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Sonoran Hot Reads: Jamaal Williams forced 12 missed Arizona tackles

BYU’s running back certainly didn’t look rusty

Arizona v BYU Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

If there’s one thing the Arizona Wildcats’ defense struggled with in the opener against the BYU Cougars, it was tackling. When facing a mobile quarterback and a bruising running back, this becomes a bigger issue. Though it appeared the defensive line did pretty well against BYU’s offense line, Jamaal Williams got a ton of yards by himself. He ended up with 162 yards, and according to Pro Football Focus, that was thanks to 12 missed tackles on 30 touches. That’s not going to get it done

- Tackling is one of many "fixable" issues that Arizona had in the first game of the year

- Sticking with the tackling theme here, Jon Johnston over at Corn Nation took a look at the inconsistencies with the targeting rule in the first week of action

- This week’s opponent, Grambling State, is technically ranked 40th in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll. However, the Wildcats opened as a 46.5 point favorite, which is a lot more points than they scored at all last week

- There have been a few minor changes to the depth chart this week

- Arizona commit Braxton Burmeister is on the cover of the San Diego Football Nights Lights Magazine issue entitled "Is This the Best Recruiting Class San Diego Has Ever Had?". However, he did not make our top performers from Arizona’s 2017 recruiting class this week

- Gabe also chatted with Odua Isibor this weekend about Arizona and....Yale?

- Former Wildcat Robert Golden was named one of the Steelers’ four captains

- This year’s Hard Edge Player of the Week Trophy is pretty sweet:


- Arizona has been on tons of "top lists" by recruits this offseason. Here’s a roundup of the ones the Wildcats currently find themselves on


- Cody Ramer and Zach Gibbons were right in the middle of a tenth-inning rally for Orem, but what else is new?

- Kevin Newman’s Altoona Curve begin postseason play on Wednesday. As do Bobby Dalbec’s Lowell Spinners. Dalbec ended up hitting .386 in the regular season, with seven HRs and an OPS of 1.101

Other sports

- Volleyball is receiving votes in the AVCA poll

Tucson news

- A decomposed body was found in Picture Rocks

- For Labor Day, Olive Garden delivered food to local firefighters

- A man was stabbed six times at the Northwest side Chariot Pizza

- A suspicious package at Taco Bell ended up being a solar-powered radio because Tucson is the best