Analysis of Arizona Wildcats defense against Oregon via Pro Football Focus
After Arizona’s impressive performance against No.3 Oregon in the first three quarters and up, they couldn’t stop the mistakes that drove the deficit from five to out of reach. The result was a 41-19 loss.
Let’s take a look at the Pro Football Focus goal, in conjunction with my analysis, to see how the Arizona defense fared against the Ducks.
As a reminder, see the rating scale below:
The defensive line had a solid game overall. To put it in perspective, the Position Group posted their highest score this season in QB pressures at seven. That’s against a very good and highly rated O-line from Oregon.
After missing the game against NAU, Trevon Mason was back and made an impact. He had a good performance against the ball carrier and with his pass rush. His best play came as he hit a ball over the line of scrimmage that nearly landed in the hands of JB Brown for a big play to complete the first half.
Speaking of Brown, he had a good game. Besides the near-pick, he has been disruptive in the running game and has had his best running against passing performance of the season so far.
Kyon Barrs continued his fantastic season. Watching him play it is very clear that he has taken a big step forward in his development. He’s aggressive and is UA’s best defensive lineman by far. He recorded his fourth straight game with a TFL and was an absolute problem in rushing passing situations for the Ducks. He had the most pressures with three.
Mo Diallo came in early in the second half, after missing the first half due to an extremely questionable targeting call against NAU, and immediately made a play. On his third shot from the field, with l ‘Oregon in the shadow of his own goal post, Diallo blew the line and sacked Anthony brown for Arizona’s second safety of the season. Pretty awesome to just get into the game.
The best lineman of the evening was Jalen harris. He has played really well this season. The stats might not show it, and there were a few issues that needed to be addressed, but overall it did well. He displayed impressive athleticism as he picked up the back of the field for cover and stayed with him the entire way, forcing a check. He also demonstrated excellent vision and line-to-line speed in keeping edge games at little or no payoffs.
Paris Shand came in and played some shots.
- Jalen Harris: 3 tackles, 1 press QB (1 press)
- Mo Diallo: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QB Pressure (1 Sack)
- JB Brown: 2 tackles, 1 press QB (1 press)
- Trevon Mason: 2 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 QB Pressure (1 Hit)
- Kyon Barrs: 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 QB presses (2 rushes, 1 hit)
- Paris Shand: N / A
- Trévon Mason: 50
- Kyon bars: 47
- Jalen Harris: 44
- JB Brown: 42
- Mo Diallo: 9
- Paris Shand: 2
- Highest: Jalen Harris (68.7)
- Lowest: Paris Shand (60.1)
- Highest: Jalen Harris (76.4)
- Lowest: Mo Diallo (32.1)
- Highest: Trevon Mason (67.9)
- Lowest: JB Brown (58.6)
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- Highest: JB Brown (62.1)
- Lowest: Kyon Barrs (54.8)
- Highest: Jalen Harris (63.0)
- Lowest: N / A
The fans have played very well so far this season. The Oregon game was no exception. However, I want to start with a negative point.
Anthony pandy, who had a very good season, did not have a great game according to PFF. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with PFF’s ratings. I think he had a solid game, but it certainly wasn’t his best. He missed a tackle, however, it was only his second of the season. Plus, it was nice to see him disrupt the QB in rushing situations. I also think he did a great job on his angles of attack and tackles overall.
Continuing, we have Treshaun Hayward, which turns out to be a tackle machine. He was a very solid tackle against Oregon, posting his best score of the season. He was all over the pitch, making plays and keeping up the defensive momentum for most of the game. He didn’t do very well in the cover, although that’s not nearly as surprising as that isn’t a strong point for him. I would be really interested to see how he would fare with another year in Don Brown’s scheme.
Kenny Hébert got better every week. He was aggressive, quick and showed great instincts throughout the game. His overall rating is down, but I think that’s based on the offside penalties he’s had. Anyway, I don’t agree with this rating. It should be noted that his expertise in rushing passes is starting to shine, winning his first sack of the season.
Speaking of playing well, Young christian really found her home as a VIPER. He’s easily Arizona’s best tackle player and played his best ball as the Wildcat. It looks the most comfortable I have ever seen. He erred against Oregon, leaving TE behind for a touchdown. It was probably his worst game of the season. Don Brown thinks it was also his biggest mistake of the season. Even so, he’s really come a long way since arriving in Tucson.
Rachie Hodge Jr. played his best game since BYU. He did a great tackling job and did a good job against the race. I expect him to improve as he becomes more comfortable with the pattern and continues to develop. Jerry roberts played a bit too. He hasn’t recorded any stats, however, I can see him spending more and more time on the pitch as he gets more comfortable.
