Check out the Arizona Wildcats football team’s biggest box score standouts each game.
Take one last look back at week two against No. 9 Oklahoma State (L, 37-14).
*Complete game stats*
WR Dan Buckner (Jr.)
- 10 catches, 142 yards, TD
We’ve been hearing about the junior’s ability since he transferred from the University of Texas last January.
After a pedestrian four catches for 38 yards in week one, Buckner finally had his coming out party…and on national television no less.
With All-American senior wide out Juron Criner on the sidelines recovering from an appendectomy, Buckner showed Arizona fans what they can expect next year when Criner takes his talents to the NFL.
As advertised, Buckner showcased his unique mix of size, speed and playmaking ability.
Unfortunately the game as already out of reach by the time he found the end zone.
WR Austin Hill (RS Fr.)
- 8 catches, 128 yards, fumble
Buckner might be the immediate future but Hill is poised to be the next big thing for the Wildcats.
Even with a crowded upper-class wide out core, Hill has worked himself into the line-up with a solid offseason.
The only problem with giving that many touches to a young guy is ball security.
Hill turned the ball over in Cowboy territory just before the half.
He’s lucky the score was already 21-0 or his mistake might not have been so forgivable.
CB Mark Watley (Jr.)
- 5 tackles (4 solo) INT, pass def
The back-up safety came up big for the Wildcats, picking off one of the few bad passes thrown all night by OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Watley’s interception put a stop to a Cowboys drive that had worked its way inside the red zone and kept Arizona within two scores.
The junior may have just earned himself some future playing time seeing as no one else in the secondary wanted to make a play last week.
CB Shaq Richardson (So.)
- 9 tackles (all solo)
Richardson has led the team in tackles two games in-a-row…but not for the right reasons.
With senior Trevin Wade at the other cornerback, teams are picking on the first year starting sophomore.
Opposing quarterbacks are a combined 44 of 49 in the first halves against the Wildcats this season.
A reality check should be motivation for the future and mistakes will turn into experience but for now it’s going to be painful to watch. At least he can tackle.
P Kyle Dugandzic (Jr.)
- 5 punts, 48 yards average, long of 54
With a struggling run game and two top 25 opponents the next two weeks, it appears the punter could continue to see a heavy work load.
You might want to get familiar with the new guy, Kyle Dugandzic.
Pronounced Doo-GANDS-ick, the junior juco-transfer earned the job over the spring after enrolling early.
For the second week in-a-row Dugandzic’s performance was one of the only positives to come out of the game.
Last week against NAU he averaged 50 yards per boot with a long of 56-yards.
The kicker position might not be settled yet but at least the punter’s spot appears secure.
Anything is better than those Zendejas punts of zero and 8-yards that left a bad taste in fans mouths at the end of last season.