UCLA: Ricky Elmore

The ends of the line for Arizona

October, 28, 2010
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Arizona defensive ends Brooks Reed (42) and Ricky Elmore (44) like to create backfield havoc.


Arizona has put together the top-ranked defense in the Pac-10 and one of the top defenses in the nation and it all begins with the ends.

Defensive ends Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed are a menacing combination, using an uncanny blend of speed and strength to create havoc on opposing offenses.

Elmore and Reed have combined for 11.5 sacks—nearly half of the 25 Arizona has to rank second in the nation. They have 55 total tackles between them and are key factors in a Wildcats defense that has given up only 90.86 yards rushing per game, which is seventh best in the nation.

“They’re the best defensive ends we’ve played all year,” UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said. “They’re a load, no question about it. We have to do what we can do. It’s imperative to our success that we have some measure of success against them.”

Not many teams have had much success against them. Elmore, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior out of Grace Brethren High in Simi Valley, is 10th in the nation with seven sacks and has had at least one sack in five of the last six games.

His high energy and quick first step enabled him to finish second in the Pac-10 with 10.5 sacks last year and he’s also a force against the run.

And Reed, a 6-3, 262-pound senior, is projected as an early-round NFL draft pick because of his versatility as a pass rusher and run stopper. He has excellent speed, a nose for the ball and rarely misses a tackle when he gets near it.

In large part because of Reed and Elmore, Arizona is giving up only 13.43 points a game and leads the Pac-10 in six major defensive categories, including scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense.

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First Look: Arizona Wildcats at UCLA

October, 26, 2010
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Arizona quarterback Nick Foles sat out last week's game against Washington because of a knee injury.

Arizona will bring the most prolific passing game in the Pac-10 when the Wildcats visit the Rose Bowl Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. game against UCLA, though it’s unclear who will be directing the offense.


But with the way Arizona plays defense, it might not matter.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles, who has 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns passing, is questionable to play because of a knee injury that kept him out last week, but backup Matt Scott filled in admirably last Saturday against Washington.

Scott, who began last season as the starter before losing the job to Foles, passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 65 yards in only seven carries as he led the Arizona to a 44-14 rout over the Huskies.

“He’s more of a running threat,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said of Scott. “Nick Foles is a very, very good player. A sure NFL prospect and I don’t know if he’ll be back or not, but the Scott kid is certainly very athletic and very accurate.”

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