- Treshaun Hayward: 8 tackles
- Christian Young: 6 tackles, 2 SEBs
- Kenny Hebert: 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 QB Pressures (2 Hurries, 1 Sack)
- Anthony Pandy: 4 tackles, 1 press QB (1 press)
- Rashie Hodge Jr .: 2 tackles
- Jerry Roberts: N / A
- Young Christian: 51
- Anthony Pandy: 49
- Treshaun Hayward: 42
- Kenny Hébert: 34
- Rachie Hodge Jr .: 12
- Jerry Roberts: 4
- Highest: Rashie Hodge Jr. (71.0)
- Lowest: Jerry Roberts (47.2)
- Above: Treshaun Hayward and Christian Young (82.9)
- Lowest: Anthony Pandy (55.5)
- Highest: Kenny Hebert (67.3)
- Lowest: Anthony Pandy (55.4)
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- Highest: Treshaun Hayward (72.3)
- Lowest: Anthony Pandy (52.4)
- Highest: Christian Young (68.6)
- Lowest: Treshaun Hayward (41.4)
It would be misleading to say that the CBs are doing well. They are more than that, they are very good. In fact, you don’t hear too much about corners during a game really. There is a reason for this. The group this year hasn’t really allowed a lot of catches or allowed a lot of big plays or scores. In fact, they don’t have too many assists overall this season.
Example: Christian Roland Wallace allowed just seven yards on a catch on three targets. Its coverage rate in the table below is waste. I’m not sure what PFF saw but I totally disagree with this. In fact, opposing QBs are only completing 50% of their passes against him this season.
Isaiah Rutherford is just as good. He had a target against Oregon and it was an incomplete pass. Opposing QBs only complete 33.3% of their passes against him. It’s, uh, very good.
Treydan stukes is the most fragile of the turns but he is very young. He allowed three receptions on three targets for 54 yards. However, he hasn’t allowed a touchdown and hasn’t allowed one all year. Stukes will get better and better the more he plays.
- Christian Roland-Wallace: 2 tackles, 1 rec / 3 targets, 7 yds, 0 TD
- Treydan Stukes: 2 tackles, 3 rec / 3 targets, 54 yards, 0 TD
- Isaiah Rutherford: 0 rec / 1 target, 0 yards
- Christian Roland Wallace: 57
- Isaiah Rutherford: 57
- Treydan Stukes: 16
- Highest: Isaiah Rutherford (71.1)
- Lowest: Treydan Stukes (44.9)
- Highest: Treydan Stukes (79.0)
- Lowest: Christian Roland-Wallace (74.8)
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- Highest: Isaiah Rutherford (64.3)
- Lowest: Treydan Stukes (60.0)
- Highest: Isaiah Rutherford (70.9)
- Lowest: Treydan Stukes (44.8)
It was not a good game for the group. It really looked like the Ducks were going after the group and I believe they were. After poor tackling technique in midfield gave Oregon a quick touchdown to start the game, they found the weak spot in the defense.
Gunner Maldonado had a very inconsistent match. His blanket was on and off. He didn’t use the best technique to take down the running backs, although he sometimes did. I think he’s a great option in the defensive backfield, however, there are things to clean up. He’s still young and still has his best football ahead of him.
Jaydin Young didn’t play a good game at all. He didn’t tackle well and didn’t cover well, although he had two breakouts. There were times when you could see his frustration with his own performance. I don’t worry about him though. He is very talented and has a high ceiling. Like Maldonado, the best football is yet to come for the youngster.
Jaxen turner, who missed the first half due to real targeting against NAU, came in and did a solid job. His covering skills have been the best I’ve seen of him since moving to Tucson, minus the SDSU game. Even if he allows a catch, he did a very good job limiting the yards gained by the receiver. One aspect he will have to continue working on is his tackle. Hopefully, he reinforces that as UA progresses through the conferencing game.
- Gunner Maldonado: 6 tackles, 1 rec / 2 targets, 9 yards, 1 TD
- Jaydin Young: 3 tackles, 2 SEBs, 0 rec / 4 targets, 0 yds
- Jaxen Turner: 1 tackle, 1 PBU, 0 rec / 1 target, 0 yards
- Gunner Maldonado: 54
- Jaydin Young: 37
- Jaxen Turner: 20
- Highest: Jaxen Turner (71.2)
- Lowest: Jaydin Young (47.0)
- Highest: Gunner Maldonado (60.4)
- Lowest: Jaxen Turner (27.9)
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- Highest: Gunner Maldonado (69.5)
- Lowest: Jaxen Turner (48.6)
- Highest: Jaxen Turner (81.5)
- Lowest: Jaydin Young (43.5)