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UCLA Coach Jim Mora avoids the great Scott question

October 29, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, shown facing pressure from Oklahoma's Caleb Lavey, may miss Saturday's game against UCLA after suffering a concussion in a game against USC.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, shown facing pressure from Oklahoma's… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

Arizona would face a tremendous challenge if quarterback Matt Scott is unable to play against UCLA on Saturday.

Scott, who suffered a concussion against USC on Saturday, ranks fourth nationally in passing yards, averaging 340.5 yards per game. UCLA Coach Jim Mora hyped the Wildcats’ offense Monday, saying, “it’s fast and furious and they score a lot of points.”

But Mora side-stepped questions about how fast and how furious the Wildcats would be if Scott does not play.

“He’s a great player and he’s having a tremendous year, but we prepare for the scheme,” Mora said. “That won’t change.”

But Arizona certainly will.

Scott was scheduled to be reevaluated Monday. Whether he will play against UCLA on Saturday will be decided later in the week.

The former Corona Centennial High School player is a handful. Besides his passing skills, he has 361 yards rushing, 100 of which came against USC.

Older UCLA players are already well-aware of his abilities. Scott, playing for an injured Nick Foles, threw for 319 yards and ran for another 71 in a 29-21 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2010.

Scott’s backup, B.J Denker, has not thrown a pass since Sept. 22 against Oregon. He is 11 of 18 for 111 yards and one touchdown this season.

Denker, who played at North Torrance High School and Cerritos College, is smaller than Scott and not as fast.

Mora stuck to the generic approach, saying “we’re always aware of the great players, but, as a defense, what you do is learn to defend the scheme.”

He did admit that the Bruins were scrounging for tape of Denker.

“We’re working on finding out as much as we can,” Mora said.

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