TUCSON, Ariz. There are a few ways to look at Arizonas defense coming out of spring practice, but theres one undisputed one: Its got to get better.
It seemingly cant get any worse than it was last year, at least when it comes to numbers, because it was miserable. UA finished 105th nationally in scoring defense (35.3 points per game allowed) and 118th in total defense (499 yards per game allowed).
Of course, the Wildcats finished last in the Pac-12 in defense -- and still managed to finish 8-5 overall and win the New Mexico Bowl.
Imagine what they could have done with a decent defense.
In preparation for next season, it didnt help that, because of myriad injuries, UA was limited in spring ball. Accordingly, tackling wasnt a priority.
Some guys were playing before their time, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said after the annual spring game earlier this month. We dont do a lot of tackling in the spring because we are worried about injuries, but we (got injuries) anyway. We did OK. ...