UCLA looks to limit Arizona's strong rushing attack
NOV 06, 2013 9:31p ET
The answer is simple: You don't.
"You don't necessarily try to bottle up Ka'Deem Carey," said UCLA coach Jim Mora. "You try to limit his explosive plays against you. But you don't lead the nation in rushing – you don't just stop those guys."
But the Bruins did somewhat slow down Carey up last season, limiting him to just 54 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown in a 66-10 win at the Rose Bowl. Carey has yet to be held under 100 yards since that night.
"We got the lead early so I think they had to throw it probably more than they wanted to," Mora said. "He's a great one. I think he's a guy that gets better every time you watch him play. He was great last year, he's better this year and next year he'll be great at the next level."
Arizona fields the 11th-best rushing offense in the nation. Quarterback B.J. Denker is effective with his legs and senior Daniel Jenkins has a penchant for long runs.
"When you look at them, the casual observer and you see the four wideout sets, you think they're just going to sling it all over the yard," Mora said. "But really, they do a great job of spreading you out and running. They're a great rushing offense. They're averaging 280-something yards per game running the football, that's pretty impressive."
All injured players are expected back in action this weekend but that doesn't mean they automatically resume their starting roles.
Simon Goines will be available this week but will not start. Scott Quessenberry has been effective and impressive in his short tenure on the offensive line and Mora doesn't plan on removing him any time soon.
"I go over to Brett during the ( Colorado) game and I said, 'Hey Brett, let's pick up the tempo a little bit,' He goes, 'Well, if I could get my left guard Peyton Manning to quit making all these calls we could go a little faster,'" Mora said. "You see Scott, he gets down and he's pointing everybody out. He's just so mature and he's confident."
Goines is expected to be worked back in slowly.
"I don't think (Goines) is 100 percent healthy yet so we just want to work him back in as we sit fit," Mora said.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks will be back after missing most of the Oregon game and last Saturday's game, and cornerback Fabian Moreau, who limped off the field after a particularly bad hit against Colorado, is also expected play.
Also on that list is running back Jordon James, who saw limited action against the Buffs in his first game back from an ankle injury.
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