It's Thursday, which means the official Arizona Wildcats injury report is out, and for the first time in a long time, there are no offensive players on it. However, Arizona's defense is a little bit banged up. Here's a look at how everyone is listed:
QUESTIONABLE: Tra'Mayne Bondurant (knee), Jarvis McCall (shoulder)
OUT: DeAndre' Miller (shoulder)
The possibility of playing without Bondurant against a talented team like UCLA is a little scary. Since the beginning of Pac-12 play, the senior safety-turned-linebacker-hybrid has been a huge playmaker on defense, getting pressure on the quarterback consistently and making big plays to stop the run, and even recovering an onside kick against Cal. Basically, there's been a new attitude from the entire defense since he made his way back into the starting lineup.
If McCall can't play, all that means is that freshman Cam Denson will get his chances early and often. Denson had his first career interception last game, and as he continues to get reps at corner, he'll keep getting better and better. McCall hasn't been particularly good this year, but any loss of depth on this defense is never a good thing. Could mean we'll see a little Devin Holiday as well.
No running backs on the injury report for the first time in what seems like forever. So RichRod should have three healthy guys that he can put in the backfield that have proven themselves this year. That's a really good thing for arguably the most important game to date this year.