Ka'Deem Carey has been getting plenty of attention for his record-setting performance against Colorado on Saturday, but he certainly could have not done it without his offensive line.
"He really loves to play football," lineman Trace Biskin said of Carey. "He's probably the most enthusiastic player in the locker room, before the game and after. It's been a lot of fun playing with him and he's going to have a great career."
With injuries to numerous linemen, Arizona has not had as much depth on the offensive line as the coaching staff would like.
"We have a lot of utility players," Biskin said. "Throughout camp we rotated and moved guys around knowing that every season guys have injuries. Coach Anae was smart in doing that. Knowing that if (Chris) Putton went down, Cayman (Bundage) would start. We knew that Shane (Zink) would rotate around and I would come back in for Shane and whatnot. We understand the scheme pretty well as a line, which tends to help us."
Arizona is among the leaders in college football in plays run and that would not be possible if the offensive line was not prepared to do. Conditioning has been a big part of what the Wildcats have been able to do on offense this year and Biskin sees great value in that.
"We take pride in being in shape," he said. "We worked hard in the offseason as a unit. We knew that we were going to have some hundred-play games, or that we might have injuries, or that we would need to persevere in certain situations. That's something we've focused on since camp and it's helped us along the way."
Now Biskin will have his biggest challenge of the season as he is one of the players that will be challenged with the task of containing Star Lotulelei.
"He's a big physical player and an anchor of the defensive line," Biskin said. "For us it's just going to be a matter of handling assignments and playing physical off the ball. If we do that and allow Ka'Deem (Carey) to run and open some passing lanes, we'll be okay."
In addition, Arizona will be traveling to an environment that will likely be considered one of the most hostile ones it sees all season.
"We've talked about the altitude, the cold, the wind," Biskin said. "For us, it's just about going fast and playing our game, trying to get in a rhythm. If we can establish ourselves in the first quarter then it will help us through the rest of the game."