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.
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