This Web site will offer something unique the entire season, Rich Rodriguez’s first in Tucson — a weekly update of the Top 10 storylines of the 2012 season. Think of it as the AP Top 25 poll that updates every week, or an ongoing Top 10 storyline theme done throughout the season instead of waiting for one at the end of the year, when the media usually likes to recap the season’s developments.
What will be the No. 1 development in the end? Enjoy the ride while we find out. In the meantime, use this Top 10 tracker for reference.
ARIZONA’S TOP 10 FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENTS
From Reporting Date, Aug. 1 to Oct. 25
1. Oct. 6 — The emergence of senior quarterback Matt Scott as one of the best — if not the best — quarterbacks in the Pac-12 as evidenced by his performance at Stanford in Arizona’s 54-48 overtime loss. USC’s Matt Barkley is the odds-on favorite to be the conference’s first-team quarterback and remains a distant Heisman candidate. Ask the Cardinal defense — which has the No. 30 pass-efficiency defense in the nation — who is more effective. Barkley completed only 20 of 41 passes for 254 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in USC’s 21-14 loss to the Cardinal on Sept. 15. Scott completed 45 of 69 passes — both school records — for 491 yards and three touchdown and one interception. Last ranking: No. 1.
2. Oct. 23 — Arizona sophomore Ka’Deem Carey evolves into a nationally elite running back. In the 52-17 win over Washington, Carey gained a career-high 172 rushing yards and added a touchdown. Carey’s career-best rushing yardage total was the sixth-best by a Pac-12 player this season and put him over 100 yards for the third-consecutive game and for the fifth time in seven games this season. Carey’s two-yard rushing touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his sixth over the last three games and tied him with Trung Canidate (1999) with 11 rushing TDs in a season, fourth-most in school history. Combined with one receiving touchdown, Carey’s 12 total touchdowns this season are second-most for any Pac-12 player. Carey ranks No. 16 in the nation with 842 rushing yards, while his 1,064 yards from scrimmage are eighth-most nationally. He is averaging 120.3 rushing yards per game and is tied for the most 100-yard rushing games in the league this year. He was added on Oct. 24 to the Maxwell Award Watch list. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the most outstanding collegiate football player since 1937. Last ranking: NR.
3. Oct. 1 — At least three football players suffer career-ending injuries. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez announces that former fullback turned linebacker Greg Nwoko, a fifth-year senior, has likely played his last football game. This follows announcements earlier in the season that offensive lineman Jack Baucus (knees) and sophomore linebacker Rob Hankins Jr. (concussion) have also suffered career-ending injuries. Last ranking: No. 2.