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Arizona football player power rankings (week four)

Jerome Maillet
Colin Prenger / Arizona Daily Wildcat The UA football team beats SCSU on Sept. 15, 2012.

Every week, Arizona Daily Wildcat football beat reporters Zack Rosenblatt, Cameron Moon and Kyle Johnson will vote on the top 10 players on Arizona’s roster. The rankings will take into account the full-season performance, with fluctuations based on week-to-week performance.

**offensive line statistics are not available

1. Matt Scott, quarterback, Last Week: 1

Week 4: 22-of-44, 210 yards, 3 interceptions, 9 rush yards

Season totals: 1,205 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 65.9% completions, 199 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

It’s pretty well-known how much Scott struggled against Oregon. He had his worst game since 2009 when he struggled against Iowa and permanently lost his starting job to Nick Foles. That doesn’t take away from his great performance in weeks 1-3, though.

2. Jared Tevis, safety; LW: 5

Week 4: 12 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Season totals: 39 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles

Easily the biggest surprise on the Wildcats’ roster so far. A former walk-on, Tevis has become arguably the defense’s MVP with his big hits and ability to force turnovers.

3 (tie). Jake Fischer, linebacker; LW: 3

Week 4: 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Season totals: 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles

Fischer has been a stabilizing force in the middle of the defense, and he still leads the team in tackles. He wasn’t as much of a presence against Oregon, but he is still the Wildcats’ leader on defense.

3 (tie). Ka’Deem Carey, running back; LW: 2

Week 4: 79 rush yards, 4 catches, 37 yards

Season totals: 80 attempts, 423 rush yards, 6 total touchdowns

Carey struggled for most of Saturday’s game. As has been the case, he has given little-to-nothing in the first half of games. He did gain 70-plus yards in garbage time, though.

5. Jonathan McKnight, cornerback; LW: 5

Week 4: 8 tackles, 1 interception

Season totals: 17 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 4 pass deflections

McKnight continues his shutdown play at corner week-in and week-out. His interception streak extended to three games after one against Oregon.

6. Tra’Mayne Bondurant, safety, LW: Unranked

Week 4: 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss

Season totals: 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections

He has surprisingly flown under the radar so far, but the 5-foot-10, 200 pound safety has arguably given the wildcats their most consistent pass rush. He had three tackles for loss on Saturday alone.

7. Austin Hill, receiver; LW: 4

Week 4: 6 receptions, 50 yards

Season totals: 23 catches, 369 yards, 1 touchdown

Hill had a quiet 50 yards against Oregon, and he really didn’t make the same impact he has in recent weeks. He’s still the Wildcats’ most dangerous weapon at receiver.

8. Kyle Quinn, center; LW: 7

Week 4: 1 sack allowed by O-Line

Season totals: 4 games played

The offensive line as whole struggled, particularly in the run game as there were no holes for Carey or Daniel Jenkins at all in the first half. Quinn is still solid, but the line needs to tighten up.

9 (tie). Marquis Flowers, linebacker; LW: 8

Week 4: 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble

Season totals: 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble

Flowers’ name wasn’t called very much, with just four tackles, but he did force a fumble.

9 (tie). Sir Thomas Jackson, linebacker; LW: Unranked

Week 4: 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Season totals: 29 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections

Jackson has been a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats. Not even mentioned throughout spring or fall camps, Jackson is third on the team in tackling and stood out on Saturday with 10 tackles. Who would have thought before the season that three linebackers would be three of the UA’s best players?

Honorable mentions: receiver Dan Buckner, fullback/defensive end Taimi Tutogi

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