Washington Huskies (3-3, 1-2) at Arizona Wildcats (3-3, 0-3): Who will play on Sundays?






Desmond Trufant


Washington senior cornerback Desmond Trufant, younger brother of two NFL players, is projected to be the best NFL prospect on display tonight at Arizona Stadium. Before last week’s game against USC, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters that he was informed by NFL scouts that Trufant was one of the top two or three cornerbacks in the country. “Under new defensive coordinator Josh Wilcox, Trufant has been allowed to play more bump and run,” NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang writes. “(He is) maximizing the athletic ability that some close to him believe is even better than that of either of his brothers.”


Matt Scott


CBSSports.com recently rated Arizona senior quarterback Matt Scott the third-highest rated NFL prospect in the Pac-12. “Why he has the third spot: Scott had a career-day in the Wildcats’ 54-48 OT loss to Stanford,” CBSSports.com’s John Breech writes. “The senior QB set the Pac-12 record for completions and pass attempts, going 45 of 69 for 491 yards and three touchdowns against a Cardinal defense that doesn’t usually surrender 491 yards to anyone. Scott’s 491 yards was the third-highest total in school history. Season stats (six games): 186 for 289, 2,099 yards, 13 TD passes, 7 INTs; 57 carries for 222 yards and 2 TDs. Player ranking: Scott is ranked 172nd overall and is the 12th-highest quarterback in CBSSports.com’s latest player rankings.”


Keith Price


Last season, Washington quarterback Keith Price broke the school record with 33 touchdown passes with 11 interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. Those totals rank better than what Jake Locker accomplished while with the Huskies. Statistically, Price outplayed Heisman winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor last season in the Alamo Bowl. Price accounted for an NCAA record-breaking seven touchdowns (four passing, three rushing) on 23 of 37 passing for 438 yards in the 67-56 shootout. Against, Arizona’s thin and struggling defense, Price could show signs of why scouts believe he can have an NFL future.







Austin Hill


Arizona’s top two receivers, Austin Hill (42 catches, 608 yards, five TDs) and Dan Buckner (39 catches, 513 yards, two TDs), are potential NFL receivers. They stand taller than 6-feet-3 and weigh more than 200 pounds. Marcus Peters (5-11, 194) and Peters (6-0, 185) are slightly smaller. Peters told the Tacoma News-Tribune that he plans on pushing, pulling and bumping Arizona’s receivers. “They don’t like contact,” Peters told the News-Tribune about receivers in general. Peters, a freshman, has two interceptions, including one last week against USC’s Matt Barkley.


Sean Parker


Washington junior safety Sean Parker (5-10, 190) had 27 tackles against the Huskies’ best competition — LSU, Stanford, Oregon and USC. In the victory over the Cardinal, Parker had five tackles, one for lost yardage, and a forced fumble. He had an interception last season against Arizona. NFL scouts are cautious about his size but Parker is still considered a future pro because of his athleticism, tackling ability and nose for the ball. Coming out of high school, he was recruited by USC and Michigan.


Ka’Deem Carey


Keep an eye on Arizona sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey in the second half tonight. Carey, who is setting himself up for football career beyond Tucson, has performed considerably better in the second half this season. Anthony Gimino of TucsonCitizen.com pointed out in a blog this week that Carey is averaging 3.81 yards on 59 carries in the first half of games and is averaging 6.84 yards on 67 carries in the second half. He has 26 runs of more than 10 yards; 19 have come in the second half. “That’s that RichRod offense,” Carey told Gimino. “It just wears you down. I can see the defense just putting their hands on their hips and breathing a little deeper. Once I see that, I tell Matt, ‘Let’s go. Let’s have some fun. Let’s play football.’”

LINKS OF NOTE FOR ARIZONA-STANFORD GAME:

Greg Hansen points out in his Mr. Football column that Arizona and Washington have each played .500 football since the 1992 meeting in which the Wildcats upset the top-ranked Huskies. The Wildcats are 112-112 and Washington is 118-118-1. That means the Huskies have played 13 more games than Arizona since that meeting.

— Gimino predicts a 41-38 victory for Arizona over Washington, which means another thriller is in store.

TOP FIVE FORMER WASHINGTON PLAYERS IN THE NFL

1. Jake Locker, quarterback, Tennessee
2. Dashon Goldson, safety, San Francisco
3. Donald Butler, linebacker, San Diego
4. Mason Foster, linebacker, Tampa Bay
5. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, defensive end, Tampa Bay

TOP FIVE FORMER ARIZONA PLAYERS IN THE NFL

1. Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England
2. Lance Briggs, linebacker, Chicago
3. Mike Thomas, wide receiver, Jacksonville
4. Antoine Cason, cornerback, San Diego
5. Brooks Reed, linebacker, Houston

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner

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