With week one’s heartbreaking loss to BYU behind them, the Arizona Wildcats turn their attention to their first home game this Saturday. The opponent? The Grambling State Tigers.
The Tigers ripped off a 72-12 victory over the Virginia University of Lynchburg Dragons last week. They have a lot of speed on offense and do have big play capability. We should expect to see some zone-read offense from them as well. For some additional information on the matchup this week, Ronnie Stoffle wrote a first look.
Now let’s take a look at some potential impact players for Grambling:
Trevon Cherry, QB (No. 15)
Cherry is one of the quarterbacks Arizona might see on Saturday and is the "pocket passer", so to speak. He is a sophomore, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have talent. He has a pretty decent arm with accuracy and might test the secondary early on. Last week he went 11-for-15 for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Devante Kincade, QB (No. 1)
Kincade is another quarterback Arizona should expect to see. He is an Ole Miss transfer, and a pretty talented dual-threat QB. There’s not much to speak of in terms of his accuracy, but he’s definitely a playmaker with his legs, especially on zone-read plays. If the Wildcat defense can get pressure on him and contain him, they might be able to force some errant throws. Last week, Kincade went 10-for-18 for 107 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Running the ball, he had 139 yards on four carries and two touchdowns.
Chad Williams, WR (No. 10)
Williams was the Tigers’ leading receiver in 2015, tallying 62 catches for 1,012 and 10 touchdowns. He is a big target, measuring 6-foot-2 and 193 pounds. He did not record any stats last week and I would kind of be surprised if he plays this week. On Sunday September 4, Williams and two other males were arrested for marijuana and possession of firearms on LSU’s campus. I haven’t seen any update on his punishment but I don’t exactly see him getting playing time this weekend. It isn’t fully out of the question though.
Martez Carter, RB (No. 4)
Carter received second team All-SWAC honors as a sophomore last year after putting up some nice stats. He had 111 carries for 876 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Carter also had 12 catches for 134 yards and four receiving touchdowns. This is impressive production given his size, which is 5-foot-8, 175 pounds. Last week, he had three carries for 78 yards and no touchdowns, plus a four-yard reception. I expect him to get more carries against the Wildcats.
Guy Stallworth, DB (No. 29)
Stallworth, a senior, earned first team All-SWAC honors as a junior and is an anchor for Grambling’s secondary. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he is a DB who has great length and size. I expect him to potentially make some plays against Arizona’s smaller receivers and possibly be flying all over the field. Last year he had 56 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, and two interceptions.