rotation sooner rather than later.
- Stanley Berryhill III: 5 rec, 75 yds and 6 cars, 5 yds
- BJ Casteel: 1 rec, 11 m
- Tayvian Cunningham: 2 rec, 9 meters
- Boobie Curry: 4 rec, 49 yds
- Jalen Johnson: N / A
- Jamarye Joiner: N / A
- Anthony Simpson: N / A
- Stanley Berryhill III: 87
- BJ Casteel: 74
- Crazy curry: 48
- Tayvian Cunningham: 28
- Carpenter Jamarye: 9
- Jalen Johnson: 8
- Anthony Simpson: 2
- Highest: Curry boobie (70.5)
- Lowest: Jalen Johnson (45.7)
- Highest: Curry boobie (69.9)
- Lowest: BJ Casteel (45.4)
- Highest: Stanley Berryhill III (57.2)
- Lowest: N / A
- Highest: Curry boobie (62.1)
- Lowest: BJ Casteel (39.4)
- Highest: BJ Casteel (70.3)
- Lowest: Stanley Berryhill III (46.7)
The tight ends had a good game overall, however, there is still some work to do.
Bryce Wolma had the only touchdown of the night with an 11-yard player. It was his first since catching a TD from Khalil Tate against Hawaii in August 2019. However, Wolma didn’t have a good day on the pro pass front. It was sounded like giving up McCloud’s only bag.
Alex Lines had a solid game. he was very good at pass blocking situations and pulled off a nice 19-yard catch before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. I hope he will be in good health by the time the Bruins come to town.
Finally, we come to Stacey Marshall. His PFF scores don’t show it, but I think he made a solid game. He was very good at the counter-race and his score shows it. But I think he was better in passing situations than PFF. It was open on an exit in the red zone but McCloud threw the ball late and Verone McKinley got it back.
- Bryce Wolma: 1 rec, 11 yards, 1 TD
- Alex Lines: 1 rec, 19 m
- Stacey Marshall: N / A
- Bryce Wolma: 60
- Alex lines: 40
- Stacey Marshall: 11
- Highest: Alex Lines (62.8)
- Lowest: Bryce Wolma (52.0)
- Highest: Alex Lines (64.3)
- Lowest: Stacey Marshall (52.7)
BLOCKING THE PASS
- Highest: Alex Lines (75.8)
- Lowest: Bryce Wolma (46.9)
- Highest: Stacey Marshall (66.3)
- Lowest: Bryce Wolma (48.2)
When it comes to the offensive line, I don’t agree with a lot of PFF’s ratings for the unit. They got some things right, but not everything.
For example, I think they got the exact Paiton Fears score. He had his worst performance of the season on a pro pass to date. He allowed the Ducks to get 3 rushes against McCloud but didn’t clear a sack. That said, this is his best season in pass protection since joining Tucson. I’m interested to see if he can level off and continue to consolidate his bad plays.
Josh Donovan’s performance is another I agree with PFF on. Donovan is Arizona’s best pass-blocking lineman by far and had his second straight game without leaving any pressure against the QB. This is a big step forward in its development compared to last year. If he manages to consolidate his run block and erase some of his penalties, he will be one of the biggest surprises of the season. I mean, he’s already with his password blocking success.
Donovan Laie’s note, unfortunately, is another with which I agree. Laie allowed Oregon to squeeze McCloud 3 times, bringing his allowed pressures to 7 in 4 games. Now Laie isn’t playing 100%, however, this upcoming week off should give her a chance to get back into shape as Arizona progresses in the Pac-12 game.
Jordan Morgan played his best game of the season, but PFF doesn’t seem to think so. They gave him a decent run blocking rating, however, it’s the opposite for his pass block. He only gave up on pressing 44 pass blocking snaps, so I’m not sure why he’s so low. Still, this game gave Morgan something to build on for the rest of the season and should boost his confidence.
Josh McCauley is another player who put in a very good game, although PFF rated him lower than expected. He looked strong against the run, reaching second tier and attacking linebackers to open holes. He only allowed one press the entire match and that, apparently, justifies his passing pro rating lower than it should be. He’s easily the team’s second-best pass-blocking lineman and, after a disastrous BYU game in that regard, he’s always been good.
We finally come to Josh Baker. Now the youngster has had his struggles this year, especially in the first two games. This is changing though. He’s really started to take off in the last two games, giving up no pressure in 22 pro assists. PFF, however, gave him the lowest passing blocking rating among linemen. Notice Baker wasn’t perfect, but he gave up zero pressure. In my opinion, Oregon’s game was the best he has watched all season.
Overall, I think PFF was optimistic about OL Arizona, having held the line of scrimmage (for the most part) and controlled the game.
- Paiton Fears: 93
- Donovan Laie: 93
- Josh McCauley: 93
- Jordan Morgan: 93
- Josh Donovan: 60
- Josh Baker: 33
- Highest: Jordan Morgan (65.9)
- Lowest: Donovan Laie (50.7)
BLOCKING THE PASS
- Highest: Josh Donovan (87.7)
- Lowest: Josh Baker (48.3)
- Highest: Jordan Morgan (67.6)
- Lowest: Donovan Laie (48.1)