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Arizona vs NAU Players of the Game

A look at the Wildcats who stood out in their 62-24 shellacking of NAU

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The Arizona Wildcats started the 2017 season with a 62-24 beatdown of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Saturday.

Here are the players we thought stood out above the rest:

Offense: Brandon Dawkins, QB

Stats: 7-for-13, 89 yds, 1 TD; 7 car, 92 yds, 2 TD

We all know Dawkins can make plays with his legs, as shown by his rushing numbers. He had a 66-yard touchdown run, then another 10-yard touchdown run on a fake reverse.

Not to mention he had two other touchdown runs called back due to penalties.

Dawkins’ passing left a little to be desired, but I thought he looked improved. He made better reads, just not all of them. He does need to work on his timing a little bit and his touch down the field, but it will be interesting to see how his progression continues this year.

Defense: Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, S

Stats: 8 tackles, 2 INT

DFF is a playmaker. Plain and simple. He made some good reads on the quarterback, and came away with two interceptions, one of which was at the one-yard line and directly prevented NAU from putting points the board.

It was a rather rough night for Arizona’s defense as a whole, as it surrendered over 500 yards to the FCS team, but Flannigan-Fowles showed why experts peg him as one of the best safeties in the Pac-12.

Special Teams: Lucas Havrisik, K

Havrisik has a ridiculous leg. He absolutely crushed every single kick he had, save one, with nine of his 10 kickoffs going for touchbacks.

And for good measure, he had a successful PAT attempt.

Rich Rodriguez said he wished he’d have given Havrisik another PAT attempt or two, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the freshman is more than a kickoff specialist by season’s end.

Honorable Mentions

Shun Brown, WR: 1 receptions, 5 yards; 66-yd punt return TD

Tony Ellison, WR: 5 receptions, 79 yards, 1 TD

Kylan Wilborn, DE/STUD: 2 tackles, 1.0 tackle for los, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble

Lorenzo Burns, CB: 7 tackles, 1 pass breakup