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Wildcats trying not to wear down from up-tempo style

Wildcats trying not to wear down from up-tempo style

CREATED Oct 3, 2012

Reporter: Jason Barr; Sports Director

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The up-tempo offense that made Arizona so tough to stop the first three games may be wearing the Wildcats down.

Arizona is averaging 88 plays per game, second nationally to Marshall, and doesn't have much depth, particularly on defense. That means the starters and key backups have been on the field perhaps longer than any players in the country.

The extra time on the field has worn the Wildcats down and led to injuries, particularly the past two weeks in losses to the Oregon schools.

Head Coach Rich Rodriguez said, "We've got some guys that are beat up and banged up and you saw who got hurt in the game."

Starting safety Jared Tevis and starting center Kyle Quinn both left with injuries. Rodriguez will update their status on Thursday.

It doesn't get any easier for Arizona this week, either. Up next is a road game against No. 18 Stanford, one of the biggest and most physical teams in the country.

"They might be the biggest team in college football," added Rodriguez.

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