September 24, 2007

Four games in breakdown: Offense

Arizona's 2007 season is one-third completed after four games and the UA is off to a shocking 1-3 start. The offense isn't to blame though, and here's a look at what we've learned from that side of the ball, position by position.


Willie Tuitama: 121-194, 1,254 yards, 10 TD, 4 INT

Statistically, Willie Tuitama has had a very good season, but the stats are a little bit misleading in this case. Tuitama has had some very good moments and has done a good job, considering he's adjusting to a new offense, but he's also made some critical mistakes that have cost his team in losses to BYU, New Mexico and Cal.

Poor decision making has been Tuitama's biggest flaw, but again that's expected when you're learning a new offense, not to mention the fact that he's a junior who played for half a season in each of his first two years at Arizona.

You can say this about Tuitama, he's leading the UA offense downfield with much more ease than any previous team, or quarterback, in the Mike Stoops era. The Arizona offense is finally a legitimate threat, and Tuitama will end up breaking a good percentage of the UA passing records if he continues on his current pace.

Backup Kris Heavner has only taken six snaps for Arizona this year, and the UA's third string QB, Tyler Lyon, is indefinitely suspended following an MIP arrest before the New Mexico game.

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